Mitsubishi Electric Classic - R1

Scott McCarron tops leaderboard with 2 holes to play

April 19-21
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia
$1,800,000
Round 2, Round 3


Scott McCarron topped the leaderboard at 4 under with two holes left Friday when first-round play in the rain-delayed Mitsubishi Electric Classic was suspended because of darkness.


The start of the PGA Tour Champions event was delayed more than four hours because of 2 3/4 inches of rain overnight and severe weather in the morning at TPC Sugarloaf.

”The course played extremely difficult,” McCarron said. ”The wind was fairly strong and it swirls back there in the trees, so it’s very difficult to guess what direction it was, what clubs to hit, start lines. I just thought it was very difficult. Tough to putt, everything.”

The 53-year-old McCarron birdied Nos. 2, 3 and 5 before dropping a stroke on the par-4 sixth. He will resume play Saturday morning with a 118-yard third shot on the par-5 eighth.

”It was one of those days you were just grinding it out,” McCarron said. ”I hit it close quite a few times. Could have made some other ones from inside 10 feet and I didn’t make them. But I’m happy with 4 under right now.”

He has eight victories on the 50-and over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour.

Bob May was a stroke back with seven holes remaining, and Sandy Lyle was 2 under with three to go.

Bernhard Langer was even par with four holes left, a week after tying for 62nd in the Masters. The 61-year-old German star won the 2013 event and finished second four of the last five years. He won the Oasis Championship in February for his 39th Champions title.

Defending champion Steve Flesch was 5 over with four holes left.


Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz was 5 over with seven holes remaining. The 51-year-old former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption. He tied for 53rd this season in Tucson, Arizona, in his tour debut.

Fellow former big league pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa was 4 over with eight to go. He also got a sponsor exemption.


Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
1
Scott McCarron
-4
16
2
Bob May
-3
11
3
Sandy Lyle
-2
15
T4
Jerry Kelly
-1
16
T4
Ken Tanigawa
-1
13
T4
Tommy Tolles
-1
13
T7
Michael Bradley
E
F
72
T7
Jerry Smith
E
F
72
T7
Kirk Triplett
E
F
72
T7
Esteban Toledo
E
15
T7
Vijay Singh
E
15
T7
Jay Haas
E
14
T7
Joe Durant
E
14
T7
Bernhard Langer
E
14
T7
José María Olazábal
E
13
T7
Stephen Leaney
E
11
T7
Dan Olsen
E
10
T18
Willie Wood
1
F
73
T18
Tim Petrovic
1
F
73
T18
Glen Day
1
F
73
T18
Rocco Mediate
1
F
73
T18
Chris DiMarco
1
F
73
T18
Miguel Angel Jiménez
1
16
T18
Paul Broadhurst
1
15
T18
Brandt Jobe
1
13
T18
Woody Austin
1
13
T18
Skip Kendall
1
12
T18
Gene Sauers
1
12
T18
Tom Gillis
1
11
T18
Fran Quinn
1
11
T18
Cliff Kresge
1
10
T32
Wes Short, Jr.
2
F
74
T18
Billy Mayfair
2
F
74
T18
Kent Jones
2
F
74
T18
Scott Verplank
2
F
74
T18
Colin Montgomerie
2
F
74
T18
Dudley Hart
2
17
T18
Scott Parel
2
16
T18
Darren Clarke
2
16
T18
Tom Pernice Jr.
2
15
T18
Michael Allen
2
14
T18
Paul Goydos
2
14
T18
Bart Bryant
2
13
T18
Carlos Franco
2
13
T18
Stephen Ames
2
13
T18
Ken Duke
2
12
T18
David McKenzie
2
11
T48
Tommy Armour III
3
F
75
T48
Retief Goosen
3
F
75
T48
David Toms
3
15
T48
Kevin Sutherland
3
15
T48
Duffy Waldorf
3
13
T48
Gary Hallberg
3
13
T48
Dan Forsman
3
12
T48
Scott Pieri
3
10
T56
Mike Goodes
4
F
76
T56
Lee Janzen
4
F
76
T56
John Huston
4
F
76
T56
John Daly
4
F
76
T56
Billy Andrade
4
F
76
T56
Tom Byrum
4
17
T56
Doug Garwood
4
15
T56
Jesper Parnevik
4
13
T56
Shigetoshi Hasegawa
4
10
T56
Gibby Gilbert III
4
10
T56
Brian Cooper
4
9
T67
Greg Kraft
5
F
77
T67
Jeff Sluman
5
F
77
T67
Brad Bryant
5
F
77
T67
Tom Watson
5
16
T67
Steve Flesch
5
14
T67
Kenny Perry
5
14
T67
Larry Mize
5
12
T67
John Smoltz
5
11
T75
Joey Sindelar
6
F
78
T75
David Frost
6
17
T75
Mark Calcavecchia
8
14
T75
Larry Nelson
8
12