Mitsubishi Electric Classic - R2

Scott McCarron takes 3-shot lead into final round

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

Scott McCarron birdied the par-5 18th hole Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic.


The 53-year-old McCarron completed a 4-under 68 in the morning in the rain-delayed second round and shot a 70 in the afternoon to reach 6-under 138 at TPC Sugarloaf, the site of his last two PGA Tour titles.

”It was a grind all the way. It was a tough day again,” McCarron said. ”The wind was up, it was very cold, tough to get the ball close. You can see with the scores. … The golf course is playing very difficult. And 2 under, I felt like I left a couple out there, but I also made a couple really good par saves, too.”

McCarron has eight victories on the 50-and-over tour. He won three times on the PGA Tour, taking the BellSouth Classic at the course in 1997 and 2001.

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”It’s a long time,” McCarron said. ”But again, once you come back to a golf course you play well at, those memories start coming back to you. You start seeing lines off tees that you took, you start seeing maybe some of the putts you made coming down the stretch. Even though it’s a long time, I still have a pretty good memory of the good stuff.”

Rocco Mediate was second, following an opening 73 with a 68.

”For me, it was really good,” Mediate said. ”I put it on 17 greens today, which is sweet. Still, the putting is so hard around here. Jeez, oh, man, the putting’s hard around here. They’re just so fast. They’re firm. They’re still lightning, they’re still bricks, so you’ve got to have control.”


Miguel Angel Jimenez (70) was 2 under along with Kent Jones (68), Joe Durant (70) and Kirk Triplett (70). Jimenez, the 2014 winner, closed with a double bogey on 18.

Bernhard Langer was tied for 20th at 2 over after rounds of 77 and 69. 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.

Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz was tied for 68th in the 78-player field at 10 over, finishing off a first-round 80 and shooting 74 in the second. The former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption. He tied for 53rd in Tucson, Arizona, in March his tour debut.

Fellow former big league pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa also struggled, shooting 79-78 to drop into a tie for 74th at 13 over. He also got a sponsor exemption.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Scott McCarron
-6
68
70
138
2
Rocco Mediate
-3
73
68
141
T3
Kent Jones
-2
74
68
142
T3
Joe Durant
-2
72
70
142
T3
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-2
72
70
142
T3
Kirk Triplett
-2
72
70
142
T7
Duffy Waldorf
-1
76
67
143
T7
Stephen Ames
-1
73
70
143
T7
Bob May
-1
69
74
143
T10
Stephen Leaney
E
74
70
144
T10
Ken Duke
E
73
71
144
T10
Jeff Sluman
E
77
67
144
T10
Glen Day
E
73
71
144
T10
Jerry Kelly
E
71
73
144
T15
Colin Montgomerie
1
74
71
145
T15
Billy Andrade
1
76
69
145
T15
Willie Wood
1
73
72
145
T15
Vijay Singh
1
72
73
145
T15
Michael Bradley
1
72
73
145
T20
Dan Olsen
2
74
72
146
T20
Woody Austin
2
75
71
146
T20
José María Olazábal
2
74
72
146
T20
Kevin Sutherland
2
76
70
146
T20
Esteban Toledo
2
73
73
146
T20
Ken Tanigawa
2
73
73
146
T20
Bernhard Langer
2
77
69
146
T20
Tim Petrovic
2
73
73
146
T20
Kenny Perry
2
77
69
146
T20
Jerry Smith
2
72
74
146
T30
Fran Quinn
3
74
73
147
T30
Gibby Gilbert III
3
74
73
147
T30
Brandt Jobe
3
74
73
147
T30
Dan Forsman
3
75
72
147
T30
Lee Janzen
3
76
71
147
T30
Wes Short, Jr.
3
74
73
147
T30
Steve Flesch
3
77
70
147
T37
Scott Parel
4
74
74
148
T37
Darren Clarke
4
74
74
148
T37
Tom Pernice Jr.
4
74
74
148
T37
Gary Hallberg
4
76
72
148
T37
Skip Kendall
4
76
72
148
T37
Tom Gillis
4
73
75
148
T37
Sandy Lyle
4
72
76
148
T44
David Toms
5
75
74
149
T44
Michael Allen
5
75
74
149
T44
Paul Goydos
5
74
75
149
T44
Cliff Kresge
5
75
74
149
T44
Paul Broadhurst
5
76
73
149
T44
Billy Mayfair
5
74
75
149
T44
Jesper Parnevik
5
78
71
149
T51
Gene Sauers
6
75
75
150
T51
Mike Goodes
6
76
74
150
T51
John Daly
6
76
74
150
T51
Dudley Hart
6
74
76
150
T51
Chris DiMarco
6
73
77
150
T56
Tommy Armour III
7
75
76
151
T56
Tommy Tolles
7
73
78
151
T56
David McKenzie
7
76
75
151
T56
Scott Pieri
7
76
75
151
T56
Tom Byrum
7
77
74
151
T61
Retief Goosen
8
75
77
152
T61
Jay Haas
8
74
78
152
T61
Greg Kraft
8
77
75
152
T61
Brad Bryant
8
77
75
152
T61
David Frost
8
78
74
152
T66
Doug Garwood
9
77
76
153
T66
Brian Cooper
9
78
75
153
T68
Carlos Franco
10
74
80
154
T68
Bart Bryant
10
78
76
154
T68
Mark Calcavecchia
10
80
74
154
T68
John Smoltz
10
80
74
154
72
Tom Watson
11
79
76
155
73
Joey Sindelar
12
78
78
156
T74
Scott Verplank
13
74
83
157
T74
Shigetoshi Hasegawa
13
79
78
157
T76
John Huston
14
76
82
158
T76
Larry Mize
14
82
76
158
78
Larry Nelson
19
83
80
163