Mitsubishi Electric Classic - R3

Wire-to-wire victory for McCarron

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


Scott McCarron completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on Sunday for his third victory at TPC Sugarloaf.


The winner of the PGA Tour defunct BellSouth Classic at the course in 1997 and 2001, McCarron closed with a 1-under 72 for a two-stroke victory over Jerry Kelly, Joe Durant, Kirk Triplett and Kent Jones in the PGA Tour Champions event.

”Obviously, it’s a golf course I like,” McCarron said. ”I got to play here my first time with Greg Norman, who designed the golf course. When we were coming here I called him for a practice round. He kind of showed me some of the lines off the tees, where you could go, where you could get some more yardage and where you need to hit it on layups, those type of things. He taught me a lot on how to play this golf course.”

The 53-year-old McCarron finished at 7-under 209 for his ninth victory on the 50-and-over tour. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

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”I’m having so much fun playing on the PGA Tour Champions,” McCarron said. ”This is like a new lease on life for me for my golf career, but I also know that there’s an end in sight. Because of that, I’m putting everything I can into these whatever, 10, 15 years.”

McCarron lost the lead with a slow start, playing the first four holes in 1 over with two birdies, a bogey and double bogey on the par-5 third. He birdied the par-4 13th to break a tie with Durant and opened a two-stroke lead with an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 15th.

”It was just, ‘Stay patient, stay patient.’ That was it,” McCarron said.

McCarron earned $270,000 and took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race.


Kelly birdied the final two holes for a 67. Durant, Triplett and Jones shot 69.

Durant birdied four of the first six holes to take the lead. He bogeyed the par-4 ninth and closed with nine straight pars.

”I missed a couple short putts for birdies I could have made,” Durant said. ”But based upon the state of my game at the beginning of the week, I’m very pleased with how I finished because I wasn’t playing particularly well. Just due to the tough conditions, was grinding it out.”

Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz tied for 61st among the 77 finishers at 11 over, shooting 80-74-73. 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 had a 74 to tie for 72nd at 15 over. He also got a sponsor exemption.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Scott McCarron
-7
68
70
71
209
T2
Jerry Kelly
-5
71
73
67
211
T2
Joe Durant
-5
72
70
69
211
T2
Kirk Triplett
-5
72
70
69
211
T2
Kent Jones
-5
74
68
69
211
T6
Kenny Perry
-4
77
69
66
212
T6
Ken Duke
-4
73
71
68
212
T6
Jeff Sluman
-4
77
67
68
212
T6
Stephen Ames
-4
73
70
69
212
T10
Willie Wood
-3
73
72
68
213
T10
Colin Montgomerie
-3
74
71
68
213
T10
Stephen Leaney
-3
74
70
69
213
T10
Rocco Mediate
-3
73
68
72
213
T14
Bernhard Langer
-2
77
69
68
214
T14
Vijay Singh
-2
72
73
69
214
T14
Glen Day
-2
73
71
70
214
T14
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-2
72
70
72
214
T18
Ken Tanigawa
-1
73
73
69
215
T18
Duffy Waldorf
-1
76
67
72
215
20
Billy Andrade
1
76
69
72
217
T21
Tom Gillis
2
73
75
70
218
T21
Kevin Sutherland
2
76
70
72
218
T21
Michael Bradley
2
72
73
73
218
T21
Bob May
2
69
74
75
218
T25
Wes Short, Jr.
3
74
73
72
219
T25
José María Olazábal
3
74
72
73
219
T25
Dan Olsen
3
74
72
73
219
T28
Steve Flesch
4
77
70
73
220
T28
Brandt Jobe
4
74
73
73
220
T28
Paul Broadhurst
4
76
73
71
220
T28
Tim Petrovic
4
73
73
74
220
T28
Esteban Toledo
4
73
73
74
220
T33
Scott Parel
5
74
74
73
221
T33
Skip Kendall
5
76
72
73
221
T33
Sandy Lyle
5
72
76
73
221
T33
Michael Allen
5
75
74
72
221
T33
Paul Goydos
5
74
75
72
221
T33
Cliff Kresge
5
75
74
72
221
T33
Billy Mayfair
5
74
75
72
221
T33
John Daly
5
76
74
71
221
T41
Gibby Gilbert III
6
74
73
75
222
T41
Fran Quinn
6
74
73
75
222
T41
Jesper Parnevik
6
78
71
73
222
T41
Gene Sauers
6
75
75
72
222
T41
Woody Austin
6
75
71
76
222
T46
Dan Forsman
7
75
72
76
223
T46
Jerry Smith
7
72
74
77
223
T46
Tom Byrum
7
77
74
72
223
T49
Tom Pernice Jr.
8
74
74
76
224
T49
Lee Janzen
8
76
71
77
224
T49
Chris DiMarco
8
73
77
74
224
T49
Tommy Tolles
8
73
78
73
224
T49
Jay Haas
8
74
78
72
224
T54
Gary Hallberg
9
76
72
77
225
T54
David Toms
9
75
74
76
225
T54
Retief Goosen
9
75
77
73
225
T57
Darren Clarke
10
74
74
78
226
T57
Mike Goodes
10
76
74
76
226
T57
Scott Pieri
10
76
75
75
226
T57
Brian Cooper
10
78
75
73
226
T61
David McKenzie
11
76
75
76
227
T61
David Frost
11
78
74
75
227
T61
Mark Calcavecchia
11
80
74
73
227
T61
John Smoltz
11
80
74
73
227
65
Scott Verplank
12
74
83
71
228
T66
Dudley Hart
13
74
76
79
229
T66
Tommy Armour III
13
75
76
78
229
T66
Doug Garwood
13
77
76
76
229
T66
Tom Watson
13
79
76
74
229
T70
Greg Kraft
14
77
75
78
230
T70
Brad Bryant
14
77
75
78
230
T72
Carlos Franco
15
74
80
77
231
T72
Shigetoshi Hasegawa
15
79
78
74
231
T72
Larry Mize
15
82
76
73
231
75
Joey Sindelar
17
78
78
77
233
76
John Huston
19
76
82
77
235
77
Larry Nelson
27
83
80
80
243
WD
Bart Bryant
78
76
154