08/20 17:51 CDT Scott McCarron birdies final 3 holes to win at En-Joie
Scott McCarron birdies final 3 holes to win at En-Joie
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) --- Scott McCarron birdied the final three holes to beat
California childhood rival Kevin Sutherland by a stroke Sunday in the Dick's
Sporting Goods Open.
McCarron closed with an 8-under 64 a day after shooting a 61 at En-Joie to join
Sutherland atop the leaderboard entering the final round in the PGA Tour
"To go low like I did the last couple days, I've never played that kind of golf
for two days," McCarron said. "My hat's off to Kevin. He played such good golf
and it just got to be match play. It was like we were back in high school
playing against each other, it was so much fun."
The 52-year-old McCarron matched Sutherland with a birdie on the par-4 16th,
took the lead with a 12-footer on the par-3 17th and won with a 15-footer on
the par-4 18th after driving well right and hitting an approach over trees. He
finished at 20-under 196.
"To birdie that last hole from where I drove it, I drove it so bad, I think
they're going to put a plaque out there," McCarron joked.
Sutherland birdied the 16th and 18th in a 65.
"I played really well this week, no complaints," Sutherland said. "Scott played
fantastic. It was a lot of fun. I've known Scott since junior golf, so it was a
lot of fun."
McCarron has three victories this year and five in the last two seasons on the
PGA Tour Champions. The three-time PGA Tour winner won the Allianz Championship
in February and the major Senior Players Championship in July.
Sutherland missed a chance for his first senior title --- and another chance to
top his old Sacramento rival. Sutherland's lone PGA Tour victory came in 2002
at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship, when he beat McCarron 1
up in the 36-hole final.
"I know if I keep doing what I'm doing, eventually it will happen," said
Sutherland, who shot a PGA Tour Champions-record 59 three years ago at En-Joie.
"But I did a lot of good things today and I can build on that."
Sutherland holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 ninth to tie
McCarron for the lead, and pulled ahead with a birdie on the par-5 12th.
McCarron tied it again with a birdie on the par-4 13th.
"I needed to birdie one more hole the last three and he got it done,"
Sutherland said. "That's the difference, he birdied the last three and I
birdied two of the last three."
John Daly (66), local favorite Joey Sindelar (69) and Woody Austin (68) tied
for third at 13 under.
Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer was 12 under after a 69. The
59-year-old Langer has a tour-high four victories, winning three of the five