Eagle lands, McCarron wins Allianz
The Allianz Championship is where eagles dare, and it was entirely fitting that Scott McCarron’s victory on Sunday came as the result of an eagle on the 18th hole.
For three days under brilliant skies, the conditions were perfect for bird watching and The Old Course at Broken Sound didn’t disappoint. There were 26 eagles and 1 096 birdies, the third most all-time in a 54-hole event on the PGA TOUR Champions.
McCarron made two eagles in the final round, adding a 2 on the par 4 seventh hole, and had three total. He shot 67 for 17-under-par 199.
“All wins are exciting but this one, to be able to finish it off the way I did, really something special,” he said. “It was a very good day.”
With Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco in the clubhouse (actually, Perry was on the practice range staying prepared for the possibility of a playoff) at 16-under 198, centre stage belonged to McCarron in the last group. He produced an inviting final act.
A bogey at the 17th hole had dropped McCarron back to 15 under but with the 18th lurking – it’s a short par five of 507 yards by modern standards – McCarron was still easily in the mix. He needed a birdie to join a three-man playoff, an eagle to win.
After an ideal drive, from 179 yards he hit 7-iron to six feet. The winning putt was almost a formality.
“Yeah, no hesitation,” McCarron said. “As soon as I walked up and saw where it was, my caddie and I actually read greens through AimPoint, so he putts a level on every 5-yard grid on the green. I knew exactly where we had a level, right there 2.0 percent slope. I knew as soon as I stepped up what that putt was going to do. I walked around it just because I had plenty of time to do it. I really wasn't looking at anything else. I knew it was in.”
McCarron’s executive from tee to green was flawless on the deciding hole.
“Getting in the fairway after I hit a good (drive), I'm not thinking about I've got to make eagle, I'm thinking about I've got to hit a good 7-iron, I've got to make a good swing here,” he said. “I'm going to start it right there and it's just going to peel off just a little bit … When you start saying I've got to make eagle or I've got to do that, I think you start putting undue pressure on yourself. I was just trying, ‘This is a driving range 7-iron, get up there and hit it just like you know how to and we'll see what happens.”
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LEADING FINAL ROUND SCORES
199 - Scott McCarron 66 66 67
200 - Carlos Franco 68 67 65,
Kenny Perry 65 69 66
201 - Paul Broadhurst 69 68 64,
Doug Garwood 68 64 69
202 - Kevin Sutherland 69 69 64,
Colin Montgomerie 68 68 66,
Esteban Toledo 69 67 66,
Stephen Ames 72 63 67,
Fred Funk 68 66 68,
Fred Couples 68 65 69,
Joe Durant 67 65 70
203 - Willie Wood 69 69 65,
Olin Browne 63 69 71,
Tom Pernice Jr. 69 64 70
204 - Billy Andrade 71 68 65,
Jay Don Blake 67 67 70,
Paul Goydos 70 65 69,
Scott Dunlap 68 66 70
205 - Fran Quinn 70 70 65,
Wes Short Jr. 71 69 65,
Billy Mayfair 73 65 67