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August 21 2010

7:48 PM

McCarron prospers in spite of putter

McCarron shoots 63

Scott McCarron birdied the 18th hole to cap a seven-birdie, no-bogey day.

 

Scott McCarron couldn't be disappointed with his round of 63. But it could have been much better if he’d gotten any putts to fall.

The 45-year-old found all but one fairway and gave himself plenty of chances by hitting 17 of 18 greens. But for the third straight day, McCarron had 30 putts.

"I played very solid today," McCarron said. "I was very patient.  A couple under, then I birdied 12.  And, again, it was when am I going to start making the putts?  Left a lot putts short out there.

"Our scorekeeper said, 'If you made any putts today, you'll be leading this thing.'"

But McCarron, who finished second at the Wyndham Championship two years ago, vaulted up the leaderboard when he closed with four straight birdies.

He two-putted the par-5 15th from 40 feet, then rolled three more birdies from 9, 12 and 20 feet. The final one was particularly quick.

"That ball got above the pin," McCarron said. "I was kind of hoping it would come back but it didn't. I read it absolutely beautifully."

McCarron is trying to play his way into the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. He started the week at No. 142 and could make the field at The Barclays  next week if he stays near the top of the leaderboard.

McCarron has been around long enough to know not to get ahead of himself, though.

"We always say stay one shot at a time," he said. "Really do a lot of breathing and get out there and just trust it and let it go." – Helen Ross

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