By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
McCarron has two weeks to make up a $300,000 deficit and
retain full status on the PGA TOUR.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --
Even longtime PGA TOUR veterans need to make moves in the Fall
Series sometimes. Take Scott McCarron for example. A decade removed
from his third PGA TOUR victory, the 46-year-old entered this week
at No. 163 on the money list, needing to make up nearly $300,000 in
two weeks to retain his TOUR card. McCarron can’t make up
ground on that front on a Thursday, but he did set himself up
nicely. The veteran closed with a trio of birdies to reach 6 under
after the first round of the McGladrey Classic. He’s one shot
out of the lead. “It was a very solid day,” McCarron
said. “I hit it pretty well off the tee, hit a lot of good
iron shots and I putted really well. I love these greens.
They’re rolling fantastic.” McCarron, who hasn’t
posted a top 10 since last May, needed 28 putts on a day he hit 15
greens in regulation with a new set of irons in his bag.
“It’s a good start to the week,” he said.
“I put in a new set of PING irons when I missed the cut at
the (Frys.com Open). My other set, the grooves were pretty much so
gone and worn, and I’ve just been so reluctant to
change… That gave me some confidence to hit some shots and
hold some greens and hit the right distances.” With renewed
confidence, a hot flatstick and a start that has him one shot out
of the lead, McCarron has a chance to move much closer to (or into)
the top 125 on the money list and retain full status on the PGA
TOUR. “I’m so very happy with the way I played
today,” McCarron said. “I putted beautifully. I just
love this golf course, and I've got a great opportunity in front of