Weekly update: McCarron ends 2016 strong
Claims TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational to finish year on a winning note
November 28, 2016
By Stewart Moore, PGATOUR.COM
- November 28, 2016
- Scott McCarron won two events on PGA TOUR Champions in 2016 before his recent win at Pebble Beach. (Chris Codon/PGA TOUR)
MCCARRON CONTINUES STRONG 2016 SEASON WITH PEBBLE BEACH WIN
After finishing fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup during a breakout season on PGA TOUR Champions, Scott McCarron won the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational over the weekend, defeating fellow Tour member Kevin Sutherland with a 10-under 278 total. The field consisted of players from the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, LPGA Tour and the PGA of America. McCarron won the Principal Charity Classic and Dominion Charity Classic in 2016, and notched a pair of runner-up finishes the Senior Open Championship and Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.
FIELD SET FOR 2016 PNC FATHER-SON CHALLENGE
The PNC Father-Son Challenge will be the first event in the annual Challenge Season on PGA TOUR Champions, set for the weekend of December 10-11 in Orlando, Fla. The 20-team field includes 13 World Golf Hall of Fame members, including current PGA TOUR Champions players Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Sandy Lyle, Vijay Singh, Larry Nelson and Hale Irwin, as well as Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Nick Price and Lanny Wadkins. Other current PGA TOUR Champions players in the field include John Daly, Lee Janzen and Fred Funk.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS Q-SCHOOL GETS UNDERWAY TUESDAY
The annual Qualifying Tournament for PGA TOUR Champions begins Tuesday at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., with players competing on the Watson Course for four rounds of play. Brandt Jobe was Q-School medalist in 2015 and finished the 2016 season No. 20 in the Charles Schwab Cup, thanks to seven top-10 finishes. Four players went from 2015 Q-School to the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup Championship: Mike Goodes, Paul Broadhurst, Brandt Jobe and Tom Byrum. Notes on the field include:
• 13 players with PGA TOUR victories
• Five (5) former European Ryder Cup team members
• 39 players in the field played in at least one PGA TOUR Champions event in 2016.
• 12 players in the field qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, and three advanced to the second event (Jim Carter, Scott Parel, Rod Spittle).
• At No. 47, Jim Carter is the highest finisher in the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup in the field.
PETER SENIOR RETIRES FROM COMPETITIVE GOLF
Australian Peter Senior, who has the most career PGA TOUR Champions earnings of any player without a victory, announced his retirement from golf last week after withdrawing from the Australian Open with a hip injury. The 57-year-old notched 37 career wins around the world and six runner-up efforts on the Champions Tour, with the latter giving way to over $5.4 million in career earnings on Tour. Senior’s best PGA TOUR Champions season came in 2011, when he posted 12 top-10s in 22 starts and wound up finishing third in the Charles Schwab Cup.
NUMBERS – BERNHARD LANGER EDITION
29 – The number of PGA TOUR Champions wins for Bernhard Langer since 2007, which leads the next closest player (Jay Haas) by 17 over that same duration of time.
91 – The number of top-five finishes on PGA TOUR Champions for Bernhard Langer since 2007, which leads the next closest player (Jay Haas) by 31.
1513 – The combined number of strokes under par for Bernhard Langer since making his PGA TOUR Champions debut in 2007, which is 457 strokes better than the next best player (Jay Haas).
35 – The number of rounds of 64 or better compiled by Bernhard Langer since 2007 on PGA TOUR Champions, which is 19 more than the next best player (Jay Haas).
257 – In 586 rounds played on PGA TOUR Champions, Bernhard Langer has been inside the top five of the leaderboard 257 (43.8%) times. Jay Haas is second on the list with 156.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“It’s not a joke when I say I still think I can get better. I know I can. I know I can hit more fairways. I can hit more greens and I can make more putts or get it up and down more often. It’s just a matter of believing and having the right technique and the mindset of doing it.” – Bernhard Langer speaking with the Palm Beach Post last week.
"I have said many times before that the PNC Father-Son is one of the most anticipated events of the year for me. It gives me a chance to catch up with a lot of friends and a rare chance to tee it up with one of my sons. People always ask me what my dream foursome would be, and I always say I would try to bend the rules and play as a fivesome so all four of my sons could come along.” – Jack Nicklaus.
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