Langer collapse paves way for McCarron to win Senior Players
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For 70 holes, Bernhard Langer did everything necessary to win his fourth consecutive Constellation Senior Players Championship.
Unfortunately, his performance at Caves Valley will be remembered only for what happened after that.
Langer’s uncharacteristic collapse on Nos. 17 and 18 paved the way for Scott McCarron to win his first major tournament on the PGA Tour Champions in sensational comeback fashion Sunday.
McCarron shot a bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 to make up a six-shot deficit and beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by a stroke.
“I’ve been working so hard for this,” said McCarron, 51, from California. “That was one of my goals this year, to win three events and one of them being a major. So I’ve got one more event to go.”
McCarron’s victory at the Allianz Championship in February wasn’t nearly as exciting as this one, which came to fruition because Langer came apart just when it seemed he was well on his way to making history.
Seeking his third major win of the year, the 59-year German had a one-shot lead before dropping his tee shot in the water on No. 17. After taking the oneshot penalty, he missed a 4-footer and had to settle for a double bogey.
Playing in the twosome ahead of Langer and Jobe, McCarron didn’t need to see the leader board to realize what happened.
“It wasn’t until I heard the fans up there in the cheap seats when Langer hit it in the water did I know that I might have a chance,” McCarron said.
On 18, Langer lipped out a 6-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff.
“I thought I hit a really good putt,” he said. “But the big issue was 17, hitting a horrible shot there and then missing for bogey. That was the killer.”
He finished with a 73 that included only two birdies.
1st PGA Tour win for DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the John Deere Classic by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title and a spot in next week’s British Open.
DeChambeau, 23, birdied four of the final six holes at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., for a 6-underpar 65 and an 18-under 266 total.
In 2015, the former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.
Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a 70 to finish in second place.
DeChambeau made a 14foot birdie putt on No. 18 to pull even with Rodgers. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and he sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.
Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under par, and past tournament champions Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.
Cabrera Bello tops in Scotland
Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win the Scottish Open for his first title in 5½ years.
The 405th-ranked Shinkwin left short a 4-foot par putt for victory on his 72nd hole to shoot a 4-under 68 and drop into a playoff with Cabrera Bello, who shot a course-record 8-under 64. Both were 13 under par overall.
Returning to the par-5 18th at Dundonald Links in Irvine, Cabrera Bello sent a 3-wood from 275 yards to within 8 feet. His eagle putt was short, but he tapped in for birdie, leaving Shinkwin a 7-foot putt for birdie to force a second hole. Again, his putt didn’t reach the cup.
Hats off to Bryson DeChambeau, who earned his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.