McCarron opens 3-shot lead in PGA Champions event
Scott McCarron birdied the par-5 18th hole Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga.
The 53-year-old McCarron completed a 4-under 68 in the morning in the rain-delayed second round and shot a 70 in the afternoon to reach 6-under 138 at TPC Sugarloaf. He has eight victories on the 50-and over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour.
Rocco Mediate was second, following an opening 73 with a 68.
Miguel Angel Jimenez ( 70) was 2 under along with Kent Jones (68), Joe Durant ( 70) and Kirk Triplett ( 70). Jimenez, the 2014 winner, closed with a double bogey on 18.
Bernhard Langer was tied for 20th at 2 over after rounds of 77 and 69. The 61-year-old German star won the 2013 event and finished second four of the last five years. He won the Oasis Championship in February for his 39th Champions title.
Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz was tied for 68th in the 78-player field at 10 over, finishing off a first-round 80 and shooting 74 in the second. The former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption. Fellow former bigleague pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa also struggled, shooting 79-78 to drop into a tie for 74th at 13 over. He also got a sponsor exemption.
Henderson, Korda tied for lead in Hawaii: Defending champion Brooke Henderson shot a 3-under 69 on Friday at blustery Ko Olina Golf Club for a share of the third-round lead with Nelly Korda in the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. Korda had a 71, matching Henderson with a bogey on the par-4 18 to get to 14-under 202.
Henderson is trying to match Sandra Post’s record for LPGA wins by a Canadian with eight. Korda opened the season with five straight top-10 finishes, including a win at the Women’s Australian Open, before tying for 52nd two weeks ago in the major ANA Inspiration.