McCarron, Sutherland in hunt for $1 million Champions Tour payday

Kevin Sutherland tees off on the 10th hole during the final round of the 3M Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 in Blaine, Minn.
Kevin Sutherland tees off on the 10th hole during the final round of the 3M Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 in Blaine, Minn. The Associated Press

If Scott McCarron wins the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this week in Scottsdale, Ariz., he also wins the $1 million annuity for being the season points champion. Clear cut.

If Kevin Sutherland wins the 2016 Champions Tour finale, he could also win the $1 million points bonus, but his destiny is contingent on the results of others.

What exactly does Sutherland need to happen, assuming he were to post his first Champions Tour win?

“I have no idea,” he said Tuesday. “I really don’t.”

Every player in the 36-man field has a mathematical chance of winning the $1 million, but only the top five in points can guarantee it with a victory. McCarron is second on the points list; Sutherland is sixth. Bernhard Langer is first, Colin Montgomerie is third, Joe Durant is fourth and Miguel Angel Jimenez is fifth.

Locals hope a Sacramento native whose parents live in Rancho Murieta (McCarron) or a lifelong Sacramentan (Sutherland) claims the big prize.

Raber advances in qualifier

Davis’ Tyler Raber advanced to the final stage of the Tour qualifying tournament.

He closed with a 5-under-par 67 at Oak Valley Country Club in Beaumont to finish 10th. The top 19 in the 77-player field advanced.

Cameron Park’s Jake Johnson and Loomis’ Austin Smotherman begin second-stage play Wednesday in Texas.

Four preps qualify for state tournament

Vista del Lago’s Noor Ahmed (2-over 74), Granite Bay’s Vanessa Richani (75), Oak Ridge’s Lexi Perry (75) and Christian Brothers’ Beah Cruz (76) earned berths in next week’s state high school girls championship by finishing among the top nine individuals at the Northern California tournament Monday at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.

Granite Bay, winner of last week’s Sac-Joaquin Masters tournament, finished fourth in the team competition and failed to advance. Oak Ridge was fifth and St. Francis tied for seventh in the 12-team field.

Baumgarten off and running at Illinois

Granite Bay’s Bryan Baumgarten wasted no time making a collegiate impact.

The Illinois freshman appeared in all five fall tournaments for the top-ranked Illini, finishing in the top 15 four times. He shot a career-low 7-under 65, and last week in Atlanta, he defeated Oregon’s Sulman Raza 5 and 4 in the title-clinching match of the East Lake Cup, which was televised by the Golf Channel.

Pereira at No. 17 in world is top-ranked local amateur

Cameron Park’s Corey Pereira, a senior at Washington, is the 17th-ranked amateur in the world, according to World Amateur Golf Rankings. Pereira was named to the all-Pacific-12 Conference first team the past two seasons.

Sacramento’s Cameron Champ, a junior at Texas A&M, is No. 108.

Folsom’s Paige Lee, a senior at UC Davis, is the highest-ranked area woman at No. 156. Folsom’s Emilee Hoffman, a freshman at Texas, is No. 209 with a bullet.

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