Two Sacramento natives entered Sunday’s final round of a Champions Tour event tied atop the leaderboard.
It came down to the final three holes, but Scott McCarron closed with three consecutive birdies to defeat Kevin Sutherland by one shot in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie in Endicott, N.Y.
McCarron shot an 8-under 64 Sunday and closed with a 20-under 196 to defeat a rival he’s known for most of his life.
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“To go low like I did the last couple days, I’ve never played that kind of golf for two days,” McCarron told The Associated Press. “My hat’s off to Kevin. He played such good golf and it just got to be match play. It was like we were back in high school playing against each other, it was so much fun.”
McCarron’s late birdies were necessary because Sutherland finishied birdie-par-birdie for a 7-under 65.
“I played really well this week, no complaints,” Sutherland told AP. “Scott played fantastic. ... I’ve known Scott since junior golf, so it was a lot of fun.”
John Daly, who was born in Carmichael, shot a 66 Sunday and finished at 13-under 203 to tie for third place with Woody Austin (68) and Joey Sindelar (69).
The win was McCarron’s third this season and fifth overall on the 50-and-over tour. One of the victories this year was the Senior Players Championship, a Champions Tour major.
Sutherland is still winless on the senior circuit.
“I know if I keep doing what I’m doing, eventually it will happen,” Sutherland, who shot a PGA Tour Champions-record 59 three years ago at En-Joie, told AP. “But I did a lot of good things today and I can build on that.”
He had one PGA Tour victory, which came over McCarron. In 2002, Sutherland won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa in Carlsbad, beating McCarron 1 up in the 36-hole final.