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How Scott McCarron is staying as hot as his hometown in golf’s 50-and-over tour

Sacramento native Scott McCarron, seen at the Principal Charity Classic in June, won his fourth Champions Tour event of the season Sunday with a one-shot victory in the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.
Sacramento native Scott McCarron, seen at the Principal Charity Classic in June, won his fourth Champions Tour event of the season Sunday with a one-shot victory in the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. The Associated Press

Scott McCarron has been as hot as his hometown’s weather this season on the Champions Tour.

The Sacramento native shot a 3-under-par 67 on Sunday to win the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, for his tour-tying fourth victory of the year.

“I feel very confident in what I'm doing,” McCarron told Golfworld after the round. “I’ve worked very hard to get my game to where it is. I've been very comfortable in the lead, near the lead, with the lead, behind, coming back. For me it’s just another day to go out there and hit the first fairway. After that, then hit the green, then make a putt. Really try to keep it as simple as that.”

The one-stroke win over Miguel Angel Jimenez (66) at Canyon Meadows brings McCarron even with Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer, who didn’t play this weekend.

“Scott is playing very well and holed very important putts for him and that’s the key,” Jimenez told The Associated Press. “He played very well. In this case, he holed more putts than us and won.”

McCarron, 52, carded a 16-under 194 for the three-day tournament. Another Sacramento native, Kevin Sutherland, shot a 68 and finished tied for third at 13-under with Scott Dunlap and Todd Hamilton, who both closed with 67s.

It’s McCarron’s third win in his last six tournaments, including a one-shot victory over Sutherland two weeks ago in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He also won the Allianz Championship in February and his first major on the 50-and-over circuit when he took the Senior Players Championship title in July.

“Winning does not get easier,” McCarron told AP. “These guys are the best players in the world at their time and they’re still playing some great golf. I truly believe we’ve got 25 guys that can still play on the PGA Tour and compete.”

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