McCarron Sets Pace with Course-Record 62 at Bear Mountain

Tom Pernice Jr. tracks his tee shot to the island green on the 10th hole of the Mountain Course during the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Bear Mountain Golf Resort (Mountain Course) | Victoria, B.C. | September 19-25, 2016

First-Round Notes

Course Setup: Par 71 / 6,881 yards (R1 scoring average: 70.222)

Weather: Periods of rain and temperatures in the low 50s in the morning; partly sunny with a high in the upper 50s in the afternoon, with SW winds 10-15 mph.

Player                                   To Par                   Scores

1.      Scott McCarron                -9                    30-32 – 62
T2.    Doug Garwood                 -7                    34-30 – 64
T2.    Jerry Smith                       -7                    32-32 – 64
T4.    Woody Austin                  -6                    32-33 – 65
T4.    Jeff Sluman                      -6                    32-33 – 65
T8.    Vijay Singh                      -4                    33-34 – 67
T20.  Joe Durant                        -3                    35-33 – 68
T26.  Paul Broadhurst                -2                    35-34 – 69
T26.  Miguel Angel Jimenez      -2                    35-34 – 69
T36.  Bernhard Langer              -1                    33-37 – 70


Scott McCarron, 30-32 – 62 (-9)

  • McCarron carded nine pars and nine birdies in his course-record 62 on Friday. He hit 12 of 13 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, and only needed 25 putts.
  • Prior to today’s 62, his lowest round on PGA TOUR Champions was a 63 at Newport Beach Country Club during the first round of the 2015 Toshiba Classic. His lowest round on the PGA TOUR was a 10-under-par 61 at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, B.C., during the final round of the 1999 Air Canada Championship.
  • Currently No. 11 on the money list, McCarron has four top-10 finishes in 2016, including his first PGA TOUR Champions victory at the Principal Charity Classic in June. He also finished second at The Senior Open Championship.
  • McCarron’s mother is from Kaslo, British Columbia.

Doug Garwood, 34-30 – 64 (-7)

  • After opening with a bogey, Garwood rattled off eight birdies, including four in a row on his back-nine 30. He hit 12 out of 13 fairways, 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, and needed just 25 putts.
  • His opening-round 64 is his second-lowest round of the season; he shot a 10-under-par 62 at TPC Twin Cities during the second round of the 3M Championship in August.
  • Currently No. 43 on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List, he has two top 10s this season, the most recent being a T9 showing at the Regions Tradition.
  • This season, he had a streak of 282 consecutive holes without a three-putt before it ended in the second round at the Boeing Classic. This marked the longest streak on PGA TOUR Champions in that category since 2014 when Colin Montgomerie had a run of 308 holes without a three-putt.
  • Only played two tournaments in 2015, due to a back injury (bulging disc).

Jerry Smith, 32-32 – 64 (-7)

  • Smith made eight birdies and his only bogey of the day came on the par-5 13th. He hit all 13 fairways and only missed three greens in regulation.
  • The round of 64 is the second-lowest of his PGA TOUR Champions career; he previously shot 63 at the 2015 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. His low round on the PGA TOUR was also 63 (2001 National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World).
  • He has played every PGA TOUR Champions tournament this season, carding three top 10s and a season-best third-place finish at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire. Most recently, he moved to 31st on the money list after finishing fifth at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach last week.

Other Notes

  • The 173-yard, par-3 seventh hole was the third-easiest hole of the day, yielding 16 birdies and playing to a 2.852 scoring average. It is on pace to be the second-easiest par 3 this season; the easiest hole is No. 7 at Pebble Beach (2.838).
  • The tournament may be primed for an exciting finish, as players made 48 more birdies and one more eagle on the back nine compared to the front. The back nine scoring average was 0.778 under-par, whereas the front nine was just 0.062 under-par.
  • None of the four Canadians found success on Friday, as Rod Spittle (72), Jim Rutledge (73), Stephen Ames (74) and Tuesday qualifier Murray Poje (82) all carded rounds over par.

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