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Golf Roundup: Scott McCarron surges to win Senior Players Championship

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament, Sunday, July 16, 2017, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament, Sunday, July 16, 2017, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
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Scott McCarron shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Sunday and took advantage of an uncharacteristic crash by three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Owings Mills, Maryland.

McCarron finished 18 under to beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by one shot. The 51-year-old McCarron made up a six-shot deficit in the final round to capture his first major on the PGA Tour Champions.

The story of the day, however, was the stunning collapse by Langer. Seeking his third major win of the year, the 59-year German had a one-shot lead before dropping his tee shot in the water on No. 17. After taking the one-shot penalty, he missed a 4-footer and made a double bogey.

On 18, Langer lipped out a 6-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff. He finished with a 73 that included only two birdies.

McCarron got into contention with four straight birdies on the front nine and finished with eight straight pars.

PGA

Bryson DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title – and a spot in the British Open.

The 23-year-old DeChambeau birdied four of the final six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 total. In 2015, the former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a 70 to finish second.

DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to pull even with Rodgers. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under, and past tournament champions Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.

Tahoe Celebrities

Mark Mulder won his record third straight title in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament, and Stephen Curry rallied to finish fourth.

Mulder had an 11-point victory over fellow former pitcher Derek Lowe and former tennis player Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event at at Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. Players got 6 points for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or higher.

Curry had 28 points in the final round – the best round score of the week in the 54-hole tournament – to finish with 60. The NBA star eagled the par-5 18th for a 68.

Mulder had rounds of 72, 69 and 69 on the par-72 course. He earned $125,000.

Former NHL player Dan Quinn (2001-02) and former pitcher Rick Rhoden (2008-09) were the only others to win back-to-back titles.

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