McCarron played golf from the age of three, and was a member of the UCLA golf team, but quit playing after leaving college in 1988 due to poor putting and burnout. He went to work in his father's clothing business and did not play again until 1992. After watching senior golfers use long putters, McCarron began to think that the long putter could solve his own putting problems. . . He built himself a long putter in his garage and almost won the U.S. Mid-Amateur later that year. He turned professional right after that and joined the PGA Tour in 1995 after finishing 31st in Q-School. He almost lost his Tour card at the end of 1995, placed 212th on the money list going into the final two events, but finished 3rd in Las Vegas, the $108,000 check moved him into 128th place. He was able to retain his card when he finished T38th and won $4,620 at the last event in Texas. . .Played at UCLA when the team won the 1988 NCAA Championship. . . Played on the Canadian Tour in 1993 and the Hooters Tour in 1994. . .Won the 1994 Long Beach Open. . .Plays with one of the longest putters on the PGA Tour.
3 - 1996 Freeport McDermott, 1997 BellSouth Classic, 2001 BellSouth Classic
1997 Franklin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Bruce Lietzke), 2000 Franklin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Brad Faxon), 2002 Fred Meyer Challenge (teamed With Brian Henninger).
1995 Nike Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; money $1,950 (ranked 204th); best finish, T20th, Nike Shreveport Open.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.59 (ranked 126th); money $147,371 (ranked 128th); best finish, 3rd, Las Vegas Invitational.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.02 (ranked 68th); money $404,329 (ranked 49th); winner at Freeport McDermott Classic.
1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.52 (ranked 42nd); money $852,459 (ranked 25th); winner at BellSouth Classic.
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.90 (ranked 58th); money $414,247 (ranked 69th); best finish T5th Quad City Classic.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 70.90 (ranked 59th); money $400,678 (ranked 101st); best finish T4th, Air Canada Championship.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; rounds played - 98 ; in money -19; top-10 finishes - 2; money $495,975 (ranked 97th); best finish T4th at the Reno-Tahoe Open
Scoring - 71.23 / (94th); driving distance - 288.5 / (5th); driving accuracy -60.8% / (180th); GIR - 63.3% / (157th); putting - 1.735 / (6th); birdie average - 3.85 per rd / (26th) / total birdies - 377; sand saves - 59.2% / (34th); scrambling - 58.0% / (137th); all-around rank - 550 / (46th)
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; rounds played - 94 ; in money -23; top-10 finishes - 4 money $1,793,506 (ranked 23rd); Winner at the BellSouth Classic;
Scoring - 70.06 / (17th); driving distance - 289.7 / (14th); driving accuracy -68.8% / (91st); GIR - 70.0% / (25); putting - 1.737 / (16th); birdie average - 4.19 per rd / (9th) / total birdies - 394; sand saves - 62.1% / (7th); scrambling - 63.0% / (31st); all-around rank - 212 / (3rd).
Had four top-10s before the Masters, added another one with his 6th place finish at the WGC-American Express Championship.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; rounds played - 98 ; in money -23; top-10 finishes - 5; money $1,896,714 (ranked 29th); best finish 2nd at the Nissan Open and Accenture Match Play Championship
Scoring - 70.78 / (55th); driving distance - 285.5 / (47th); driving accuracy -65.4% / (144th); GIR - 66.8% / (64th); putting - 1.754 / (43rd); birdie average - 3.84 per rd / (40th) / total birdies - 376; sand saves - 59.1% / (8th); all-around rank - 410 / (11th).
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