Born: July 10, 1965
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Turned Pro: 1992
Scott McCarron took an unusual path to the PGA Tour. A standout high school golfer and scholarship athlete for the UCLA Bruins, McCarron decided to forgo a golf career out of college and went to work with his father in the family’s clothing business.
After four years, McCarron had a change of heart. He turned pro in 1992 and two years later was playing full-time on the PGA Tour.
McCarron collected his first win in March 1996. He defeated Tom Watson by a comfortable margin of 5 shots to win the Freeport McMoRan Classic. He would add his second win the following year at the Bell South Classic.
McCarron got his third and final PGA Tour win again at the 2001 Bell South Classic, edging Canadian Mike Weir by a single shot. McCarron also was a three-time winner in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, an unofficial PGA Tour event.
McCarron had chances for more PGA wins, but he lost in a playoff in both the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
In 2010, McCarron controversially accused Phil Mickelson of violating the PGA rules for using a golf club (Ping-Eye 2 pitching wedge) that no longer complied with the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) rules. The old Ping club, with its square grooves remained legal because of a technicality. The USGA quickly fixed the loophole and the club was banned and the controversy faded.
McCarron began battling a nagging series of injuries in the 2012 season and his play on tour began to wane. He has played sparingly the last few seasons. He turned 50 in July of 2015 and, if his health allows, is eligible to play on the Champions Tour.