Carlsbad, Calif. After a week of surprising losses by Tiger Woods and just about every other big name in golf, the final survivors of the Match Play Championship are Scott McCarron and Kevin Sutherland, who have been playing each other since they were kids in Sacramento, Calif.
McCarron claimed a dramatic 1-up victory over Paul Azinger by holing a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Sutherland became the highest seed ever to reach the finals No. 62 with a 1-up victory when Brad Faxon three-putted the 18th green from 15 feet.
Next up is a 36-hole final for McCarron and Sutherland, who came into the week as the Nos. 45 and 62, respectively.
They were born one year apart in Sacramento and have played against each other at every level but never on a stage like this, and not with $1 million awaiting the winner. Azinger will play an 18-hole consolation match today against Faxon.