PHOENIX – Scott McCarron moved into position to win the PGA Tour Champions' season points race, birdieing the final two holes Saturday for a one-stroke lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
McCarron shot a 5-under 66 on another warm and sunny day at Phoenix Country Club. To win the Charles Schwab Cup and a $1 million annuity, McCarron needs to the tournament Sunday and have Bernhard Langer - tied for 19th at 7 under - tie for fourth or worse.
''All I'm trying to do is put myself in position to win this golf tournament,'' McCarron said. ''Whatever happens with the Schwab Cup, I really can't control that. That's up to some other guys.''
The 53-year-old McCarron, fifth in the points standings entering the finale, has eight victories on the 50-and-over tour, winning twice this year. He won three times on the PGA Tour.
''The one thing I'm doing a really good job is I'm not letting the bad shots bother me too much at all this week, which is great,'' McCarron said. ''Sometimes I'll let them bother me a little bit.''
Langer had a 66 after shooting two 70s.
''Obviously, I'm out of the running for winning,'' Langer said. ''So, I'm just trying to sneak up as far as I can and then it's all up to the other guys, how they finish.''
McCarron had an 18-under 195 total.
Stephen Ames and Tim Petrovic were tied for second.
Ames had a 61. He birdied four of the first five holes and closed birdie-par-birdie-eagle.
''I did it with the putter, which is nice because I had a struggle with it this year,'' Ames said. ''But overall it was fun. I had to look at my score, my scorecard, to actually realize that I needed eagle on the last hole to go to 10 under. So standing over the putt on the 18th, it was a lot more pressure.''
Petrovic shot 66.
Second-round leader Paul Goydos had a 69 to drop two strokes back.
''Today was kind of that round as to why I'm not in the running to win the Schwab Cup,'' Goydos said.
Season title contender David Toms (65) was at 12 under with Vijay Singh (67), Wes Short Jr. (65), Glen Day (65) and Marco Dawson (67).
Langer and No. 2 Scott Parel (tied for 21st at 6 under after a 68) would take the Cup with a tournament victory, while McCarron, Toms, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jerry Kelly need a win and help from other players. Kelly (68) was tied for 11th at 10 under, and Jimenez (69) was 32nd in the 35-man field at even par.