Friday Sept. 25, 2009
Charlotte, NC – The question entering the final round of this week’s Cabarrus Classic was not whether or not Scott Brown would win, but rather how many would he win by? Entering the final round with a one-shot lead, the former USC Aiken standout answered that question with authority after a closing 6-under 65 that gave him a two-shot win and his third title of 2009.
Brown opened the tournament with rounds of 67-63—130 and began Friday’s final round with a one-shot lead over Brian Anderson (Jupiter, FL) and a two-shot advantage over playing partner Lee Williams (Alexander City, AL) and good friend Kevin Kisner (Aiken, SC).
Entering the day, a big key for Brown was his ball striking. Through 36 holes, the North Augusta, SC native had failed to card a single bogey and really had not been in any trouble that could jeopardize the streak. Friday would provide more of the same.
“I birdied Nos. 2 and 4 and then hit it to a foot on No. 9 for birdie. It was just easy this week. I think that’s why I didn’t have any bogeys,” said Brown, who went out in 3-under 32 to get to 16-under for the tournament and maintain his lead.
Heading to the closing nine at Charlotte National Golf Club, Brown’s sole purpose was to stay aggressive and keep his foot on the gas.
“That was my thing today, I wanted to stay aggressive with my irons so I didn’t have to try and two putt from 50 or 60 feet,” said Brown. “I just wanted to make it easy.”
Brown continued to make things easy with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13 and 14 to get further in the red at 18-under for the event. The only problem was that he quickly had company from what was otherwise supposed to be a one-man party.
Fernando Mechereffe of Brazil began his final round trailing Brown by four shots. A past champion at Charlotte National, Mechereffe has always felt comfortable on the slick greens and open vistas of the Charlotte, NC staple.
Comfort nearly turned into $30,000 quickly.
A matching outward nine of 3-under 32 left Mechereffe still trailing Brown by four heading to the back nine, but a quick birdie at No. 10 moved him to 4-under on his round. It was then that he began to apply some much needed pressure to Brown. Birdies on 13, 14, 15 and 16 catapulted the former NC State All-American up the leaderboard and into solo second place at 17-under for the event.