Loren Roberts will forever be known as the one who kept a Wisconsin golfer from becoming the first and only native son to win his home-state PGA Tour event, beating Madison's Jerry Kelly in a one-hole playoff to win the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee.

Will Scott McCarron hold the same distinction on the PGA Tour Champions?

McCarron kept Kelly from becoming the first Wisconsin golfer to win the local stop on the senior circuit in June when he held off Kelly to win the American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. McCarron birdied three holes in a row starting at No. 14 en route to a closing 64 and overtook Kelly, who had birdied four of five holes starting at No. 12 only to finish par-par for a 65 and fall one shot short at 14-under-par 202.

That was just one of the reasons McCarron's win ranks as the year's No. 8 story as ranked by the Wisconsin.Golf staff in its Top 18 of 2018.

The other? McCarron also denied tournament host Steve Stricker of Madison from winning his own event. Stricker sandwiched a 2-over-par 74 between a 64 to open and a 65 to close, finishing third for the second consecutive year.

“You know, it was really funny,” the 52-year-old McCarron told reporters later. “I kept hearing the roars in front of me and I kind of knew who was making what — either Steve or Jerry.”

Kelly began the year by winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the first event on the schedule in January. Coincidentally, two of Stricker's three wins in 2018 came in events hosted by Madison golfers — Kelly's Cologuard Classic in Tucson in March and the inaugural Sanford International, hosted by two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North in South Dakota in September.

“Yeah, I really thought it was going to happen, you know?” said Kelly, who finished one shot ahead of Stricker, defending champion Fred Couples and Scotland's Colin Montgomerie. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t as aggressive as I should have been on 16 and 17. And then (on No. 18) I had a hook lie and tried to hit a cut and I just didn’t release it."


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