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Scott McCarron, Tom Byrum share PGA Tour Champions lead
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Scott McCarron and Tom Byrum shared the Dominion Charity Classic lead Saturday, with Bernhard Langer two strokes back in the second of three PGA Tour Champions playoff events.
McCarron shot his second straight 5-under 67, and Byrum had a 69 to reach 10-under 134 on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. Langer also had a 69 in his return for a left knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the playoff opener last week in California.
McCarron birdied the par-5 16th and 18th for the second day in a row, holing a 12-footer on 18. Byrum closed birdie-bogey-birdie, making a 20-footer on 18 to tie McCarron.
Langer is fighting the knee injury that he re-aggravated at home doing routine spinning. The 59-year-old German star leads the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, had a tour-high our victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459.
The playoff field was cut from 72 to 54 for the event, and Tom Lehman dropped out because of an elbow injury. The top 36 after the week will qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points — first place is worth $305,000 and 610,000 points this week — and is added to the regular-season total. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.
The 51-year-old McCarron is fifth in the standings. The three-time PGA Tour champion won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour.
The 56-year-old Byrum is 27th in the standings. He's winless on the senior tour after winning once on the PGA Tour.
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