It’s not often that a Monday qualifier becomes a fan favorite in a PGA Tour event, but that was exactly the case on Friday morning, when a former Hawkeye was some great memories for friends and family alike.
West Branch, Iowa native Sean McCarty brought the roars to TPC Deere Run on Friday morning, and finished at three-under par after the second round in his first John Deere Classic since 2013.
“Yeah it was awesome,” McCarty said. “Great support out here, they were cheering me on. I’m dragging tail and they’re cheering me on. I also don’t want to mess up in front of my fans out here, but you know what, I started off great, putting on a good show for them. Then just kind of, just kind of fizzled there unfortunately at the end. I made some stupid bogeys throughout the day … it’s great having them out here, it’s fun, great support.”
“It’s always fun. You know, we’ve done it, I don’t even know how many times over the years,” said Chad McCarty, Sean’s brother and caddie, “but we knew in past years we’ve always known that it’s an hour away from our hometown and a lot of people have supported us.”
With Chad on the bag, the 1995 University of Iowa graduate reached six-under-par twice on Friday, but a four-over stretch forced him to make a clutch birdie at the ninth hole, his final one of the day, to have a chance for the weekend.
“It was a left-center putt and it just barely turned, so i trusted Chad on that one and he got me in there,” said McCarty, who also qualified for August’s PGA Championship near St. Louis over the summer. “It’d been a long time since I made the cut. So obviously that was my goal for the week, and I hated kind of losing it coming down the stretch there. I just couldn’t get the putts to go. I started off great, but that’s just how it goes.”