Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

McFarland Has Grand Day

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

McFarland Has Grand Day

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The anticipation of potentially capturing his first TGA City Match Play title was so great that Mac McFarland showed up at Cypress Ridge Golf Course early Sunday morning even though he fully knew the overnight and morning rains likely would wash out his scheduled championship match with Scot Duddy.

"I really wanted to play (Sunday)," McFarland said. "I understood it was too wet to play."

With the title match pushed back to Monday, McFarland made the longer-than-anticipated wait well worth it. He jumped out quickly on Duddy and never looked back, taking a 5&3 victory for his first City Match Play crown.

The title also gave McFarland his TGA grand

slam, adding to the City Stroke Play, Four-Man and Two-Man crowns he previously had won.

"Stroke Play meant more because it was Father's Day, but this is a close second," said McFarland, who won his Stroke Play title in 2014. "Having my dad (Walt) out here for all four days means a lot."

If McFarland was too amped up to complete his TGA quest, it didn't show on Monday. He said the extra night of sleep waiting to play was tough, but he spent Sunday trying to stay in his same routine as the day before, "playing with my two kids and hanging out at my parents."

He looked dialed in from the start, giving himself birdie putts on the first five holes. He only cashed in on one of those early looks, sneaking in a 10-footer on No. 5, but appeared to be in almost complete control by the time the first one fell.

A balky putter doomed Duddy early as he three-putted the first two holes, making bogey at each. McFarland won each hole with a par, and his birdie on 5 followed by another three-putt bogey by Duddy on No. 6 gave McFarland a 4-up lead through six.

"The first putts on the long putts I had, I just left them way too short," Duddy said. "It put me in range for three-putts and I do that a lot. …

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