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Scott McCarron wins the AmFam Champ!

Scott McCarron outlasted a star-studded field to win the third annual American Family Insurance Championship Sunday, winning by one stroke over Madison’s Jerry Kelly and two over tournament host Steve Stricker, defending champion Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.

McCarron closed with an eight-under-par 64, tying Montgomerie for the low round of the day, to finish the championship at 15 under par at University Ridge Golf Course.

“I am proud to be your champion,” McCarron told the 18th green crowd at the championship’s closing ceremony. It was McCarron’s seventh career PGA TOUR Champions win and first this year. Like Kelly and Stricker, McCarron has Wisconsin ties, with his wife and her family from nearby Waukesha, Wisconsin.

While final numbers are not in, this year’s championship and related events is projected to approach or surpass records for attendance and charity dollars raised. Championship officials said the Saturday crowd alone exceeded 30,000, breaking the previous one-day record of 25,000 on Saturday of the 2017 event.

In its first two years, the American Family Insurance Championship raised $2.7 million for charity, with half going to the American Family Children’s Hospital and remainder to more than 100 charities. Total charity dollars raised and beneficiaries from this year’s championship will be announced in December.

“Thank you to the 1,200 volunteers, numerous sponsors and 65,000 fans for joining us and making this an incredible week,” said American Family Insurance President Bill Westrate.

Next year’s American Family Insurance Championship will be held June 17-23, 2019 at University Ridge.

2018 final results

Final round notes

Photos: Steve Stricker, 2018 winner Scott McCarron and American Family Insurance Chairman and CEO Jack Salzwedel

2018 American Family Insurance Championship winner Scott McCarron, Gail Perla, volunteer coordinator (to Scott's right) and just some of the 1,200 volunteers who worked at the event this week.