Mark McCumber calls it self management. He whistles while he works, talks with his caddie about a variety of subjects and then takes a sensible approach to his golf game.
"I told my caddie that I wanted to say something positive after every shot, and I did. That's hard to do," McCumber said Sunday after winning the Hardees Classic by a stroke when Kenny Perry bogeyed the final hole."I took advantage of one bad shot that Kenny hit. I drove to the right side, played an intelligent second shot to the middle of the green and then two-putted," said McCumber, whose final-hole par gave him a 3-under 67 and a four-round 15-under 265 at the Oakwood Country Club.
McCumber talked about basketball and about his family between his shots of Sunday's final round, one that began with he and Perry tied at 12-under.
And what was he whistling?
"A bunch of songs, some hymns I know, a lot of different songs. It settles me down, it calms me down," he said. But even whistling became difficult in the final tense holes after Perry dropped in a birdie on 16 to tie at 15-under.
"I didn't have any spit left by the 16th, so my whistle was pretty faint by the 18th," said McCumber. "You know you're playing good when you can't spit."
Perry and McCumber matched pars on the 17th before Perry faltered.
He hit his tee shot left of the fairway, down a slope and near a tree in thick grass. He tried to punch his second shot, but it also did not get out of the rough, and his third shot went over the green and again into the rough. He finished with a bogey-5 when his chip came up short.
"He got a little quick. He got it in a place that was good for me and bad for Kenny," said McCumber.
"You hate to give one away," Perry said. "You don't get in position to win too often. To play the last hole so poorly hurts.
"All I had to do was hit it in the fairway. I hooked it left and I was dead over there. My second shot jumped up and hit a tree."
Perry shot a final-round 68 to finish 14-under.
Two-time defending champion David Frost and Mike Donald finished two strokes behind.
McCumber, who earlier this season won the Anheuser-Busch Classic, joins Nick Price, Jose Maria Olazabal and Mike Springer as multiple winners this year. He earned $180,000 for Sunday's victory, increasing his season total to a career-best $644,009. He's now won nine tournaments.
"It's a unique year. I don't base it on money. I don't play many tournaments, just the ones I want to play," said McCumber, who entered the tournament 25th on the money list.
"I'm just grateful to be the champion here."
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In Indianapolis, Isao Aoki shot a 5-under-par 67 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway course to win the Brickyard Crossing Championship with a two-round total of 11-under 133.
Aoki won the rain-abbreviated tournament by a stroke. Tom Wargo and Jimmy Powell tied for second.
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In Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France, Vijay Singh used birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to beat Miguel Angel Jiminez and win the Lancome Trophy golf tournament.
Singh's 4-under-par 66 gave him a 17-under 263 total. Jiminez closed with a 67 and finished at 264. Seve Ballesteros, who made it into the field as a late replacement for Greg Norman, finished third at 265.