Sanderson Farms Championship
Journeyman Woody Austin defeated Daniel Summerhays and Cameron Beckman on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi. Austin, who had played three events on TOUR in 2013 and MC in all of them, wins for the first time since the FESJC in 2007. Austin now has four wins on TOUR in his career and three of these have come via the playoff. After striping fairways and plugging GIR, Austin’s putter held up as he rolled in 23 birdies against only five bogeys en route to victory this week. With this victory, Austin wins $540,000 and receives a two-year exemption on TOUR. Austin, 49, has not been a full-time member on TOUR since 2011.
Only 12 players in 28 full-field, stroke-play events have held on to the 54-hole lead. Lee Westwood, Daniel Summerhays and Nicholas Thompson couldn’t convert their leads today.
Daniel Summerhays: Another week, another interesting finish on TOUR. Last week, Summerhays had a four-shot lead heading into Sunday and finished one shot out of a playoff. This week, Summerhays entered the final round tied with Nicholas Thompson, and birdied holes No. 71 and 72 to get into the playoff. Summerhays made 27 birdies last week and 21 birdies this week. He also only made two bogeys. That’s solid golf. It’s coming.
Cameron Beckman: After nearly shooting himself out of the tournament with an opening round 72, the 2001 champion rallied with rounds of 64-65-67 to force his way into the playoff with a birdie on No. 18. His 24 birdies were almost enough to see him hit the winner’s circle for the first time since Mayakoba in 2010. Beckman, before today, was 0-5 on TOUR in 2013 after finishing 181st on the money list in 2012.
Nicholas Thompson: He led the field with 25 birdies but he also made two costly double bogeys which saw him miss out on the playoff by two shots. He dug himself a hole on Sunday going out in 39 but he rallied with four birdies on the back for 32 but could not capitalize on the 54-hole lead. His solo fourth is his best finish since 2008 (T2; Ginn Su Mer). He’s now hit the weekend in seven of his last eight outings and he was T12 last week at JDC.
Billy Andrade: I thought he was on The Golf Channel? This was his sixth event combined of 2013 on TOUR and the Web.com Tour. He made one cut and finished T49. He turned 49 in January. He played one event last year. He played three events in 2011. He played one event in 2010. He made $19,000 in 2009 in 17 events. I’m finished typing now.
Kyle Reifers: He hit 83.33% GIR this week and made only three bogeys. He’s played ONE, count it, ONE TOUR event this season and finished T54 at Colonial. He’s played 12 Web.com Tour events and has made $21,000. I’m finished typing now.
Bill Lunde: Entering this week Lunde had made two cuts from eight tries on TOUR and one cut from two on the Web.com Tour. He at least had a T17 at The Greenbrier.
Chad Campbell: His decent run of form continues as he hits the weekend for the sixth weekend on the bounce. His T7 is his best finish since last year’s T7 at The McGladrey. The 2007 champion played in this event only once after his win. His eagle on No. 18 on Sunday might see him add this to his schedule for next year. He’ll be worth a look next week in Canada.
Jason Bohn: He backed up his T22 last week at JDC with T9 this week as he rattled off 22 birdies, 21 of those after Thursday. His putter was hot and his form isn’t bad either as he’s made six of the last eight weekends. Put him down next year as he’s now finished T9 (2013) and second (2012) in his last two events here.
Chris Stoud: His T9 hits the top 10 for the fourth time in 20 starts in 2013. In his last six starts he’s finished T7, T53, P2, T28 and T9 this weekend. Guess who led the field in strokes gained-putting? Yep. It’s his second top 10 here in four years.
Billy Mayfair: Make it three cuts in 11 events in 2013 for Mayfair as he finishes T9 this week. The highlight was finding 62 on Friday and that vaulted him into the top 10 for the first time since RBC Heritage last spring.
Chris Kirk: The 2011 champion’s T9 see him hit the top 10 for the third straight event at Annandale. He’s the first name on the team sheet if he’s not playing The Open Championship. Kirk is now 15 of 18 on the season and is hovering around the top 30 on the FEDEXCup Playoffs leaderboard.
Jim Herman: #goHermie! He’s been in four straight columns! After stumbling in the middle of his round Sunday, Hermie showed some guts finishing birdie-eagle to crack the top 10 for the second consecutive week. He’s now avoided the dreaded trunk slam for six weeks on the bounce. Is it time to break through or time to bail on him? After finishing T4 GIR I think you can guess! Giddy up!
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