Austin wins Sanderson Farms Championship in playoff|
Madison, MS (Sports Network) - Woody Austin outlasted Daniel Summerhays and
Cameron Beckman with a birdie on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the
Sanderson Farms Championship.
Austin carded a 5-under 67 during his final round at Annandale Golf Club to
finish the tournament at 20-under-par 268.
Summerhays birdied his final two holes to close out a 3-under 69 and Beckman
closed with a birdie at the last to shoot 67 and meet Austin there, but they
could not carry that momentum into the playoff, allowing Austin to claim his
fourth career victory on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2007 Merrill
"It's been a long road and a long time," stated Austin. "This is only my
fourth event, so I'm really ecstatic. Now I've got a job again."
Nicholas Thompson (71) finished in fourth at 18-under, while Billy Andrade
matched the low round of the day with a 7-under 65 to jump into a share of
fifth place with Kyle Reifers (70) at minus-17.
Bill Lunde (70) and Chad Campbell (71) tied for seventh at 16-under 272.
Austin, Summerhays and Beckman returned to the par-5 18th tee for the playoff,
where Austin reached the green in two shots and Summerhays was all but
eliminated after hitting his second shot into the water.
After Austin rolled his first putt to about eight feet and converted his
second effort for birdie, Beckman failed to convert his 6-foot birdie attempt
to hand Austin the victory.
"Congrats to Woody," said Summerhays. "That was an amazing putt he made. You
gotta be kidding me. Forty-nine years old and kicking all of our butts. Hats
off to him."
Summerhays and Thompson entered the final round tied for the lead at 17-under
and traded pas over their first four holes before Thompson tripped to a
double-bogey 7 at the fifth to hand the outright lead to Summerhays, who
tapped in for birdie at the same hole to move to 18-under.
Austin then raced up the leaderboard by countering a bogey at the second with
an eagle at the fifth, followed by back-to-back birdies at the sixth and
seventh to meet Summerhays at 18-under.
Beckman briefly made it a three-way tie for the lead with his third birdie in
a four-hole stretch at the eighth, but fell off the pace with a bogey at the
Summerhays birdied the ninth to again grab the outright lead, but Beckman
poured in birdies at the 11th and 13th, and Austin, who was playing alongside
Beckman, also birdied the 13th to grab a share of the lead.
Austin followed with another gain at the 15th to move ahead, while Summerhays
bogeyed the 14th to fall two shots off the pace at minus-18.
However, Summerhays bounced right back with birdies at the 17th and 18th while
Beckman also birdied the last to force the playoff as Austin parred his final
three holes to stay at 20-under.
"It was back and forth," Austin said. "But I gave myself so many chances over
the last three rounds it would have been hard to swallow if I didn't give
myself a chance to win, because I played really, really well."
NOTES: Austin improved to 3-1 in playoffs, while Beckman fell to 1-1 and
Summerhays dipped to 0-1 ... Austin had missed the cut in his three starts on
the PGA Tour this season ... Austin became the eighth oldest winner on the PGA
Tour at 49 years, 5 months and 25 days and the oldest since Fred Funk won at
50 in 2007 ... Andrade recorded his first top-10 finish since the 2006 U.S.
Bank Championship, where he tied for sixth place.
07/21 18:49:48 ET