Austin was assessed a four-stroke penalty for having more than 14 clubs in his bag. (Cox/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Heavy rain Friday morning proved difficult at times to play in at Oak Hill. It also proved costly to Woody Austin.
Austin was assessed a four-stroke penalty for having one too many clubs in his bag -- in this case a 21-degree Adams driving iron that he never ended up using anyway.
Instead of a 71, he carded a 75 -- and missed the cut by a stroke.
The penalty for carrying more than 14 clubs is two strokes per hole with a maximum penalty of four strokes. Austin realized immediately when he pulled the rain cover off his clubs on the third hole and reached for his 3-iron that he had too many clubs in the bag.
"I can't say I was angry," Austin said after a long pause. "It was more shock. Pretty bummed and just disappointed in myself that I was that stupid.
"(My caddie) didn't say much -- it's not his fault. It's as much my fault as it is his. It's both our jobs. If we would've been on the first tee on a normal day we would have caught it immediately."
The error was reminiscent of Ian Woosam's gaffe on the final day of the 2001 Open Championship, except his two-stroke penalty could have possibly cost him the Claret Jug. Woosnam ended up finishing third, four strokes back of winner David Duval.
The 49-year-old Austin had used the club while warming up on the range Friday morning, tinkering with the idea of replacing his 3-iron with it. Only he forgot to take it out of the bag and had his clubs covered as rain fell most of the morning.
After discovering it was in his bag, Austin alerted an official and handed the club to his son.
Just last month Austin won for the first time in six years, capturing the Sanderson Farms Championship in a playoff. The victory gave him a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR -- and earned him a spot in the field here.
The penalty might also cost him a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Austin came into the week 134th in the standings and has just one more week to move inside the top 125.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Woody Austin suffered a costly four-stroke penalty on Friday when he discovered he had 15 clubs in his bag during the second round of the PGA Championship..
Austin declared the club out of play and reported the mistake to a rules official when he finished the third hole. Under rule 4-4, the penalty for exceeding the 14-club limit is two strokes for each hole where the breach occured, to a maximum of four strokes.
So instead of a par at the first hole, Austin made a double bogey. He tripled the second when the penalty strokes were added.
Austin, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship earlier this year, did manage to make birdies at the fifth and sixth holes but he bogeyed No. 9 and made the turn in 39. He's 3 over for the tournament and 4 over for the day.
Had Austin not incurred the penalty, he would have made the turn in even par and be 1 under for the tournament.
Who’s was the best PGA TOUR player in July? You can determine the winner.
Fans can vote online at PGATOUR.COM for one of four players nominated for their outstanding play the previous month by a panel of national media.
The four nominees for July are: Jordan Spieth, Woody Austin, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
The voting ends on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, and the player with the most votes will be named the PGA TOUR Player of the Month. In addition, Avis, the “Official Rental Car Company” of the PGA TOUR, will present the winner with a $50,000 check payable to his charity of choice.
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Padraig Harrington enters the Reno-Tahoe Open at No. 123 in the FedExCup. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Here’s a look at some featured groupsfor the first two rounds of this week's Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club:
J.J. Henry-Stuart Appleby-Padraig Harrington: The defending champion, J.J. Henry, is playing with nine-time PGA TOUR winner Stuart Appleby and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. Harrington, the 2008 PGA Championship winner, also is in next week’s PGA, while Henry is the third alternate. A victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open also will earn a player an exemption to Oak Hill. Henry, at No. 91 in the FedExCup standings, appears to have clinched his spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Appleby and Harrington could use a good week, though. Harrington is 123rd in the standings, while Appleby is 124th. The top 125 after the Wyndham Championship qualify for the Playoffs.
Woody Austin-Ben Crane-Davis Love III: This threesome features three former TOUR winners who could use a good week to ensure a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Austin won this year’s Sanderson Farms Championship, his first TOUR win since 2007, but ranks 134th in the FedExCup. The 300 points he earned for his Sanderson Farms win are the only points he’s earned this season. Crane, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, is 122nd in the standings. He’s posted just two top-10s in 18 starts this season, including a T-8 at THE PLAYERS Championship. Love, who missed several months because of neck surgery in February, is 162nd in the FedExCup after finishing in the top-10 once in 12 starts. Love and Austin are both in the field for next week’s PGA Championship.
Woody Austin, winner of last week's Sanderson Farms Championship, will be answering fan questions in a live video Q&A at 11:30 AM ET. The chat can be streamed live here on the TOUR Report or on the PGA TOUR's Google+ page.
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Tee times are out for the first two rounds of the RBC Canadian Open, where Scott Piercy is trying to become just the second player in the history of golf's third-oldest tournament to successfully defend his title. The only other player to do it was Jim Furyk, who went back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
Here's a closer look at the group and other notable groups to watch the first two rounds (all times ET):
Scott Piercy, Ernie Els, Luke Donald: Piercy won this tournament a year ago and also played well in 2011, finishing sixth. Els, meanwhile, has had four finishes in the top six in his last eight starts worldwide. Donald finished third in the event in 2010. They'll tee off at 12:45 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday.
Woody Austin, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk: Austin is coming off his first victory in six years and another strong performance could get him into the FedExCup Playoffs picture. McDowell, who won the RBC Heritage earlier this season, is playing this RBC event for the first time. They'll tee off at 12:55 p.m. Thursday and 7:40 a.m. Friday.
Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson: Kuchar has a half-dozen top 10s this year, including two wins. He also finished fourth in this tournament in 2010. Snedeker enters the week off three straight finishes in the top 20 and he finished fifth the last time this event was played at Glen Abbey. They'll tee off at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and 12:45 p.m. Friday.
Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan: It has been a breakout season for Horschel, who has seven top 10s, including a first, second and third. He's cooled of late, however, with no finishes in the top 30 in his last three starts. Mahan, who was in the final pairing on Sunday at Muirfield, finished fourth here in 2004. They'll tee off at 7:40 a.m. Thursday and 12:55 p.m. Friday.
Check out the top five shots of the week from the Sanderson Farms Championship featuring highlights from Woody Austin, Billy Mayfair, William McGirt, Nick O'Hern, and Kyle Reifers.
Austin birdied the first extra hole to win in a playoff Sunday in Mississippi. (Cox/Getty Images)
By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MADISON, Miss. -- Woody Austin birdied the first playoff hole to beat Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays to win the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday at Annandale Golf Club, ending a six-year victory drought for one of golf’s most colorful characters.
Austin, 49, last won in 2007, at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He had played in just three PGA TOUR events this season, missing the cut in all three, while concentrating mainly on the Web.com Tour.
“It’s been a long road and a long time,” said Austin. “This is only my fourth event, so I’m really ecstatic. Now I’ve got a job again.”
Austin caught fire on Saturday, shooting a combined 11 under while completing his second round and then firing a 5-under 67 third round in the storm-plagued event.
He kept it going Sunday, hitting 13 of the last 14 greens in regulation on the way to another 67. He, Beckman (67) and Summerhays (69), who led after each of the first three rounds, were tied at 20 under after 72 holes.
Austin, who turns 50 in January, is the eighth-oldest PGA TOUR winner and oldest since Fred Funk won the Mayakoba Golf Classic at age 50 in 2007.
In the playoff, Austin reached the par-5 18th in two shots and two-putted from 85 feet, rolling in an 8-footer for birdie. Summerhays’ second shot of the playoff found water and Beckman missed a 6-foot birdie try after Austin’s make.
“Congrats to Woody,” said Summerhays, 29, who came up just short while playing in the final group for the second straight Sunday. “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.”
Austin, who earned 300 FedExCup points and won $540,000, aid it was the “32-year-old version” of himself who showed up at steamy Annandale this weekend. Asked why, he said, “It’s a golf course that I love. Look at the stats, I’ve had four or five top 10s here. And the golf course was different in that it was drier than it has been. Guys weren’t throwing darts at the greens from the rough and anywhere on the course. You have to hit good shots and iron play is my strength and it was there this week.”
Austin also putted well: He ranked 15th for the week with 111 putts, including just 29 Sunday.
Perhaps the biggest was a 15-footer for eagle on the par-5 fifth hole that got his round kick-started. He started the round two shots behind Summerhays and Nicholas Thompson, bogeyed No. 2 and then saw his 10-foot birdie try on No. 3 do a “massive 360” and stare right back at him.
“I started thinking, ‘uh-oh, I’m done,’” said Austin.
But then he eagled No. 5 and birdied Nos. 6 and 7 to get to 18 under and back in the hunt.
From there, he grinded it out, making birdies on 13 and 15. He reached 18 with a one-shot lead and played it conservatively, laying up, while Beckman, his playing partner, reached the green in two and birdied for the tie, forcing the playoff.
Summerhays, in the group behind them, birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to join the playoff.
“It was back and forth,” said Austin. “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.”
Woody Austin birdied the first extra hole to win a three-way sudden death playoff Sunday at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
It's the first victory since 2007 for the 49-year-old and the fourth of his career.
Austin shot a final-round 67 to get to 20 under and into a playoff with Daniel Summerhays and Cameron Beckman.
It was another tough break for Summerhays, who was seeking his first career win for the second straight week.
Last week at the John Deere Classic, Summerhays, playing in the final group on Sunday, bogeyed the 72nd hole to miss out on a playoff by one.
Sunday, Summerhays birdied his last two holes to get into the playoff.
With the win, Austin gets 300 FedExCup points.
Woody Austin emerged victorious from a three-man playoff at Annandale on Sunday. His Sanderson Farms Championship title marked the fourth victory in his career and the first since 2007. Want to congratulate Austin on his return to the winner's circle? Leave a message in our comments section below and we'll get it to him.