Daily Wrap-up: Sanderson Farms Championship, Round 4text size
Round 4 Recap: Sanderson Farms Championship
In the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, Woody Austin shot a 5-under 67 and wins after a one-hole playoff vs. Daniel Summerhays and Cameron Beckman.July 21, 2013
By PGATOUR.COM wire reports
MADISON, Miss. -- Woody Austin's spent the past few years living the life of a golf nomad, not knowing when his next opportunity to play on the PGA TOUR would come.
Those days are over for a while.
The 49-year-old Austin won the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday for his first PGA TOUR victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
"It's been a long road and a long time," Austin said. "Now I've got a job again."
Austin is the eighth-oldest winner in PGA TOUR history and the oldest since Fred Funk won at 50 in 2007. The victory gave him a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and a spot in the PGA Championship -- not to mention 300 FedExCup points to move to No. 130 in the latest standings.
Not bad for a guy who hadn't even made a cut on the TOUR this year.
Austin came into the final round two shots behind Summerhays and Nicholas Thompson, but made up ground with a 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. His final round didn't start particularly well -- he bogeyed No. 2 -- but he recovered with an eagle on No. 5 and birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to vault back into contention.
"My iron play is my strength and it was there this week," said Austin, who has four career victories. "I was able to maneuver the ball around, get the ball close to the flag. The most important part of the game is putting and I putted good this week, plain and simple."
Beckman and Summerhays both birdied No. 18 to match Austin, and Beckman missed a 5-foot putt that would have forced a second playoff hole.
Beckman shot 67, and Summerhays had a 69 in the last round.
Summerhays and Thompson started the day with a share of the lead, two shots ahead the pack.
But Thompson fell out of contention quickly with a double bogey on No. 5 and a bogey on No. 8. He finished fourth at 18 under, two shots back after a 71. Summerhays moved into the lead with a birdie on No. 9, but made bogey on 14 and fell behind until making birdies on both Nos. 17 and 18.
It was the second straight week Summerhays failed to close a tournament after having at least a share of the lead on the final day. His drive on the playoff hole -- the 532-yard, par-5 18th -- found the bunker on the right side of the fairway and he hit into the water on his second shot.
He tied for fourth the week before at the John Deere, a stroke out of a playoff after bogeying the final hole.
"It's tough to swallow for sure, but again, it's my first playoff and there are all these new 'firsts,'" Summerhays said. "Hopefully I can continue to learn and grow."
Summerhays praised Austin for making clutch putts in the final round.
"You've got to be kidding me -- he's 49 years old and kicking all our butts," Summerhays said. "Hats off to him."
Austin wasn't the only veteran making a move on the final day.
Beckman, 43, recovered from a 72 in the opening round to post a 64, 65 and 67 in the last three rounds. He was tied for the lead at various times Sunday. He drilled an impressive 15-foot birdie putt to force the playoff, but his 5-foot putt on the playoff hole missed to the right.
Billy Andrade charged up the leaderboard with a 65 to tie for fifth at 17 under. The 49-year-old started the day seven shots off the lead but climbed quickly by shooting 7 under through his first 11 holes. He finished with seven straight pars.
Annandale Golf Club: Round 4 Easiest hole Toughest hole
The par-5 fifth was the easiest with a Sunday scoring average of 4.342.
EAGLES: 9 | BIRDIES: 40 | PARS: 22 | BOGEYS: 2 | OTHERS: 3
The par-4 fourth hole was the toughest with a Sunday scoring average of 4.171.
EAGLES: 0 | BIRDIES: 6 | PARS: 51 | BOGEYS: 19 | OTHERS: 0
About the winner: Woody Austin • Austin earns his fourth career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 49 years, 5 months and 25 days in his 507th start. • Austin moves into the top 130 in the FedExCup standings.
• Austin improves to 3-1 in playoffs on TOUR. Austin’s four career wins on the PGA TOUR: 1995 Buick Open, 2004 Buick Championship, 2007 FedEx St. Jude Championship, 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship.
• Austin earns a two year exemption on the PGA TOUR (through 2014-2015). With the win he earns a spot into the PGA Championship. Austin last played in a major championship at the 2009 PGA Championship (T36).