By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MADISON, Miss. – It was brutally hot for everyone at Annandale Golf Club Friday for the rain-plagued Sanderson Farms Championship, but it’s a safe bet no player was hotter on the course than Cameron Beckman.
Beckman, who won this tournament in 2001, played seven holes in Thursday’s opening round before storms stopped play. When the round was resumed Friday morning, he was 3 over par and facing a 60-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth hole.
When his second round was finished Friday afternoon, he was 8 under, two shots off the lead, and feeling a heck of a lot better than he was some 10 hours earlier.
“It was crazy,” said Beckman, 43. “Starting the day 3 over, then this? Are you kidding me?”
Beckman sits at 8 under despite two bogeys on the easiest hole on the course, the short, downhill par-5 fifth. Where he did his scoring, instead, was on the back nine, playing it in 9 under.
He holed a wedge from 115 yards for eagle on the par-5 11th in the first round, then birdied six of the nine holes on the back in Round 2, firing the low round of the day this point, an 8-under 64.
Beckman won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic here in 2001. He’s played the event 12 times, making the cut each time.
“This is one of my favorite tournaments,” said Beckman. “Especially since 2001, but even before then. There’s just something about this place. I feel like I can shoot good scores here.”