Monday qualifier Osborn in contention again at Sanderson Farms
September 20, 2019
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Garrett Osborn recorded a second-round 67 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. (PGA TOUR)
JACKSON, Miss. – Garrett Osborn is at it again.
Osborn has already contended in the Sanderson Farms once before after Monday qualifying for the event. He’s doing it again this year.
He finished ninth in this event five years ago. He’s opened this year’s Sanderson Farms Championship with scores of 70 and 67 to sit five shots behind leader Byeong Hun An. The second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning because of weather delays.
This is just the 11th PGA TOUR start of the 34-year-old’s career. It’s only the second time he’s made the cut.
Osborn shot 66 on Monday to get into the tournament. He got off to a hot start in the tournament’s first round, holing a 25-foot birdie putt from the fringe on his opening hole. He hit his 257-yard second shot on the next hole to 2 feet, then made the short putt for eagle. Play was suspended because of lightning before Osborn could complete his next hole.
Osborn bogeyed three of his first seven holes after returning to the course on Friday morning. He made two birdies and no bogeys on his back nine to shoot 70, though.
Osborn made another eagle on his third hole of the second round. He hit his 267-yard approach to 13 feet. He bogeyed the next hole but made three birdies and no bogeys the rest of the way. The 67 was his lowest score in 24 career rounds on the PGA TOUR.
Osborn has missed just eight fairways and eight greens in the first two rounds. The 34-year-old is playing his first PGA TOUR event since the 2017 U.S. Open.
He has spent the past two seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour, finishing in the top-25 just once in 34 starts. Last year was the first time since 2010 that he made at least 15 starts on that circuit.
His career got off to a promising start. He finished 38th on the Korn Ferry Tour money list in 2008, his first full season as a pro. He was 59th on the money list the following year, but never again finished inside the top 100.
He made just 10 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour from 2011-2017. He once described himself as a “walking ambulance” because of the injuries, including a ruptured disc in his back, that have interrupted his career.
He isn’t the only Monday qualifier to contend at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Scott Strohmeyer, who was teammates with Justin Thomas at Alabama, finished T4 in this event two years ago.