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Sergio Garcia was first in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green in Mississippi. (Getty Images)

Teeing Off

GARCIA RALLIES, WINS SANDERSON FARMS

It’s been more than three years. And the struggles have been evident. But on Sunday, Sergio Garcia dug deep, closed strong, fired a 5-under 67 and found himself in the winner’s circle at the Sanderson Farms Championship. “I think it’s just keep believing, keep working hard, get your mind right,” said an emotional Garcia, whose previous TOUR win came at the Masters in 2017. “I think that my whole team has been behind me trying to help me anyway they can … It’s never easy, and when you’re struggling a little bit it’s always tough. But they stuck behind me and that’s why I love them.” There was plenty of late drama at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. With Peter Malnati in at 18 under with the clubhouse lead, Garcia had work to do. So all he did was eagle the 14th hole with an amazing second shot to 3 feet, then stick his approach on the 18th hole to 2 feet before tapping it in for a one-shot victory. And oh, he started putting with his eyes closed this week, so that appeared to work pretty well. It was the 11th victory on the PGA TOUR for the former winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, and it came one season after he posted only one top-10 finish on TOUR. Garcia picked up 500 FedExCup points and vaulted 142 spots to No. 4 in the standings.

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VIVA LAS VEGAS

The PGA TOUR heads west for the first of two events on a mini-Vegas swing. This week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin will be followed by THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. This marks Bryson DeChambeau’s first start after his U.S. Open win, Francesco Molinari’s first start since the season paused while defending champion Kevin Na looks to get lucky and go back-to-back. Will Zalatoris is in on a sponsor exemption, Smylie Kaufman returns to the tournament where he notched his first TOUR victory, and young stars Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, Justin Suh and Parker Coody (grandson of former Masters champion Charles Coody) round out the field. Don’t gamble away all your chips as 500 FedExCup points are on the table.

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BIG NAMES COMMIT TO SHADOW CREEK, SHERWOOD

The stars continue to commit to THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK and the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD. Last week, 2020 FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy were among the game’s best who committed to THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK, which will be contested Oct. 15-18 in Las Vegas. Tiger Woods had already committed to the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, but Phil Mickelson confirmed his participation last week and will join a field that includes Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose at Sherwood Country Club from Oct. 22-25.
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The Turn

MIC CHECK

“It’s been tough because I lost two uncles because of COVID. It’s been tough on my dad. This one is for them.” - Sergio Garcia after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship

“It’s kind of a dream come true being able to be good friends with your idol or your role model.” – MJ Daffue on his relationship with Retief Goosen.

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BY THE NUMBERS


78 Players in PGA TOUR history who have won in three different decades. Sergio Garcia became the most recent player to do so on Sunday.

61st – Birthday celebration for Fred Couples this past weekend. Relive some of Boom Boom’s best moments from his legendary career.

12thPGA TOUR start for Monday qualifier Jay McLuen who suffered a massive heart attack in 2017 and survived. Later, his wife nearly died in a farm accident. He finished 63rd at the Sanderson Farms Championship after rounds of 70-71-75-73.