Golf: Summerhays falls short in Sanderson Farms playoff
Madison, Miss. • Woody Austin won the Sanderson Farms Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and former BYU golfer Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
The 49-year-old Austin is the eighth oldest winner in PGA Tour history and the oldest since Fred Funk won at 50 in 2007.
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. 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.
Austin was making his fourth PGA Tour start of the year. He has four career victories. Summerhays and Thompson started the day tied for 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.
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 5,532-yard, par-5 18th found the bunker on the right side of the fairway and he hit into the water on his second shot.
"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."
In Sylvania, Ohio, Spain's Beatriz Recari outdueled Paula Creamer to win the Marathon Classic by one shot for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and third overall. The 26-year-old Recari closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 17-under 267.