Sanderson Farms Championship 2015
Round 4 - Peter Malnati claims first PGA Tour title
November 9, 2015
Peter Malnati won for the first time on the PGA Tour, closing with a 5-under 67 to capture the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Malnati finished at 18 under in a rain-soaked tournament that was forced to complete play Monday. He was one shot behind going into the final round but closed with five birdies over his final 12 holes to beat William McGirt and David Toms by one stroke.
The event at the Country Club of Jackson was delayed five times, either by rain, lightning or darkness. The final day was a long one for several golfers, with some playing as many as 30 holes.
It was a crowded leaderboard throughout Monday's marathon round, with about 15 players moving in and out of contention. Roberto Castro led through the first two rounds but shot a 3-over 75 in the third round and finished at 16 under.
Round 4 - Roberto Castro leads as play heads to Monday
November 8, 2015
Roberto Castro finished just six holes Sunday at a soggy Sanderson Farms Championship.
The way things were going, that wasn't such a bad thing.
Castro clung to a one-stroke lead at the Country Club of Jackson after playing the first six holes in the suspended third round in 2-over par.
He'll have to navigate 30 holes Monday to win for the first time on the PGA Tour in more than 100 career starts. He'll have about a 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 7 when play resumes.
Play was suspended Sunday because of darkness and will resume Monday morning with the final round following immediately. Castro said he was prepared for the grind.
''Just grab your lunch at the turn and keep going,'' the 30-year-old Castro said. ''If you get on a good run, just ride it as long as you can.''
It's been a soggy, stop-and-start tournament that has required plenty of patience. Several players had their second rounds stretch over three days from Friday to Sunday as rain swept through the area.
Castro was at 13 under. He started play Sunday with a four-stroke lead, but quickly fell back toward the pack with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4. They were his first two bogeys of the tournament.
''I just hit two poor shots and paid for both of them,'' Castro said.
Former tournament champion D.J. Trahan and Michael Thompson were a shot back. Boo Weekley, Patrick Rodgers and Jhonattan Vegas were among seven players two shots back.
The 42-year-old Weekley, a three-time winner on tour, said he wasn't concerned about the long Monday ahead.
''You just get after it, do the best you can, chase it around out there and hope you come out a winner,'' Weekley said.
The 23-year-old Rodgers shot a 64 in the second round to jump into contention. He was 1 under through seven holes in the third round.
''I was a little up and down today. I wasn't my best,'' Rodgers said. ''But I feel good with the way I'm striking it.
Castro had his best round on the PGA Tour on Thursday, firing a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead. He pushed that lead to four strokes after shooting a 67 on Friday.
But he didn't play at all on Saturday because of the rain and struggled almost immediately on Sunday. He said course conditions had changed some because of a big drop in temperature and a little more wind.
Still, he was encouraged by his par on No. 6 just before darkness ended the round.
''A lot of golf to play tomorrow,'' Castro said.
Round 3 - Weather washes out most of SaturdayNovember 7, 2015
Rain washed out all but 40 minutes of play Saturday in the Sanderson Farms Championship, further delaying the waterlogged event.
Roberto Castro, who set the course record with a 10-under 62 in Thursday's opening round, holds a four-shot lead at 15 under through 36 holes. Bryce Molder (69) and Jhonattan Vegas (67) are tied for second at 11 under, with Patrick Rodgers (64), Michael Thompson (67), Brian Davis (69) and D.J. Trahan (67) tied for fourth at 10 under par at Country Club of Jackson.
Seventy-six players have yet to complete their second rounds.
Play is set to resume early Sunday. After the second round is completed, the third and fourth will be played. However, tournament officials are prepared to extend play into Monday if 72 holes can't be completed by darkness on Sunday.
Clear skies are forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Round 2 - Roberto Castro stretches lead to fourNovember 6, 2015
Roberto Castro was stung by a bee at the fifth hole but an eagle three holes later eased his pain as he vaulted to a four-shot lead on Friday at the weather-hit Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.
Castro holed out his second shot from 122 yards at the par-four eighth on his way to a five-under-par 67 at the soggy Country Club of Jackson, where players were allowed preferred lies.
At 15-under 129, he had a four-stroke lead when play was halted in the late afternoon due to lightning, with 45 players yet to start the second round.
Earlier, heavy rain and standing water caused play to be suspended for nearly five hours in the morning on a rain-soaked course that last week absorbed nine inches of rain.
Among the fortunate early starters able to complete the second round was overnight leader Castro, who had fired a career best and tournament record 62 for a two-shot lead.
Castro started slowly following his spree of 10 birdies on Thursday but came alive after the bee sting, sticking a perfect approach shot into the eighth green that spun back into the hole for an eagle that stretched his lead.
"I think it was a yellow jacket, one of my own kind," joked Castro, who attended Georgia Tech, nicknamed the Yellow Jackets.
"It just kind of got up under my shirt and it got me. It still stings. A couple of holes later I had a great wedge number, it came out perfect and just went in," he told Golf Channel.
Next behind Castro in the clubhouse at 11-under was American Bryce Molder, who followed his opening 64 with a 69.
Also on 11-under were Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, who was five-under for the day through 16 holes, and American D.J. Trahan, six-under through 16.
Round 1 - Roberto Castro leads with opening 62November 5, 2015
Roberto Castro shot a 10-under 62, his lowest score on the PGA Tour, to take a two-shot lead Thursday in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
The 30-year-old Castro was consistent and avoided trouble all afternoon with a bogey-free round in nearly ideal conditions for low scores. He made 10 birdies - five on each nine at the Country Club of Jackson.
Conditions were forgiving thanks to a course softened by rain and very little wind. That could change in the coming days - more rain is expected starting Friday.
But there were plenty of birdies for the taking during the first round and several players took advantage - 103 of the 122 players who finished the first round shot par or better. Nine players were still on the course when the round was halted due to darkness.
Aaron Baddeley and Bryce Molder were tied for second at 64. Adam Hadwin and Brian Davis shot 65.
Castro began his round on the back nine and, after making five birdies on the first eight holes - including four straight from No. 12 to 15 - realized it ''could be a special day.''
Though the 62 was his best on the tour, he's gone low before, shooting a 9-under 63 at The Players Championship in 2013. He's winless on the tour in more than 100 career starts.
Castro said the greens at the Country Club of Jackson are almost always good, but the previous rain made them even more forgiving than usual.
''You're never really worried about getting more than three or four feet past the hole, so it's a very comfortable speed to make a lot of putts,'' Castro said.
Baddeley has won three times on the tour, most recently in 2011, but has limited tour status after struggling last season. He started his round on the back nine and was 5-under through just seven holes, boosted by an eagle on No. 15 when he chipped in with a lob wedge from about 35 yards.
''I wasn't trying to push the issue,'' Baddeley said. ''I was just cruising along, trying to just stay in the moment, hit the shot and stay patient. Because the last thing you want to do is force an issue and then you make a bogey or you just hit a bad shot when you didn't need to.''
Molder was 7-under through just 10 holes, but cooled off down the stretch to settle for a 64. He missed the cut in his first two events this season and took last week off to ''just kind of reset.''
It worked for at least one day.
''I knew that I wasn't that far off, even though sometimes it feels a mile off, but it's not,'' Molder said. ''I just kind of was like, all right, how can we get our mindset right so that we can actually play some good golf.''