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Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic 2016

Round 3 - Miguel Angel Jimenez claims title with closing 64

April 4, 2016

Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by two strokes on Sunday.

Jimenez started the day in third place, three shots behind the leader Scott Dunlap. But the 52-year-old from Spain took control on the tournament's final day thanks to a bogey-free round that included four straight birdies from No. 10 to No. 13.

The decisive run on the back nine started on No. 10 when Jimenez made a 55-foot putt from the fringe.

It is Jimenez's third victory on the PGA Tour Champions in just 10 starts dating back to 2014. He was 14 under for the tournament at Fallen Oak.

Dunlap couldn't keep up with Jimenez, but finished in second place after shooting 69. Tom Pernice Jr., Jeff Maggert and Jerry Smith were five shots behind Jimenez to finish in a tie for third.

Jimenez started slowly this weekend at Fallen Oak, which was softened by heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. But he was nearly flawless late in the second round and during Sunday's final round, playing the final 30 holes of the tournament without a bogey.

Jimenez's 64 was the lowest final round in tournament history.

The tournament's defending champion, David Frost, finished at 5 over for the tournament in a tie for 41st place.

Round 2 - Scott Dunlap leads after long day

April 3, 2016

Scott Dunlap shot a 3-under 69 in the second round to take a two-shot lead at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Saturday.

It was a long day for the entire field, with all the players completing 36 holes. The first round was moved to Saturday after heavy rain wiped out play on Friday at Fallen Oak.

Dunlap pushed into the lead with a 66 in his morning round before turning around and shooting 69 in the afternoon. He is at 9 under for the tournament.

Jerry Smith is alone in second place at 7 under after shooting a 68 in the second round.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is three shots back in third place. Glen Day shot a 65 in the second round to push into contention and join three others who are four shots back.

Round 1 - Woody Austin feeling at home

April 2, 2016

Three years ago, Woody Austin earned his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison. He wouldn't mind returning to the winner's circle Sunday afternoon in his latest stop to the state.

Austin should be considered one of the contenders at this week's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. The tournament begins with 36 holes on Saturday after Friday's rainout, and concludes with 18 holes on Sunday.

His quick start to the 2016 season with the PGA Tour Champions is the reason why Austin won the Tour's last stop at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on March 18-20. His one-shot victory over Jim Carter vaulted him to fifth on the Tour money list this season.

Austin, who lives in Wichita, Kan., said he got off to a slow start in the season's first two events before everything came together in the desert last month.

"Living in Kansas (during the offseason), it takes a little while to get things going early in the year," he said. "The weekend before Tucson, I spent some time with my sons earlier that week at Pebble Beach (Calif.) and by the time that tournament rolled around, everything just clicked."

The key hole in the final round was the par-5 15th hole as Austin holed out for an eagle from a greenside bunker. That shot gave him a bit of a cushion as he bogeyed the par-4 final hole after his drive went left into the water.

What made the win in Tucson even more special was that his youngest son, Peyton, was his caddie that week.

"My oldest son (Parker) was supposed to caddy that week, but he got sick," Austin said. "For some reason, the pressure was just off that week. With me, it is just a matter of making enough putts (in order to win). That's what happened that week and I played really well coming on in."

Austin's win in 2013 in Madison was the fourth of his PGA Tour career. His previous wins were at the 1995 and 2004 Buick Opens in Michigan and the 2007 St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He said one reason for his success in tournaments in the South is the presence of Bermuda greens on many courses here. He was born in Tampa and played at the University of Miami.

"Being from Florida, I'm used to putting on those," he said. "But that's the way things go for me. "I played really well for four straight days up there. "I had a chance to win in regulation on 18 (the win came in a one-hole playoff with Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays), but I wasn't aggressive enough on that hole. I just played really well the entire week."

Austin got his first look at Fallen Oak this year during Thursday's pro-am and said it is one of his favorite courses on the Tour.

"It is one of the real good tests out here," he said. "It is one of the few courses we play that has a little bit of a bite to it. You don't have to worry about shooing a 66 out here in order to win."

Scores

1 2 Miguel Angel Jimenez -14 F -8 68 70 64 202
2 1 Scott Dunlap -12 F -3 66 69 69 204
T3 1 Tom Pernice Jr. -9 F -4 70 69 68 207
T3 1 Jeff Maggert -9 F -4 71 68 68 207
T3 1 Jerry Smith -9 F -2 69 68 70 207
T6 3 Bernhard Langer -7 F -4 71 70 68 209
T6 2 Glen Day -7 F -2 74 65 70 209
T8 9 Lee Janzen -6 F -5 71 72 67 210
T8 1 Jeff Sluman -6 F -3 73 68 69 210
10 6 Steve Lowery -5 F E 70 69 72 211
T11 2 Kenny Perry -4 F -2 73 69 70 212
T11 2 Scott Verplank -4 F -2 75 67 70 212
T11 3 Michael Allen -4 F E 75 65 72 212
T14 3 Gene Sauers -3 F -2 72 71 70 213
T14 1 Scott McCarron -3 F -1 71 71 71 213
T14 5 Tommy Armour III -3 F E 68 73 72 213
17 8 Corey Pavin -2 F +1 70 71 73 214
T18 6 Jesper Parnevik -1 F -2 70 75 70 215
T18 3 Brian Henninger -1 F -1 73 71 71 215
T18 1 Fred Funk -1 F E 74 69 72 215
T21 7 Patrick Burke E F -2 74 72 70 216
T21 7 Colin Montgomerie E F -2 77 69 70 216
T23 15 Duffy Waldorf +1 F -2 74 73 70 217
T23 5 Esteban Toledo +1 F -1 76 70 71 217
T23 1 Mike Goodes +1 F E 74 71 72 217
T26 12 Gibby Gilbert III +2 F -1 73 74 71 218
T26 2 Marco Dawson +2 F E 75 71 72 218
T26 9 Jeff Hart +2 F +3 70 73 75 218
T29 1 Peter Senior +3 F +1 78 68 73 219
T29 1 Wes Short, Jr. +3 F +1 76 70 73 219
T29 1 John Riegger +3 F +1 74 72 73 219
T29 1 Tom Byrum +3 F +1 74 72 73 219
T29 1 Jay Don Blake +3 F +1 72 74 73 219
T29 5 Jean-Francois Remesy +3 F +2 75 70 74 219
T29 8 Grant Waite +3 F +3 72 72 75 219
T29 16 Craig Parry +3 F +5 70 72 77 219
T37 1 Olin Browne +4 F* +1 72 75 73 220
T37 6 Paul Goydos +4 F* E 76 72 72 220
T37 11 Kevin Sutherland +4 F* -1 75 74 71 220
T37 16 Brad Faxon +4 F +4 75 69 76 220
T41 2 Joey Sindelar +5 F* +1 76 72 73 221
T41 13 Jim Carter +5 F +3 73 73 75 221
T41 17 David Frost +5 F +4 74 71 76 221
T41 7 Bart Bryant +5 F* E 76 73 72 221
T41 14 Rocco Mediate +5 F* -1 74 76 71 221
T46 8 Geoffrey Sisk +6 F* +3 73 74 75 222
T46 3 Todd Hamilton +6 F* +2 80 68 74 222
T46 3 Scott Parel +6 F* +2 73 75 74 222
T46 2 Billy Andrade +6 F* +1 76 73 73 222
T46 9 Willie Wood +6 F* E 74 76 72 222
T46 9 Jay Haas +6 F* E 75 75 72 222
T46 16 Gary Hallberg +6 F* -1 75 76 71 222
T53 10 Larry Nelson +7 F* +3 74 74 75 223
T53 5 Brandt Jobe +7 F* +2 75 74 74 223
T53 2 Loren Roberts +7 F* +1 75 75 73 223
T53 2 Woody Austin +7 F* +1 76 74 73 223
T53 9 Mike Springer +7 F* E 75 76 72 223
T58 10 Rod Spittle +8 F* +3 72 77 75 224
T58 3 Tim Thelen +8 F* +2 75 75 74 224
T58 4 David Eger +8 F* +1 76 75 73 224
T58 13 Carlos Franco +8 F* -2 76 78 70 224
T62 24 John Cook +9 F* +6 74 73 78 225
T62 14 Jose Coceres +9 F* +4 74 75 76 225
T62 - Doug Garwood +9 F* +2 74 77 74 225
T62 7 Roger Chapman +9 F* +1 80 72 73 225
T66 4 Joe Durant +10 F* +3 77 74 75 226
T66 4 Kirk Triplett +10 F* +1 78 75 73 226
T68 13 Mike Grob +11 F* +5 74 76 77 227
T68 6 Steve Pate +11 F* +4 76 75 76 227
T68 4 Bob Tway +11 F* E 81 74 72 227
T71 9 Dan Forsman +12 F* +5 78 73 77 228
T71 1 Scott Hoch +12 F* +1 80 75 73 228
T71 4 Steen Tinning +12 F* -1 78 79 71 228
T74 1 Mark Brooks +13 F* E 76 81 72 229
T74 4 Bob Gilder +13 F* -1 80 78 71 229
76 3 Stan Utley +18 F* +3 77 82 75 234
77 2 Blaine McCallister +19 F* +6 80 77 78 235
78 6 Jim Thorpe +20 F* +9 77 78 81 236

 





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