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Sanderson Farms Championship 2017

Round 4 - Ryan Armour wins first PGA Tour title

October 30, 2017

Ryan Armour's final round at the Sanderson Farms Championship was downright boring, which was exactly the plan.

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The 41-year-old Armour earned his first PGA Tour win on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Chesson Hadley by five shots at the Country Club of Jackson.

Armour began the final round with a five-shot lead and was never seriously challenged. He won for the first time in 105 career starts, nailing fairway after fairway in bright sunshine and cool temperatures to avoid any drama.

''It's a big monkey off my back, I'm not going to lie,'' said Armour, who finished at 19 under for the tournament. ''There's a lot of emotions running through my head. Part of me wants to fly home immediately and see my wife and kids.

''And part of me wants to go hang out with the boys.''

Jonathan Randolph - a Jackson-area native playing on his home course - briefly made a charge with seven birdies over his first nine holes. That pushed him to 14 under, but Armour was able to maintain some separation thanks to three birdies on his first seven holes.

Randolph eventually cooled off and Armour methodically worked his way around the course with short, but straight drives. He had six birdies and two bogeys on Sunday and shot 68 or better in all four rounds.

At times, his drives would be 30 or 40 yards behind playing partners Hadley and Scott Strohmeyer, but his short game and putting were terrific.

''It's validation that you don't have to hit it 330 in the air to still win golf tournaments,'' Armour said. ''I hit a lot of fairways. I hit a lot of greens and made a lot of putts and somehow you still win.''

Hadley shot a 68. Randolph was third after shooting a 67 and finishing at 12 under. Smylie Kaufman, Brian Stuard and Strohmeyer - who was a Monday qualifier - tied for fourth at 10 under.

Armour's win bucks a trend at Sanderson Farms, which has been dominated over the past several years by the tour's younger golfers. Five of the previous six winners were in their 20s.

Armour is a career journeyman who first earned his PGA Tour card in 2007. He lost his card after the 2008 season and played in just one PGA Tour event from 2009 to 2014. In 2013, he didn't even qualify for the Web.com Tour, spending most of his time at home in Florida, hanging out with family and working on his game.

Now he's playing some of the best golf of his career.

''You've got to believe in something out here if you don't hit it 330,'' Armour said. ''I'm sticking to the fact that I hit fairways and greens.''

Armour navigated the course in a myriad of conditions throughout the tournament. It was warm and breezy during the first two rounds before a front came through Friday night, bringing rain and causing temperatures to drop dramatically for Saturday's third round.

It didn't matter for Armour, who handled every situation by finding fairways, staying out of trouble and knocking down a few long putts. He won $774,000, which now accounts for about a third of his career earnings on the PGA Tour. He also earned his PGA Tour card through the 2020 season.

''It's job security for a few years, which I've never really had out here,'' Armour said.

Round 3 - Ryan Armour moves five clear

October 29, 2017

Ryan Armour shot a 5-under 67 during a windy, chilly third round Saturday to take a five-stroke lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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Armour, who led by one after 36 holes, had eight birdies and three bogeys to move to 15 under 201. Chesson Hadley (68) was next at 10 under. Vaughn Taylor (70), Scott Strohmeyer (68), Beau Hossler (69), Ben Silverman (69), and Seamus Power (71) were tied for third another shot back at 207.

Armour, 41, is seeking his first PGA Tour title in his 105th Tour event.

After the first two rounds were played in sunshine and near-80 degree temperatures, it was in the low 50s on Saturday. Biting wings added to the chill factor - and the uncertainty on judging shots.

An Ohio native who now lives in Jupiter, Florida, Armour fought through the conditions to post the day's low round. He overcame bogeys on holes Nos. 5-7 with four straight birdies on the back nine, capped by a 57-foot putt on the most difficult hole on the course, the par-4 16th, to regain control.

While Armour was grinding out pars and birdies, his youngest son, Patrick, was celebrating his ninth birthday at home in Jupiter. Armour credited his family for improving his game.

''The kids have helped me become more disciplined,'' he said. ''Back coming out of college, you thought you could do everything. But now with kids who get up early, wanting to be part of their life, I want to have energy. I get to bed early and up early, and that's discipline that's helping me on the golf course.

''I'm happy where I'm at with my family, my caddy, my instructor. My parents are healthy finally, everything is falling into place.''

He's been at the top of his game all week, tied for the lead after the first round, and then alone at the top following the second round, which was delayed by rain that came late Friday and completed on Saturday morning.

Armour took just 26 putts and made eight birdies Saturday. He followed his bogey string by stuffing an 8-iron to 4 feet for birdie on No. 8, made a 21-footer from the fringe for birdie on No. 10, and then got on a roll - again on Nos. 13-16. That birdie binge marked the second straight round he had par on each of those holes.

Asked how he'll handle being in the final group on Sunday, the even-natured Armour said he'll do what he's done each day.

''Kind of stick with what you're doing,'' he said. ''You're not always going to be able to, but my strength is - obviously, I have figured this out, finally - driving it in the fairway, hitting it on the green, and trying to make putts. I don't overpower a golf course.''

Round 2 - Ryan Armour takes over lead

October 28, 2017

Ryan Armour and Tyrone Van Aswegen are threatening to break up the young men's monopoly at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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The 41-year-old Armour shot a 4-under 68 in Friday's second round to take a one-shot lead over Van Aswegen at the Country Club of Jackson.

Armour has never won on the PGA Tour and has only four top 10s in 104 career events. He made four straight birdies on the back nine and finished just before a wave of thunderstorms swept over the Country Club of Jackson and suspended play for the day.

There were 30 players still on the course when play ended. They'll finish their second rounds on Saturday in what's expected to be much colder weather. Armour, who grew up in Ohio, said he's used to playing in less than ideal conditions.

He's at 10-under 134.

''No matter if it's cold or hot, if the scores are going crazy, just give yourself as many opportunities as you can to be successful,'' Armour said.

Armour or Van Aswegen, 35, would be the oldest winner at Sanderson Farms since Woody Austin in 2013. Cody Gribble, Peter Malnati and Nick Taylor were all in their 20s when they won over the past three years. So were Scott Stallings, who won in 2012, and Chris Kirk in 2011.

Armour has been on the PGA Tour off and on since 2007, but never had consistent success, bouncing between the Web.com and PGA Tour. He didn't play in any PGA Tour events from 2011 and 2014 and didn't even qualify for the Web.com Tour in 2013.

He spent much of that time around his home course in Florida, catching up with family and making adjustments to his game.

''I knew if I was going to get back going, it had to happen then,'' Armour said.

He got his Web.com card back in 2014 and eventually made it back to the PGA Tour last season. He had to go to the Web.com Tour Finals to get his card back for this season and finished second in the first Finals event last month. Now he's brought that form to Mississippi.

Van Aswegen, winless in four years on the PGA Tour, shot the low round of the day, a 7-under 65. He tied for ninth at the Safeway Open earlier this month in Napa, California.

The South African started on the back nine and was 3-under before a double bogey on No. 16. He rebounded with seven birdies over his final 10 holes.

''I had to just make a decision to keep going,'' Van Aswegen said. ''If you don't do that, your round is toast. I was pretty happy to rebound after that. I had some luck along the way, too, so that was nice.''

Vaughn Taylor shot 66 and was two shots back, along with Seamus Power, who had two holes left to play in the second round on Saturday.

Dru Love, the son of Davis Love III who is playing on a sponsor's exemption, shot 67 and was four shots back. His father shot 72 and was likely to miss the cut.

Round 1 - Five share first round lead

October 27, 2017

Andrew Landry is back on the PGA Tour and off to a good start while trying to make the most of his second opportunity.

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Landry and J.J. Spaun are among five players who shot a 6-under 66 to share the lead after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 30-year-old Landry got off to a blazing start at the Country Club of Jackson, shooting 6-under through the first five holes after starting on No. 10. The highlight was on No. 14 when he made eagle from 110 yards on a gap wedge shot that bounced once and into the hole.

Landry finished in seventh place at the Safeway Open in Napa, California, earlier this month. He followed that up with Thursday's opening flourish that even he found a hard to believe.

''Oh, man, it's been a while,'' Landry said. ''I mean, I do it every now and then when I'm at my home course, but to do it in the tournament, it's been a long time.''

Spaun made seven birdies and one bogey. He's in his second year on the tour after having three top 10 finishes last season. The other co-leaders are Conrad Shindler, Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark. None of the five leaders have ever won on the PGA Tour.

Landry earned his way onto the PGA Tour in 2016 and finished 15th at the U.S. Open, but fell back to the Web.com Tour after an up-and-down season. He fought his way back by finishing fourth on the Web.com Tour last season and has kept the momentum.

''I've been out here and I know what to expect now,'' Landry said. ''Other guys, first-year guys, they don't really know what to expect.''

Smylie Kaufman and 2015 Sanderson Farms winner Peter Malnati are part of a group of four players who are one back after shooting a 67.

Kaufman might be the biggest name among the players at the top of the leaderboard. He had a big year in 2016 - winning the Shriners Hospital for Children Open - but struggled last season, finishing 141st in the FedExCup rankings. He said the difficult weeks helped him grow.

''I definitely learned a lot about the way I could fight, the way I could grind out rounds,'' Kaufman said. ''Even though I didn't have my best stuff, at times I was in contention going into the weekend last year.''

The tournament's defending champion Cody Gribble struggled with a 3-over 75. Dru Love shot a 1-under 71 to beat his father Davis Love III by one stroke. It's the first time in six events that the younger Love has posted a lower score than his dad.

Scores

1 USA Ryan Armour -19 - 66 68 67 68 269
2 USA Chesson Hadley -14 - 68 70 68 68 274
3 USA Jonathan Randolph -12 - 69 69 71 67 276
T4 USA Brian Stuard -10 - 67 70 71 70 278
T4 - Scott Strohmeyer -10 - 72 67 68 71 278
T4 USA Smylie Kaufman -10 - 67 72 71 68 278
T7 CAN Benjamin Silverman -9 - 68 70 69 72 279
T7 USA Jason Kokrak -9 - 69 70 73 67 279
T7 USA Nicholas Lindheim -9 - 70 67 72 70 279
T10 USA Beau Hossler -8 - 69 69 69 73 280
T10 USA Derek Fathauer -8 - 67 71 73 69 280
T10 USA Kevin Streelman -8 - 71 69 71 69 280
T10 USA Patton Kizzire -8 - 71 72 69 68 280
T10 USA Ricky Barnes -8 - 69 70 75 66 280
T10 USA Shawn Stefani -8 - 72 71 67 70 280
T10 USA Vaughn Taylor -8 - 70 66 71 73 280
17 USA Wyndham Clark -7 - 66 71 75 69 281
T18 USA Brandon Hagy -6 - 71 71 72 68 282
T18 USA Brian Gay -6 - 72 69 68 73 282
T18 USA Hunter Mahan -6 - 70 71 69 72 282
T18 USA Rob Oppenheim -6 - 70 71 70 71 282
T18 IRL Seamus Power -6 - 68 68 71 75 282
T18 USA Tom Lovelady -6 - 71 69 70 72 282
T18 USA Zac Blair -6 - 68 70 71 73 282
T25 USA Aaron Wise -5 - 68 74 70 71 283
T25 USA Austin Cook -5 - 72 67 70 74 283
T25 USA Billy Hurley III -5 - 72 68 69 74 283
T25 RSA Tyrone van Aswegen -5 - 70 65 74 74 283
T25 USA William McGirt -5 - 70 71 70 72 283
T30 AUS Aaron Baddeley -4 - 69 68 74 73 284
T30 USA Davis Love IV -4 - 71 67 72 74 284
T30 USA Ethan Tracy -4 - 70 71 70 73 284
T30 USA Talor Gooch -4 - 71 71 72 70 284
T34 USA Andrew Putnam -3 - 68 73 70 74 285
T34 ARG Angel Cabrera -3 - 70 72 74 69 285
T34 AUS Cameron Percy -3 - 69 74 71 71 285
T34 USA Chris Kirk -3 - 70 72 76 67 285
T34 USA Derek Ernst -3 - 72 70 74 69 285
T34 USA Eric Axley -3 - 68 71 72 74 285
T34 USA J. J. Spaun -3 - 66 75 71 73 285
T34 USA Johnson Wagner -3 - 69 70 71 75 285
T34 USA Peter Malnati -3 - 67 74 70 74 285
T43 USA Adam Schenk -2 - 71 72 71 72 286
T43 USA Ben Crane -2 - 70 71 72 73 286
T43 USA Brett Stegmaier -2 - 71 72 72 71 286
T43 USA Brice Garnett -2 - 72 71 71 72 286
T43 USA George McNeill -2 - 71 72 73 70 286
T43 USA Martin Piller -2 - 71 71 70 74 286
T43 USA Sam Burns -2 - 69 73 72 72 286
T43 USA Scott Stallings -2 - 71 71 74 70 286
T51 USA Joel Dahmen -1 - 70 70 73 74 287
T51 GER Stephan Jaeger -1 - 72 69 73 73 287
T53 USA Cameron Tringale Par - 71 72 70 75 288
T53 ENG David Skinns Par - 70 73 74 71 288
T53 USA J. T. Poston Par - 69 74 72 73 288
T53 USA Matthew Every Par - 74 69 74 71 288
T53 - Taylor Moore Par - 69 71 70 78 288
T53 USA Tim Herron Par - 73 66 73 76 288
T59 USA Andrew Landry 1 - 66 74 74 75 289
T59 USA Ben Martin 1 - 70 72 74 73 289
T59 USA Conrad Shindler 1 - 66 75 75 73 289
T59 CAN David Hearn 1 - 68 70 74 77 289
T59 USA Spencer Levin 1 - 69 70 76 74 289
T59 AUS Stuart Appleby 1 - 70 71 75 73 289
T65 CAN Corey Conners 2 - 72 71 74 73 290
T65 USA Matt Atkins 2 - 69 73 73 75 290
T65 USA Nicholas Thompson 2 - 71 71 74 74 290
T68 USA Abraham Ancer 3 - 70 71 73 77 291
T68 - Grady Brame Jr. 3 - 72 67 75 77 291
T68 AUS Greg Chalmers 3 - 69 71 76 75 291
71 USA Omar Uresti 4 - 72 69 75 76 292
T72 USA Daniel Summerhays 6 - 73 69 74 78 294
T72 ARG Fabian Gomez 6 - 71 72 77 74 294
T74 USA John Rollins 8 - 69 72 78 77 296
T74 USA Steve Wheatcroft 8 - 71 72 77 76 296
MDF USA J. J. Henry Par - 73 70 - - 143
CUT USA Blayne Barber Par - 76 68 - - 144
CUT KOR Charlie Wi Par - 75 69 - - 144
CUT USA Cody Gribble Par - 75 69 - - 144
CUT USA D. J. Trahan Par - 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Davis Love III Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT USA Dicky Pride Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT USA Jimmy Stanger Par - 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA Lanto Griffin Par - 70 74 - - 144
CUT AUS Matt Jones Par - 70 74 - - 144
CUT AUS Robert Allenby Par - 75 69 - - 144
CUT USA Tyler Duncan Par - 76 68 - - 144
CUT USA Denny McCarthy 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA Derek Bard 1 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT USA Jonathan Byrd 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ZIM Nyasha Mauchaza 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT RSA Retief Goosen 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA Ryan Blaum 1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT USA Sam Ryder 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Tommy Gainey 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Harris English 2 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT USA John Huh 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT USA Nate Lashley 2 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT SWE Richard S. Johnson 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT MEX Roberto Diaz 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT - Ben Wolcott 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ZIM Brendon de Jonge 3 - 77 70 - - 147
CUT USA Craig Barlow 3 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT USA Keith Mitchell 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT USA Mark Wilson 3 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT USA Troy Matteson 3 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT USA John Merrick 4 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT AUS Steven Bowditch 4 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT USA Ted Potter Jr. 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT USA Tom Hoge 4 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT USA Troy Merritt 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT USA Brendon Todd 5 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT USA Ken Duke 5 - 77 72 - - 149
CUT USA Kyle Thompson 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT - Philip Schmitt 5 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT USA Shaun Micheel 5 - 80 69 - - 149
CUT IND Arjun Atwal 6 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT ENG Brian Davis 6 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT USA Parker McLachlin 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT USA Andrew Yun 8 - 72 80 - - 152
CUT USA Brandon Harkins 8 - 74 78 - - 152
CUT USA Heath Slocum 8 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT USA Rick Lamb 8 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT USA Robert Garrigus 8 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT SWE Carl Pettersson 9 - 78 75 - - 153
CUT USA Richy Werenski 9 - 73 80 - - 153
CUT - Ross Bell 10 - 78 76 - - 154
DSQ GER Alex Cejka Par - 72 73 - - 145
DSQ AUS Mark Hensby Par - 78 - - - 78
RET USA Bronson Burgoon Par - 74 - - - 74
RET USA Jason Bohn Par - 73 - - - 73
RET USA Trey Mullinax Par - 73 - - - 73

 





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