Malnati wins PGA Tour event by one stroke over Toms, McGirt

Mon Nov 9, 2015 5:45pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Peter Malnati churned through the Mississippi mud to clinch a one-stroke victory at the $4.1 million Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson on Monday.

In his 22nd start on the PGA Tour, Malnati sank a three-foot par putt at the last to card 67 and finish at 18-under 270, edging fellow Americans David Toms (69) and William McGirt (68) at the soggy Country Club of Jackson.

The PGA Tour sophomore, 28, became the fifth winner in as many tournaments in the new 2015-16 PGA Tour season, joining Emiliano Grillo (Frys.com Open), Smylie Kaufman (Las Vegas), Justin Thomas (CIMB Classic) and Russell Knox (WGC-HSBC Champions).

Knox, at 30, is the oldest of the quintet.

Malnati said he had not been mentally ready for his first season on tour in 2014-15, but returned this time better prepared.

"Two years ago when I was on this tour, it was so hard for me to be in the moment," he told Golf Channel.

"I knew the work I’ve put in would prepare me for this moment when it came. This is pretty cool right now."

Torrential rain earlier in the week sent the event to a Monday finish on the saturated course, where preferred lies were allowed.

A dozen or so players looked capable of winning at one stage or another during the final round, but none rued what might have been more than joint runner-up McGirt, who agonizingly missed a 30-foot birdie putt at the last that would have forced a playoff.   Continued...

 
Nov 8, 2015; Jackson, MS, USA; Peter Malnati putts the ball on the first green during the fourth day of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports