2016 Sanderson Farms Championship
(The fourth of 43 events in the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season)
Jackson, Miss. October 27-30, 2016 FedExCup Points: 300/winner
CC of Jackson Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,421 Purse: $4,200,000 ($756,000/winner)
Third-Round Notes – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Weather: Sunny, with a high of 87. Wind S 5-10 mph.
Chris Kirk 67-70-65—202 (-14)
Luke List 71-66-65—
After reeling off five straight birdies in round two on his way to a 6-under 66, Seattle native Luke List made seven birdies and no bogeys in round three of his third start at the Sanderson Farms Championship to post a 65.
List has now played his last 27 holes without a bogey.
Before this week, List has never been higher than T9 after 54 holes.
Since 1990 – when the Sanderson Farms Championship was neither cancelled nor condensed in rounds, the 54-hole leader has held on for the win 10 times, though not since Scott Stallings in 2012 has that happened.
List posted four rounds of par-or-better at the Country Club of Jackson to finish T28 last season, but missed the cut in his first start in the event at Anndndale Golf Club in 2013.
List makes his return to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 122nd-place showing in the 2015-16 FedExCup standings.
List, who first joined the PGA TOUR in 2013, collected a pair of top-10 finishes last season on TOUR, highlighted by his career-best finish of T6 at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
List is the winner of one event on the Web.com Tour, the 2012 South Georgia Classic.
The 31-year-old List is making his 64th career start on the PGA TOUR and is coming off a T26 finish at the Safeway Open two weeks ago. Today’s 65 marked his seventh consecutive sub-par score on TOUR.
2011 Sanderson Farms Champion Chris Kirk made five birdies on his outgoing nine in round three en route to a 7-under 65 to get to 14-under 202. His lone bogey of the day came at the par-5 sixth hole.
Since its 1986 inception, only two players have won the Sanderson Farms Championship more than once; Brian Henninger (1994, 1999) and Fred Funk (1998, 2004).
This marks Kirk’s fifth time to take a lead/co-lead after 54 holes on the PGA TOUR. He converted for the win the first two times at the 2011 Sanderson Farms Championship and 2013 RSM Classic. Most recently, he finished T13 after having the outright 54-hole lead at the 2015 PLAYERS Championship.
After hitting 9 of 14 fairways in regulation in rounds one and two, Krik found just seven of 14 in round three Saturday.
In addition to his 2011 victory, Kirk played in the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2007 (MC), 2012 (T10) and 2013 (T9). His last 15 rounds in the Sanderson Farms Championship have now all been with sub-par scores.
With top-10 finishes in his last two starts at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Kirk is playing at the Country Club of Jackson for the first time this week.
Kirk is coming off a T8 finish in his last start at the Safeway Open two weeks ago. A top-10 finish this week would mark just the second time in his career to post back-to-back top-10 showings. Interestingly, he first did it at the 2012 Sanderson Farms Championship (T10) and the following week’s RBC Canadian Open (T4).
Kirk is in search of his fifth career PGA TOUR this week. After his maiden victory in Mississippi, he won the 2013 RSM Classic, 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship and 2015 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. A win this week would be his fourth in as many calendar years.
Kirk’s 54th-place finish on the 2015-16 FedExCup points list marked his lowest position in history. His best showing was second in the 2013-14 season.
Clemson grad Lucas Glover posted a 4-under 68 in round three to get to 13-under 203 and is just a stroke back headed into the final round.
Glover is in search of his 38th career top-10 finish and first since finishing eighth at the Wells Fargo Championship last season.
Glover is making his fourth start in the Sanderson Farms Championship this week. He most recently finished T22 in 2014 and T39 last year, which were the first two years of having relocated to the Country Club of Jackson. In his first start, he finished T26 in 2004 at Annandale Golf Club.
Glover has claimed three wins on the PGA TOUR; 2005 FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort, 2009 U.S. Open and 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.
Making his third start in the Sanderson Farms Championship, Canada’s Graham DeLaet reeled off four straight birdies on his inward nine (Nos. 13-16) before posting a 4-under 68 to get to 13-under 203 and within one stroke of the lead.
Citing “anxiety” with his chipping and pitching, DeLaet withdrew from this past season’s Memorial Tournament. He did not make another start for five weeks. In his second start back at the Barbasol Championship in Alabama, he closed with an 8-under 63 to finish T8.
Despite the layoff, DeLaet made it to the FedExCup Playoffs last season, for the fifth consecutive season. He ended the season ranked 120th in the FedExCup standings.
DeLaet, who has finished three times, remains in search of his first career PGA TOUR win this week in his 150th start.
Despite a 1-over 73 in round one, PGA TOUR rookie Cody Gribble finds himself just a stroke off the lead following scores of 63-67 in rounds two and three, respectively. He is at 13-under 203 and just a stroke back.
Gribble made his way to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 40th-place finish on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list.
PGA TOUR rookie and 36-hole leader Grayson Murray suffered a costly double-bogey six at the 15th hole to post an even-par 72. At 12-under 204, he will begin the final round two strokes back.
Following rounds of 71-70-71—212 (-4), defending champion Peter Malnati will head into the final round 10 strokes back.
In his seventh start in the Sanderson Farms Championship, University of Mississippi’s Jonathan Randolph struggled in round three, posting a 4-over 76. He is at 2-under 214. Randolph has now made five cuts in the event, with his best finish being a T14 in 2013 at Annandale Golf Club.
Six former Sanderson Farms Championship winners made starts this week, with three making the cut: Peter Malnati/2015 (-4/T51), Nick Taylor/2014 (-11/T10) and Chris Kirk/2011 (-14/T1). Scott Stallings (2012), D.J. Trahan (2006) and Heath Slocum (2005) each the cut.
R1: Eric Axley (69), Lucas Glover (66), Mackenzie Hughes (68), Stephen Jaeger (70), Trey Mullinax (65), Seamus Power (65), Dicky Pride (66).
R2: Stuart Appleby (66), Craig Barlow (69), Jason Bohn (68), Martin Flores (69), Andres Gonzales (67), Cody Gribble (63), Troy Merritt (67), Michael Putnam (69).
R3: Ryan Brehm (68), Whee Kim (65), Luke List (65), Troy Merritt (69), Sebastian Munoz (69)
Scoring averages at the Country Club of Jackson:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 35.303 35.197 70.500
R2: 35.152 36.273 71.424 70.962
R3: 35.421 35.461 70.882 70.935