Los Angeles - Peter Malnati fired a
five-under-par 67 to snatch the first victory of his career, triumphing by one
stroke to claim the weather-disrupted Sanderson Farms Championship on Monday.
After a front nine which included four
birdies and two bogeys, Malnati produced an error-free performance down the
stretch, reeling off three birdies and no bogeys, to finish clear of David Toms
and William McGirt in second.
Victory completed a dream return to the PGA
Tour for Malnati, who played on the junior Web.com Tour last season after
finishing 178th in the Fedex points list in 2014.
Malnati, who returned to the PGA Tour after
finishing fourth on the Web.com money list, said he finally felt like he belonged
on the tour.
"This year I don't feel like I'm out
here as a surprise," Malnati said after his win, which left him with an
18-under-par four-round aggregate of 270.
"I feel like I'm out here and I belong
to be out here. Two years ago I was just so wrapped up in being on the Tour and
enjoying it all. This year it feels like business."
It was a disappointing finish for overnight
leader Roberto Castro. Castro had started the day one shot clear of the field
after seeing a healthy lead evaporate with a three-over-par 75 on Sunday.
Castro, who had shot a 10-under-par 62 on
the opening day, was unable to overhaul Malnati, firing a final round 68 to
finish two shots off the lead on 272.
Four other players - Aaron Baddeley, Patton
Kizzire, Bryce Molder and Jhonattan Vegas - were also on 272.
The tournament finished on Monday after
heavy rain and lighting lashed the course on Friday and Saturday, forcing
several lengthy delays.
Leading final-round scores on Monday in the US PGA Tour Sanderson
Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi (USA unless noted, par-72):
270 - Peter Malnati 69-66-68-67
271 - William McGirt 71-66-66-68, David Toms 67-69-66-69
- Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 64-73-67-68, Patton Kizzire 67-69-66-70, Roberto
Castro 62-67-75-68, Bryce Molder 64-69-70-69, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)
273 - Brice Garnett 68-68-68-69
274 - Andrew Loupe 66-71-70-67, D.J. Trahan 67-67-69-71
275 - Tyler Aldridge 71-67-68-69, Martin Flores 67-72-67-69, Jason Kokrak 69-71-71-64
- Cameron Percy (AUS) 68-70-68-70, Michael Putnam 69-70-70-67, Johnson
Wagner 69-69-69-69, Brett Stegmaier 68-69-70-69, Gonzalo
Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 69-72-67-68