Rookie edges veterans at Sanderson Farms

Rookie wins in Mississippi

Rookie wins in Mississippi

Final Round — PGA Tour — Sanderson Farms Open Championship — Country Club of Jackson — Jackson, Mississippi —

Fresh off the Tour, Peter Malnati struck the jackpot in Jackson, Mississippi for his maiden tour victory securing the weather-delayed Sanderson Farms Championships.

Malnati (18-under) carded a 5-under-67 in the final round Monday — thanks for rain delays knocking out most of Saturday and Sunday. He edged William McGirt and 48-year-old David Toms by a shot.

Aaron Baddeley, Bryce Molder, Patton Kizzire and 36-hole leader Roberto Castro finished T-4 at 16-under. Castro, who opened 62-67, seemed most punished by the delays sliding back into the mix with a third-round 75.

Malnati opened the week at No. 350 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He quickly PGA TOURbecomes the tour’s 5th first-time winner of the 2015-2016 wrap-around season.

The PGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba where Charley Hoffman is the defending champion.

Other Golf news:

  • Jordan Spieth returned to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to Sunday’s T-7 finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.
  • The Race to Dubai’s Final Series continues this week in China at the BMW Masters. Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett are first and second in the standings with just two events remaining in the European Tour season.
  • Phil Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, slipped outside the Top 25
    Phil Mickelson current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Phil Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson current official PGA TOUR headshot
    (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Phil Mickelson

    in the world rankings for the first time since September 1995. The streak was the longest in the rankings’ history avoiding majorĀ injury and prolonged slumps for more than two decades. Willett and Kevin Kisner moved into the Top 25 knocking Phil out.

  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Lorena Ochoa Invitational this week in Mexico. It marks the season’s final regular-season event before the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.