The Six-Year Itch
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/22/13
Woody Austin, age 49, had last won on the PGA Tour in 2007 in Memphis. He had no status on the PGA Tour or tours coming into this season — he was not even listed on the official Tour rosters! Coming into this past weekend's PGA Tour stop in Madison, Mississippi, Austin had only played in three events this year, missing the cut at Pebble Beach, Memphis, and at the Greenbrier two weeks ago.

And then, Woody went down to Mississippi.

So he wasn't totally out of nowhere, about to win the Masters. His six-foot birdie putt was not the final shot of the tournament; Minnesota native Cameron Beckman burned the edge of the jar, handing the tournament, the $540,000 winner's check and, most importantly, the two-year PGA Tour exemption to Austin.

Nevertheless, this Minnesota-born-and-raised writer would also like to offer a virtual hat-tip to the Minnesota-born-and-raised Beckman, who won this tournament in 2001 and whose most recent PGA Tour victory was in 2010 in Puerto Rico. His 16-foot putt for birdie at the 72nd hole was both impressive and good enough to get him into a playoff. We're sure we'll see him in the winner's circle again soon.

Likewise, Daniel Summerhays (nephew of Bruce) won on the Nationwide Tour in 2007. For want of a playoff tee-shot that didn't leak too far to the right, Summerhays would have had a shot at victory, as well.

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[ comments ]
mustang6560 says:
I ran over to the SFC Saturday afternoon to see Davis Love III. It was cool to see the former Ryder Cup captain in person and I got a picture with him.
mmontisano says:
so glad that Woody isn't wearing those ugly Chiliwear shirts anymore....
Torleif Sorenson says:
Nathan, you lucky so-and-so...
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