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Continued: 49-year-old Austin wins Sanderson Farms in playoff; 8th-oldest champion in PGA Tour history

  • Article by: DAVID BRANDT , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 21, 2013 - 5:45 PM

Beckman, a 43-year-old, recovered from a 72 in the opening round to post a 64, 65 and 67 in the final three rounds. He was tied for the lead at various times Sunday. He drilled an impressive 15-foot birdie putt to force the playoff, but his 5-foot putt on the playoff hole missed to the right.

Billy Andrade charged up the leaderboard with a 65 to tie for fifth at 17 under. The 49-year-old started the day seven shots off the lead but climbed quickly by shooting 7 under through his first 11 holes. He finished with seven straight pars.

It was the first day of the tournament that didn't involve a weather delay. But there was plenty of heat and humidity — as well as some wind for the first time all week — as players dealt with a soft course that received more than an inch of rain overnight.

Austin managed it all and now has some decisions to make. He will turn 50 in six months, making him eligible for the Champions Tour. But Austin didn't sound like a guy ready to give up life on the PGA Tour.

"I've always told everybody I want to play out here," Austin said. "I'm one of those people who doesn't like a number. I don't like the idea that people say, 'Oh, you're 50 years old, you're not good enough to play anymore and need to go play with the old guys ... For the past five years, I've still felt that I have the ability to compete."

He proved it on Sunday.

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