Pro golfer Seb Straka just missed his second championship win on the PGA Tour. At the Sanderson Farms Championships in Jackson/Mississippi, the 29-year-old lost only in a playoff in the second overtime hole against Canadian Mackenzie Hughes. This secured the winning check for $1,260 million and 500 Fed Cup points. Straka’s win at the Honda Classic in Florida at the end of February remains the Austrian’s only PGA victory at the moment.
As with the $15 million St. Jude tournament in Memphis in mid-August, there was no happy ending for the Austrian chiefs in a “championship extension.” At the time he had lost with Will Xalatores against an American in the decision. The Vienna native can still book second place as a huge success.
After a solid performance over several days in the 72nd cycle, Straka was denied the crowning glory. On the first lap he started well in 14th and ended up in 3rd place on each of the following days. On the final day, Straka showed his nerve of steel and played his second best round with 67, five hits under par. He faced the Birds on the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th bogey on the 10th hole.
After his run, he was up front and headed to the driving range where Hughes was still out. The Canadian started poorly on the 18th hole, but managed to finish the match evenly and was on par with Straka.
This made it into the playoffs, as Straka narrowly missed a birdie hit on the first extra hole, the 18th. It should pay off. For the second time at the age of eighteen, Hughes came out on top, winning for the second time in his career at the PGA level. And in Jackson, he followed in the footsteps of American Sam Burns, who won the title there in 2021.
Styrian Mathias Schwab obviously missed the cut after the second round.
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