It took two immense golf shots from one of the best ball-strikers of his generation for Sergio Garcia to down Peter Malnati by one at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday. Garcia’s 67 took the day after he played his final five holes in 3 under par and earned his first win in just over a year.
The entire afternoon was an unexpected thrill ride on a lazy fall afternoon. Malnati shot a wild 63 early in the day — gaining over 5 strokes putting on the field — to post at 18 under, and that left the rest of the leaders out there to chase him down. He openly wondered after his round whether 18 under would hold up, but it became clear as the day wore on that it would take a pretty special tee-to-green performance to best it.
He may have gotten all the attention this week for putting with his eyes…