2014 Sanderson Farms Championship (The 6th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season), Jackson, Miss., November 6-9, 2014; FedExCup Pts: 300 to the winner; Country Club of Jackson, Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,354; Purse: $4,000,000 ($720,000) – PARTIAL First-Round Notes – Thursday, November 6

Weather: Cloudy in the morning, turning mostly sunny. High of 70 degrees. Winds NNW 10-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

Due to darkness, the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship was suspended for the night at 4:57 p.m. with 15 players still on the course. Those players will be back in position at 7:40 a.m. Friday to complete their round. The second round will begin as scheduled at 6:45 a.m.

PARTIAL First-round leaderboard

Sebastian Cappelen 65 (-7)

Scott Pinckney 67 (-5)

Robert Streb 67 (-5)

Nick Taylor 67 (-5)

Sebastian Cappelen

Despite a bogey at his first hole of the day, No. 10, Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen rallied with eight birdies to open with a 7-under 65 in his first-ever PGA TOUR start.

Playing on a sponsor exemption this week, Cappelen won the Air Capital Classic in June on the Web.com Tour in Wichita, Kan. as a Monday qualifier. The start marked his debut as a professional.

Cappelen was 25th on the Web.com Tour’s money list heading to the final Regular Season event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open. Following an opening-round, 3-under 68, Cappelen posted a 78 in round two to miss the cut. As a result, he ended up 26th in earnings, $1,463 behind No. 25 Kyle Reifers. The top-25 finishers in earnings automatically qualified for the PGA TOUR.

Following the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals, Cappelen finished 53rd in the money standings, thus giving him no status on the PGA TOUR.

With his victory in Kansas, the University of Arkansas All-American became the first player from Denmark to win on the Web.com Tour.

Robert Streb

Two weeks removed from his first career PGA TOUR win at The McGladrey Classic, Robert Streb made six birdies and just one bogey (No.18) en route to a 5-under 67 in round one. Streb defeated Brendon de Jonge and Will MacKenzie in a two-hole playoff in Sea Island.

Streb did not compete in last week’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Following rounds of 71-73 last year at Annandale GC, the 2009 Kansas State grad missed the cut in his only other start in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Streb is making his fourth start of the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR Season this week. A week prior to his win in Sea Island, Ga,, he finished T10 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He began the season with T31 honors at the Frys.com Open. His two top-10 finishes in three starts so far this season matches his total number of top-10s in 21 starts last season.

In the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season, Streb finished 71st in the FedExCup standings.

In round one, Streb hit 10/14 fairways (71.4 percent) and 15/18 greens (83.3 percent).

First-Round Lead Notes

Through five events so far this season, the only first-round leader to hang on for the win has been Sang-Moon Bae at the Frys.com Open.

First-round leaders at the Sanderson Farms Championship since 2000 who’ve held on for the win: Bill Haas (2010), D.J. Trahan (2006), John Huston (2003) and Steve Lowery (2000).

Nick Taylor

PGA TOUR rookie Nick Taylor made five birdies and no bogeys in the first round to get within two of the lead.

Making his fourth start of the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR Season, and 13th overall, the Winniepg, Canada native comes to the TOUR this year by virtue of his 37th-place finish on the Web.com Tour priority list.

Of his three previous starts this season, Taylor’s best finish is T56 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Scott Pinckney

Scott Pinckney made seven birdies and two bogeys en route to a 5-under 67, matching that of fellow PGA TOUR rookie Nick Taylor.

The 2011 Arizona State University grad made his way to the PGA TOUR this season following a 27th-place finish on the 2014 Web.com Tour priority list.

Pinckney is making his fourth start on TOUR this season, and sixth overall. His best finish so far this season is a T31 at the season-opening Frys.com Open.

David Duval

David Duval has won 13 times on the PGA TOUR, but his last win came 13 years ago.

Duval opened with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 in his seventh start at the Sanderson Farms Championship and first since 2010.

Duval’s 4-under 68 was his first bogey-free score since opening with a 4-under 68 at the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ensuing rounds of 69-70-73 at TPC Louisiana resulted in T25 honors.

Duval remains in search of his first top-10 finish since taking T9 honors at the 2011 Northern Trust Open.

Miscellaneous

During today’s first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, Roger Sloan recorded an ace on the 180-yard 4th hole, using a 6-iron. As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Quicken Loans will award one year’s worth of mortgage payments to Walter Malkowski from Westland, Michigan to commemorate the ace. The Quicken Loans’ Hole-In-One Sweepstakes awards one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected entrant for every ace during official PGA TOUR events for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year. Fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting www.pgatour.com/quickenloans.

Former Mississippi State golfer and PGA TOUR rookie Carlos Sainz, Jr. opened with a 2-under 70, while former Ole Miss golfer and TOUR rookie Jonathan Randolph posted a 1-under 71.

Seven players have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first win on TOUR: Chris Kirk (2011), DJ Trahan (2006), Luke Donald (2002), Cameron Beckman (2001), Willie Wood (1996), Ed Dougherty (1995) and Brian Henninger (1994).

There are four former Sanderson Farms Championship winners are in the field: Woody Austin/2013 (70), Chad Campbell/2007 (73), Heath Slocum/2005 (69) and Cameron Beckman/2001 (75).

Since its 1986 inception, only two players have won the Sanderson Farms Championship more than once; Brian Henninger (1994, 1999) and Fred Funk (1998, 2004).

Source: PGA TOUR

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