Gribble announces arrival with Sanderson Farms victory


Rookie Cody Gribble birdied three of his last four holes to claim his maiden PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

With most of the Tour's best players competing in China where Hideki Matsuyama won by seven shots, Gribble announced his presence with a dominant four-stroke win in Jackson, Mississippi on Sunday.

The 26-year-old American carded a flawless final-round 65 to finish the tournament 20 under at the Country Club of Jackson.

After an impressive season on the Tour, Gribble earned his PGA Tour card for the 2016-17 campaign and he has already taken advantage of the opportunity by finishing tied for eighth at the Safeway Open and winning his first event this week.

Gribble struggled out of the gates this week, opening with a one-over 73 in, but he responded with a nine-under par 63 in the second round and closed out the week with a seven under, which featured seven birdies in a bogey-free display.

Greg Owen (68), Luke List (70) and Chris Kirk (70) tied for second at 16 under.

Kirk and List started the fourth round tied for the lead, but they could not keep up with Gribble's torrid pace.

A shot further back was Xander Schauffele (66), along with Hiroshi Iwata (68) and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover (70).

Noh Seung-yul (68), Grayson Murray (71) and Graham DeLaet (72) finished tied for eighth at 13 under, while last year's winner Peter Malnati (75) was 19 shots off the pace.