86 golfers battled it out for 4 Sanderson spots in the Open Qualifier. Backel found himself in a eight-man playoff with Steve Marino, Matt Harmon, Brad Elder, Len Mattice, Jay Woodson, Shane Bertsch, and Smylie Kaufman for the final spot. He birdied the 10th hole and parred the 11th to win the playoff.
He will make his PGA Tour debut on Thursday. Madison Central head golf coach Todd Beach will serve as Backel's caddy.
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