Munoz Beats Im in Sanderson Farms Playoff

Sebastian Munoz of Colombia didn’t finish the Sanderson Farms Championship like a guy who had never won on the PGA Tour.

The 26-year-old Munoz sank a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and made four-footer for par on the first playoff hole to turn back Sungjae Im of South Korea at Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Miss.

“I just decided on my line and decided to trust it and just hit the putt,” Munoz, who won three times on other tours, said of putt that forced the playoff. “I didn’t make a lot of putts today, but when I made that one this place erupted.

“I played well again today and just tried to keep my confidence up when the putts didn’t go in. Winning before (as a pro) made me believe that I could do it here, but this is amazing and I am just speechless.”

Munoz, who shot 63 in the third round to take one-stroke lead, made only three birdies and a bogey in his closing 70 that to tie Im, who was the leader in the clubhouse after shooting 66 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270.

Im, the 2018-19 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year who also was seeking his first victory on the circuit after winning twice on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018, collected five birdies on the front nine and three in a row through No. 16 during his round.

However, on the playoff hole, he hit his approach shot over the green and later missed a six-foot putt for par and Munoz hoisted the Reveille the Rooster trophy.

Byeong Hun An of South Korea, made two late birdies in a 69 that left him one stroke back in third, while Kevin Streelman had nine birdies in a 64 and was another shot down in a tie for fourth with Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, who finished at 71.

Bronson Burgoon birdied five of the first eight holes en route to a 65 and wound up three strokes behind in a tie for sixth with Dylan Frittelli of South Africa, who had a 66, and George McNeil, Harris English and Dominic Bozzelli, who all came in at 69.

Two-time major champion Zach Johnson closed with a 69 to tie for 14th, while defending champion Cameron Champ of Sacramento and 2012 winner Scott Stallings both shot 70 to finish in a tie for 28th.

Peter Malnati, the 2016 Sanderson Farms winner, tied for 45th after a 72, while 2010 champ Bill Hass stumbled to a 73 and finished in a tie for 54th that included Joaquin Niemann of Chile, who came in at 70 a week after claiming his first PGA Tour title in A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.

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