Munoz pulls out play-off win at Sanderson Farms

LOS ANGELES: Sebastian Munoz parred the first play-off hole on Sunday at the Sanderson Farms Championship to beat Im Sung-jae and earn his first US PGA Tour victory.
Munoz birdied the last hole in regulation to force the play-off, then returned to 18, where he rolled in a four-foot putt to pull out the victory over the 2019 tour rookie of the year.
“I am speechless. This is crazy,” said Munoz, who becomes just the second Colombian to win on the tour, joining Camilo Villegas.
“The putts weren’t going in but I just stayed confident. It was awesome.”
The 26-year-old Munoz fired a closing round of two-under par 70 for an 18-under 270 total to tie Im, who closed with a 66 on Sunday at The Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi.
Im’s South Korean compatriot An Byeong-hun finished in third, one shot back of the leaders, after a 69 in the fourth round.
Munoz’s three prior professional wins have all come in Colombia — including the 2016 Colombia Championship on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour. He was coming off a tie for seventh at The Greenbrier last week.
Munoz, who started the fourth round with a one-shot lead, becomes the seventh first-time tour winner of this event in the past eight years.
The last time Munoz had a 54-hole lead he finished tied for third at The Greenbrier in 2017.
On the play-offhole, both players landed in the rough, on either side of the fairway off the tee. Hitting out of the left-side rough, Im flew his second shot over the flag stick and into the grandstand. That opened the door for Munoz, who had found the right rough off the tee. But Munoz left his 166-yard second shot well short of the green.
Munoz then made a nice chip to four feet and claimed the victory after Im missed badly from six feet on his first putt.
Munoz had birdies in regulation on three, 11 and 18 and a bogey on 15. He forced the play-off by making a slow roller from 15 feet over an uphill slope.
“We decided on a line and tried to make it as simple as we could,” he said of the clutch putt. Munoz is the second South American in as many weeks to win after Chile’s Joaquin Niemann captured his first title by six shots at The Greenbrier. — AFP