Sep 22nd, 2019
Sanderson Farms Championship
Another winner from Latin America
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The Sanderson Farms Championship from the Country Club of Jackson delivered another first-time winner when Sebastian Munoz saw off 2019 Rookie of the Year, Sungjae Im, on the first hole of a playoff. It was the Columbian’s first tour victory and follows the win by Joaquin Niemann of Chile at last week’s win at the A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.
Munoz himself had held the 54-hole lead at The Greenbrier two years ago but shot two over in the final round, as Xander Schauffele grabbed the headlines with his first win.
It was not a straightforward win for Munoz as he scrambled all day but lost the lead when he bogied the short par four 15th. Standing on the 18th tee Munoz trailed by one but a huge drive followed by an approach to fifteen feet set up the chance of forcing a play-off. The Columbian converted his birdie putt and joined Im for the extra holes shoot out.
Both players missed the green at the first extra hole but Munoz chipped to four feet and holed for par. Im failed to get up and down and the title belonged to Munoz.
Munoz only made three bogeys all week despite hitting only half of the fairways during the week. His putting stats made very impressive reading including holing twenty-one out of twenty-nine birdie putts of fifteen feet or less. He now heads the FedEx Cup rankings – yes the race has begun!
Sungjae Im’s countryman Byeong-Hun An had a final round 69 to secure third place on his own one behind the leaders at seventeen under par.
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And another thing....