How Sebastián Muñoz won the Sanderson Farms Championship

As Sebastián Muñoz stood over his birdie putt on the 18th green in the last hole of regulation, it was make or break time for the Colombian.

Sink the putt and force a sudden-death playoff with Sungjae Im. Or miss it and settle for second place.

Muñoz did exactly what he had to do, dropping the 14-foot putt, sending Im and himself into a repeat of the 18th hole – the first PGA TOUR playoff in 39 events.

“It was amazing,” Muñoz said. “Place erupted… I teared up a little bit.”

In the playoff, a lot was at stake: a first careet win on the Tour, money winnings of more than $1 million and an invite to the Masters.

Both golfers sent their playoff tee shots into the rough on either side of the fairway, with wayward shots on their second strokes as well. Im sent his beyond the green into the rough, landing just shy of the back wall surroudning the bottom of the grandstands. Muñoz didn’t fair much better, dropping his shot short into the bunker leading up to the green.

A precisely placed chip shot form the bunker and another clutch putt was all Muñoz needed to make par on the hold and clinch the victory, as the crowd surrounding the 18th hold erupterd in congratulatory applause, celebrating the Tour’s newest champion.

“I’m so thrilled to be here and be the champion,” Muñoz said. “Always will have a special conneciton to Jackson, Mississippi, because this was the first event I ever played as a PGA TOUR member back in 2016. It’s just one of those places that I’ll just cherish and this moment just adds onto that. I’ll always be grateful to this city and whatever it got me.”

Story by: David Morgan

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