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By : BGA Proshop
Another tour rookie Sebastian Munoz secured his maiden win by claiming victory at the Sanderson Farms at the Country Club of Jackson on Sunday in Jackson, Miss.
Holding onto one shot lead over night Munoz was clinging to his lead all day but a few groups in front, last year’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Sungjae Im was making his charge. After dropping a shot on the 12th, Im reeled off three straight birdies to get himself back into contention and over took the lead from Munoz who had dropped a shot on his 15th hole. Im went on to par both the 17th and 18th to take the club house lead by one shot and had to wait for Munoz to come in being two holes behind.
Munoz standing on the 18th hole one shot back knew he needed to birdie the last to take the tournament to a playoff and when he knocked his second inside 15 feet knew he had a chance. Facing the biggest putt of his life he calmly stood up and holed the putt to force a playoff with Im.
In the playoff both players missed the fairway which then in turn both missed the green. It now became an up and down contest and when Im failed to hole an 8 foot putt it was up to Munoz to hole a 5 foot putt for par which he once again calmly rolled in.
“I never thought I was going to be a PGA TOUR player,” Munoz said. “It wasn’t even an option.”
Munoz can thank last week’s winner Joaquin Niemann who won the season-opening A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. As they flew to Mississippi together, Munoz quizzed Niemann about his final round as he reeled off 6 birdies on his back nine to claim his maiden PGA Tour victory. Watching and talking to Niemann gave Munoz the confidence that he could do the same and was in contention himself after the 3rd round.
“Him winning last week was the last piece of the puzzle that I needed to know that we’re good enough to compete, that we’re PGA TOUR members and we play to win,” Munoz said.
“Fortune favors the bold,” Munoz said. “I believed in myself and pulled the shot off.”
The Tour heads to Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif., for the Safeway Open. Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari and Adam Scott headline the field.