Munoz adds to Els’ Presidents Cup Quandary

A good week for Cameron Percy

If the International Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els was concerned about just who he might include in his final picks for his side for Royal Melbourne in December prior to this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson in Mississippi, then his task became just that much harder with the victory by Colombian, Sebastian Munoz.

Not only did Munoz win his first PGA Tour title, but the second and third placed finishers in this week’s event, Sungjae Im and Ben An of Korea and  have also staked a claim for one of the four remaining positions in the International side to be selected in a few week’s time.

Munoz’s first hole playoff victory over Im will move him just outside the top 100 in the world but, given that the reason for the delay in final selection is to ensure the most in form golfers are included in the respective Presidents Cup sides, another good finish in the next few weeks could open to door for Munoz.

Munoz had also finished 7th at last week’s event in Greenbrier so he is finding form at just the right time after recently completing his first year on the PGA Tour.

Munoz holed an 18-footer for birdie at the last to force the playoff after Korea’s Im had reeled off a last round of 66 to take the clubhouse lead 20 minutes ahead of the final group.

An also birdied his final hole to move into outright third place, his finish ensuring that he too will be subject to Els scrutiny ahead of the final Presidents Cup selections.

Cameron Percy led the Australians this week, one of only two to make the cut in the early season PGA Tour event. Percy finished 11th after being very much in contention going into the final round.

His last day 71 cost him ground and money but it was his best PGA Tour finish in more than 12 months and his best finish anywhere since his 5th place finish at the Australian Open last year.

Cameron Davis, who, too, has only just regained his PGA Tour status, finished 28th.

 

 

 

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