South America and Colombia native Sebastian Munoz won a playoff over Sungjae Im to claim his first PGA Tour win at the Sanderson Farms Golf Tournament held this week at the Jackson Country Club. Munoz birdied the 18thhole to tie Im and force a one-hole playoff. He then won the playoff hole on the 18thhole with a save par.
Munoz, besides winning over $1,118,000 million dollars, won an invite to the 2020 Masters Golf Tournament held in Augusta, Georgia. Sanderson Farm’s total purse was $6.6 million, by far the largest ever for this tournament that began as the Magnolia in Hattiesburg back in 1968.
Hattiesburg native Davis Riley finished 39thoverall in the SFC as he shot 69, 72, 71 and a final round of 69. The former University of Alabama golfer, who just turned pro this year and needed a sponsor exemption, was -7 for the tournament.
Former Ole Miss and 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf champion Braden Thornsberry failed to make the cut on Saturday at 3-under par, shooting a 70 and 73 over his two rounds.
Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill rushed for 120 yards and scored three times in leading the Bulldogs over Kentucky, 28-13, in Starkville. It was Hill’s fourth straight 100-yard rushing game of the season. Another bright spot on the offense was freshman quarterback Garrett Shrader, who made two crucial third down plays that sparked the offense. He ran for 49 yards on a third down play and on the other passed 26 yards to set up a score late in the game. This week the offensive unit will be tested as they go against a fierce defensive front in Auburn.
Southern Mississippi (2-2) had three failed scoring opportunities early in the game at Alabama that led to a 49-7 loss. USM failed to stop the Crimson Tide’s offense that rolled up 514 yards. Wide receiver Henry Rugg and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa were a deadly combination. This week’s chances will be better as UT-El Paso visits the Rock. The Eagles should be a double-digit favorite. Hopefully, this game will allow the Golden Eagles to work on their run game against a (1-2) Miners team at 6 p.m. at the Rock.
What can you say about the Ole Miss game? The Rebels had several scoring chances early that they did not take advantage of, but in the end they came up inches short. The Rebels drove from their own 10-yard line in the final 2:45 of the game behind the play of backup true freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee of Oak Grove. He hit on all seven of his passes on the drive, but in the end his last pass to Elijah Moore came up inches short, according to officials. My view is that the PAC 12 officials should have looked at the play on replay. They didn’t and Ole Miss failed to score on a Plumlee sneak on the game’s final play. This week Ole Miss (2-2) travels to Alabama for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
In other state college football, Delta State, Mississippi College, Millsaps and Alcorn all won. Belhaven and Valley fell while Jackson State was open. This week’s big game is Valley at Alcorn.
Odds & Ends
The Saints playing without Drew Brees went to Seattle and upset the Seahawks, 33-27, to improve to 2-1.
Former Ole Miss tight end Dawson Knox helped lead undefeated Buffalo to a 21-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. On the game winning scoring drive, the Bills drove 78 yards and Knox highlighted it with a 49-yard pass play in which he stiff-armed a Bengals defensive back and ran over another. He scored a touchdown earlier in the game.
Two tragic deaths this week brought sad news as former Ole Miss Rebels Jevan Snead and Vernon Studdard passed.
Dale has been writing sports in Mississippi since 1973.