Sebastian Munoz becomes the first player on the PGA Tour with two rounds of 60 in the same season at Byron Nelson

McKinney, Texas – Sebastian Munoz He was standing in the middle of the fairway on the 18th hole thinking about his shot at 59 in the first round by Byron Nelson. After his absence from the Green, he became the first player in PGA Tour history with two rounds of 60 in the same season.

Munoz fired a fine shot off the right flank of the green, then pitted a 12-foot-high jumper to wrap up his 12-foot run that included an impressive climb after his lone bogey.

“I mean, I wanted to give myself a chance… it was 250 [yards] To the pin in the wind. “I kind of wanted to hit like a bullet, like a little tie,” Munoz said. I tried to do that. I got over it and ended up with a score of 60, which is really good here.”

Good to go 4 games over the defending champion KH LeeAnd Mito PereiraAnd Peter Malnate And Justin Lauer. Kyle Wilshirea Monday qualifier, starting his third career on the PGA Tour, was a lone sixth after 65 that included a close-in hole in one when he hit the mast with his jersey at 230 yards, 3-bar.

Lee won the 2021 Nelson Grand Prix at 25 below par when he was under 65. And he played in the same group on Thursday with Scotty Scheffler And Jordan Spieththe main champions are from Dallas whose first events on the PGA Tour were in Nelson’s teens when he was still at the TPC Four Seasons.

Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, and Spith both hit 67. So did the 11th seed Dustin Johnsonwhich began on its back nine with five birds and then four more, along with four ghosts.

This was Schaeffler’s first solo start since winning the Masters five weeks ago. Three-time Main Champion Spieth, seeded No. 9, played for the first time since winning the RBC Heritage the week after the Masters.

Munoz was 2-under after a one-hit penalty due to a stray tee in the eighth hole. The 29-year-old Colombian, who also lives in the Dallas area, then went 6 holes on the next 4 holes. He developed the ninth and twelfth holes and had 3 feet of birds on both holes in between those 5 times.

After missing out on a 13th-place tall birder, he made four birdies over the last five holes—the longest of those hits was the last after his second birdie missed the green in the round.

“It’s a great feeling when everything clicks, you shoot the ball, the ball comes out the window that I imagined, the kicks are, you read the shots really well. Speed,” Munoz said. “When it all goes well it’s out of the way and kind of let it happen.”

Munoz also had a 60 in the opening round of the RSM Classic at Seaside in Georgia in November, although that was a score of 10. He went on to finish third. This is his seventh time as a first-round captain, but his only PGA Tour win came at the Sanderson Farms Championship two seasons ago when he was 43rd after opening 70.

TPC Craig Ranch, Nelson’s sophomore home, is located about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas and 30 miles east of the University of North Texas at Denton, where Munoz went to school.

Although Munoz lives in North Texas, he said he hasn’t played TPC Craig Ranch since Nelson debuted there last year. Munoz finished 10 under less than the four rounds combined last year, when he tied for 55th. He said he played the course a few times while in college.

Spieth started seven straight classes before his Class 4 approach hit a No. 8 within four feet and made the jump. Then he missed the tee lane at #9, but still had his second shot on the green and a 12-foot shot to the eagle.

Wilshire, who turned pro in 2014, earned $8,000 last weekend when he tied for second during a small tour event in Oklahoma. Nelson’s portfolio is $9.1 million, with the winner taking home over $1.6 million and the runner-up taking nearly $992,000.

After undergoing knee surgery in 2018 and not playing well the following year, Wilshire took a job as a rubbish porter at his girlfriend’s apartment complex for four months during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. It was an evening job that allowed him to work at his game during the day.

“It wasn’t the most amazing job,” said Wilshire, “but I wouldn’t say it humiliated me, but it allowed me to work on my game.” “It put me in great shape and I think it made me tougher. It made me appreciate the chance to play.”

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