Sebastian Munoz sets his 60 career best records to lead Sea Island | WGN 720 radio



ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga (AP) – Sebastian Munoz saw the tough weather conditions on his way to the RSM Classic and figured all he could do was keep his head down and birdies. He finished with a 10-under 60 to break his career six strokes.

The score was so low on Thursday at Sea Island that all that gave Munoz was a one-stroke lead. The Colombian, who won his first PGA Tour tournament just over a year ago, birdied his final hole at Seaside.

He was leading one stroke over Sea Island member Zach Johnson in Seaside, while three players were one stroke off par. Former champion Mackenzie Hughes, Chez Reavie and Scott Stallings each scored under 63 on the Plantation course.

Four players were tied at 8 under, led by Canadian Corey Conners (62 at Seaside). His wife, Malory, gave birth to their first child last week, a daughter named Reis. Jhonattan Vegas, Talor Gooch and Russell Henley turned 64 at Plantation.

The score was so ideal that 33 players shot 66 or less on both courses, located just off the Atlantic Ocean, and all but 21 players on the 156 field beat par. The cumulative score compared to par in the Seaside Course was 288 below, 42 strokes lower than the previous record set in 2018.

The Seaside scoring average of 66.308 was a tournament record, and the second lowest of any PGA Tour round since 1983, when the Tour began tracking hole-to-hole data. The record is 66.28 at Indian Wells in the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Munoz tied Tommy Gainey’s 2012 record for the low round at Seaside; Hughes, Stallings and Reavie tied for the low round at Plantation set last year by winner Robert Streb and Bronson Burgoon.

A warm, sunny day that started out with just enough light rain for often the already pure greens is expected to turn into more common November weather on the Georgian coast on Friday with an around 10 degree drop in temperature and winds forecast for gusts as high as 30 mph.

“When you have absolutely pure weather and pure conditions on the golf course – the best I’ve seen on these two golf courses, period – you know you have to take care of it,” said the 45 One-year-old Johnson, who touched all 18 greens.

“It was a perfect day and we all knew there were (low scores) there,” added Cameron Smith, who had a 66 at the Seaside.

Munoz, however, remained in the present for his best lap as a professional. He hit 11 fairways and 16 greens, had six birdies out of the first nine, and punctuated the day with a 12-foot eagle putt at No.15 and a 10-foot birdie putt at No.18.

“I felt great yesterday playing pro-am, basically the same time for two days, so I knew I was hitting him well,” he said. “I just let it go.”

And for tomorrow?

“I haven’t really looked at the forecast,” he said. “I don’t know how much it’s going to blow tomorrow or if it’s going to be cold or not, so I’m just a little bit there right now and I’ll adjust tomorrow and see what happens.”

Johnson was the only player who had a reasonable shot at least 60 rounds. He was 9 under all 15 after birdieing a 7 foot at No.15 and missing birdie attempts of 10, 20 and 25 feet on the last three holes.

“It hit me (the chance to shoot 59) after birdieing 12 and 13 and I went down to 8 under,” Johnson said. “As I birdied 15, I was like, ‘Well, two more and I’m there. “I made myself look good and that’s all you can hope for.

Johnson also had a chance at 59 in the Tour Championship in 2007 until he hit a bunker on the 18th par 3 hole at East Lake and had to settle for a par and a 60.

Johnson and his playing partners Matt Kuchar (65) and Joel Dahmen (65) didn’t bug out.


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