On the 18th hole, Sebastian Munoz stood in the middle of the fairway, reflecting on his 59 in the first round of the Byron Nelson. He became the only player in PGA Tour history to shoot two rounds of 60 in the same season after missing the green.
“I wanted to give myself a chance, you know?” In the wind, it was 250 [yards] to the pin. Munoz stated, “I kind of wanted to hit like a bullet, like a tiny draw.” “I knew if I wanted to hit or not.”
Munoz hit a 12-foot birdie putt after a beautiful flop shot from the right side of the green to finish his 12-under round, which included a remarkable charge after his sole bogey.
Good for a 4-stroke lead over defending champion K.H. Lee, Mito Pereira, Peter Malnati and Justin Lower. Kyle Wilshire, a Monday qualifier making only his third career PGA Tour start, was alone in sixth after a 65 that included a near hole-in-one when he banged the flagstick with his tee shot at the 230-yard, par-3 seventh.
Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, and Spieth both shot 67. So did 11th-ranked Dustin Johnson, who started on the back nine with five birdies and then had four more, along with four bogeys.
Lee won the 2021 Nelson at 25-under par when his low round was a 65. He played in the same group Thursday with Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth, the major champions from Dallas whose first PGA Tour events were both as teenagers at the Nelson when it was still at TPC Four Seasons.
It was the first individual start for Scheffler since winning the Masters five weeks ago. Three-time major champ Spieth, ranked No. 9, played for the first time since his RBC Heritage victory the week after the Masters.
Munoz was 2-under after a one-stroke penalty because of a wayward tee shot at the eighth hole. The 29-year-old Colombian, who also lives in the Dallas area, then went 6 under in the next four holes. He eagled the ninth and 12th holes and had 3-foot birdies on both holes in between those par 5s.
After just missing a long birdie chance on No. 13, he made four birdies over the last five holes – the longest of those putts being the last one after only his second missed green in the round. “It’s a great feeling whenever everything is clicking, hitting the tee shots, ball is coming out in the window that you imagined, the putts, that you’re reading good the putts. The speed,” Munoz said. “When everything is going, it’s just stay out of the way and just 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 10-under score. He went on to finish third. This is his seventh time as a first-round leader, but his only PGA Tour win came at the Sanderson Farms Championship two seasons ago when he was 43rd after an opening 70.
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