Munoz opens with course record at Craig Ranch

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Sebastian Munoz (3/1 – Outright Winner) hinted that he will again “just stay out of the way and just kind of let it happen” on Friday after opening his week at the AT&T Byron Nelson with a stunning round of 60.

The Colombian recorded nine birdies, two eagles and a solitary bogey at TPC Craig Ranch to finish on 12-under and, in the process, create his own slice of PGA Tour history.

Thursday’s course record saw Munoz become the first player to card multiple rounds of 60 in a single season, having done so at November’s RSM Classic. He would back it up with a 70 on Friday in Georgia and eventually finish third behind Talor Gooch.

The 29-year-old will now have high hopes of securing his second PGA Tour title and he will be hoping for the local support to continue, having resided in Texas and studied in the state.

Munoz could even have signed for a magic 59, only to miss the green with his approach to the last. However, he remained positive after the round and is keen to follow a similar path on Friday.

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“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’s 12-under tally leaves him four clear of the quartet of Mito Pereira, Peter Malnati, Justin Lower and defending champion K.H. Lee (14/1).

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson (14/1), Jordan Spieth (16/1), Joaquin Niemann (20/1) and world number one Scottie Scheffler (17/2) are amongst those in a tie for 12th, seven off the lead.

Also in the mix is 2010 champion Jason Day (55/1), who sits alongside Justin Thomas (14/1), in the group a further stroke back at four-under.

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Author: Lucille White