Sebastian Munoz has the best 60 of his career, leading the RSM Classic once

NS. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Sebastian Munoz saw extreme weather conditions on his way to the RSM Classic and thought all he could do was duck his head and make birdies. He goes ahead with a score of 10 under 60 to break his career round by six shots.

Thursday’s score at Sea Island was so low that all Munoz got was one shot on target. The Colombian, who won his first PGA Tour event just over a year ago, hit his last hole at Seaside.

He has a breakout lead over the Sea Island member Zach Johnson at Seaside, while three players are one less to equal. Champion of the past Mackenzie Hughes, Chez Reavie and Scott Stallings used to have 9 under 63 in Plantation course.

Four players tied in bottom 8th place, led by Canadians Corey Conners (62 at Seaside). His wife, Malory, gave birth to their first child last week, a baby girl named Reis. Jhonattan Vegas, Taylor Gooch and Russell Henley shoot 64 at Plantation.

Scoring was so ideal that 33 players shot 66 or less in two courts, located just off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and all but 21 of the 156 players scored. The cumulative par-related score at Seaside Course is under 288, 42 times lower than the previous record set in 2018.

The average score of 66,308 at Seaside is a tournament record, and the second-lowest for any round on the PGA Tour since 1983, when the Tour began tracking hole-by-hole data. The record was 66.28 at Indian Wells in the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Munoz matches Tommy Gainey’s 2012 record for low laps at Seaside; Hughes, Stallings and Reavie jointly won the low round at Plantation set up last year Robert Streb and Bronson Burgoon.

A warm, sunny day that begins with just enough rain to normally be pure greenery is expected to turn into more common November weather on the Georgia coast on Friday with temperatures dropping about 10 degrees. and gusts of up to 30 mph are forecast.

“When you just have absolutely pure weather and fresh conditions on the golf course – the best I’ve seen these two courses, period – you know you have to go for it,” said Johnson, 45 years old, who has achieved all 18 appearances.

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

However, Munoz stayed in the present for his best round as a pro. He hit 11 fairways and 16 greens, made six birdies on the front nine and scored the day with a 12-foot eagle putt in 15th and a 10-foot birdie putt at number 18. .

“I felt great yesterday playing pro-am, basically the same weather for two days, so I know I hit well,” he said. “I just let it happen.”

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, so I’m just here for now and I’ll tune in tomorrow and see what happens.”

Johnson was the only player with a reasonable shot in extra time 60. He went nine under 15 after making a birdie seven in 15th and missed attempts at birdie 10, 20 and 25 feet at the last three holes.

“It hit me (59 shot chance) after I shot 12 and 13 and I went below 8,” Johnson said. “Being a birdie at 15, I said, ‘Well, two more and I’ll be right there.’ I made myself look good, it’s pretty good and that’s all you can hope for.”

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

Johnson and playing partners Matt Kuchar (65) and Joel Dahmen (65) did not do a scam. Sebastian Munoz has the best 60 of his career, leading the RSM Classic once

Dustin Huang

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