ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Sebastian Munoz noticed the robust climate circumstances on the best way to the RSM Traditional and figured all he might do was hold his head down and make birdies. He wound up with a 10-under 60 to shatter his profession spherical by six pictures.
Scoring was so low Thursday at Sea Island that each one that bought Munoz was a one-shot lead. The Colombian, who gained his first PGA Tour occasion simply over a 12 months in the past, birdied his closing gap at Seaside.
He led by one stroke over Sea Island member Zach Johnson at Seaside, whereas three gamers have been one shot behind to par. Previous champion Mackenzie Hughes, Chez Reavie and Scott Stallings every had a 9-under 63 on the Plantation course.
4 gamers have been tied at 8 beneath, led by Canadian Corey Conners (62 at Seaside). His spouse, Malory, gave beginning final week to their first youngster, a woman named Reis. Jhonattan Vegas, Talor Gooch and Russell Henley shot 64 at Plantation.
Scoring was so excellent that 33 gamers shot 66 or decrease on the 2 programs, situated simply off the Atlantic Ocean, and all however 21 gamers within the area of 156 broke par. The cumulative rating in relation to par on the Seaside Course was 288 beneath, 42 pictures decrease than the earlier report set in 2018.
The scoring common of 66.308 on the Seaside was a event report, and the second-lowest for any spherical on the PGA Tour since 1983, when the Tour started monitoring hole-by-hole information. The report is 66.28 at Indian Wells within the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Traditional.
Munoz matched Tommy Gainey’s 2012 report for low spherical at Seaside; Hughes, Stallings and Reavie tied for low spherical on the Plantation set final 12 months by winner Robert Streb and Bronson Burgoon.
A heat, sunny day that started with simply sufficient mild rain to usually the already pure greens is anticipated to morph into extra frequent November climate on the Georgia coast Friday with a drop of about 10 levels within the temperature and wind forecast to gust as excessive as 30 mph.
“If you’ve bought simply absolute pure circumstances weather-wise and pure circumstances on the golf course — the perfect I’ve ever seen these two golf programs, interval — you realize you have to get after it,” stated the 45-year-old Johnson, who hit all 18 greens.
“It was an ideal day and all of us knew it (low scores) was on the market,” added Cameron Smith, who had a 66 on the Seaside.
Munoz, nevertheless, was staying within the current for his greatest spherical as an expert. He hit 11 fairways and 16 greens, made six birdies on the entrance 9 and punctuated the day with a 12-foot eagle putt at No. 15 and a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 18.
“I felt nice yesterday taking part in the pro-am, principally the identical climate for 2 days, so I knew I used to be hitting it good,” he stated. “I simply let it occur.”
And for tomorrow?
“I have never actually regarded on the forecast,” he stated. “I do not understand how a lot it will blow tomorrow or if it will be chilly or not, so I am simply type of right here proper now and I will modify tomorrow and see what occurs.”
Johnson was the one participant who had an inexpensive shot at sub-60 spherical. He was 9 beneath by means of 15 holes after making a 7-footer for birdie at No. 15 and missed birdie makes an attempt of 10, 20 and 25 ft on the ultimate three holes.
“It hit me (the prospect to shoot 59) after I birdied 12 and 13 and I bought to eight beneath,” Johnson stated. “Making birdie on 15, I used to be like, ‘Nicely, two extra and I am proper there.’ I gave myself seems, fairly beauty and that is all you possibly can hope for.”
Johnson additionally had a shot at 59 within the Tour Championship in 2007 till hitting right into a bunker on the par-3 18th gap at East Lake and having to accept par and a 60.