Sebastian Muñoz Sizzles in Byron Nelson Tournament; Bjorn Chosen as Team Europe Vice-Captain
Colombian parbuster Sebastian Muñoz sizzled with an opening-round 12-under-par 60 to take a four-shot lead on Thursday in the US PGA Tour Byron Nelson tournament at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The Bogota native went 10-under in his last 10 holes to grab the early advantage in the four-round event. Muñoz was four strokes ahead of four golfers. This includes defending champion Lee Kyoung-hoon of South Korea, Mito Pereira of Chile and Americans Peter Malnati and Justin Lower.
The 29-year-old parbuster became the first player in PGA Tour history with two rounds of 60 or better in the same season. He has 10-under 60 in the RSM Classic last November. Sebastian Muñoz drilled his first birdie at the par-4 second. Then, made it to 2-under with a birdie putt in the fifth hole. He shot another birdie in the sixth to go 3-under. After carding a bogey in the eighth hole, he made an eagle in the par-5 ninth to end the front nine with a 32.
Muñoz had another eagle in the 12th hole. He made birdies in the 10th, 11th, 14th, 16th, 17th 18th holes to finish the back nine with a 28. He had a chance to finish with a 59 but his second shot sailed to the right. Muñoz recovered with a spectacular third shot and made a birdie putt on the 18th.
Others in the Mix
Pereira’s 64 was his career-low in the PGA Tour while Malnati had two eagles in the first round. Lee was bogey-free in the first 18 holes of action while Lower holed out for an eagle in the 10th. Masters winner Scottie Scheffler is among 13 players in the 12th spot at 5-under-par 67. The group includes fellow Major winners Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, and Adam Scott. Muñoz’s sizzling round will make him an early PGA Tour oddsmakers favorite, but there are still three rounds left to play and with a deep field chasing him, anything is possible.
Europe Chooses Bjorn as Vice-Captain for 2023 Ryder Cup
Former team captain Thomas Bjorn has been nominated as one of Team Europe’s vice-captains for the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy. Current captain Henrik Stenson chose Bjorn, who led Europe to victory over the United States in 2018, due to his experience as a player and as vice-captain. The 51-year-old Dane has played in the Ryder Cup on three occasions and was named vice-captain on four stagings of the biennial meet.
Bjorn expressed delight with the development, saying that he is glad to be working alongside 2016 British Open champion Stenson. Team Europe will be trying to regain the trophy at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club from September 29-October 1 next year. The United States won the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits with a 19-9 thrashing of Europe.
Picking a well-decorated golfer as vice-captain for Team Europe is expected to work wonders for the group. This is especially when they are coming off a loss to the US last year. Bjorn’s experience will provide a veteran presence with Europe who will seek revenge in the 2023 edition of the team event, according to golf betting experts.