If you shoot parity on Thursday at the RSM Classic, you have little hope of making it to the weekend on the final PGA Tour of 2021.
Two courses were used for the first two halves of the event, and both played well below par in the first half. Average score at Seaside Course – where leader Sebastian Munoz played full half and shot 10-under 60 – was 66.31, and the GPA in the Horticulture Course was 68.7. Seaside’s number of 66.31 is the second-lowest average on a course in a single round of the Tour since 1983.
Even though Munoz was on the easier court, he still hit the most strokes of anyone on the court for their particular course (6.3) because the best score on the Plantation course (63s) was only achieved 5.7 strokes over their course. So Munoz holds the lead on the leaderboard and actually played best golf of anyone in this tournament on Thursday in regards to his course on his course. That doesn’t always happen after the first round at tournaments with split courses.
Golf, a simple and casual sport. Let’s dive a little deeper into Munoz and his chasers with just 54 holes left on the PGA Tour calendar.
1. Sebastian Munoz (-10): Munoz needed to play the last three holes of the bottom two to shoot 59, and he only played them in the bottom one when he missed an 11-foot placement at 17 that would have set him up for the magic number. Still, it was a great start to the event for someone looking for the #2 win of his career, and he’s done it mostly from tee to green, for him will be stable for the next three days. He said afterwards he was proud for not putting a 5 on his card all day.
“That’s what I did when I was in college,” says Munoz. “It was the challenge of the day trying to not get a 5 on the scoreboard with my college team players. So that’s when I know I’m playing my best, when I’m not getting a 5. “.
T2. Mackenzie Hughes, Scott Stallings, Zach Johnson, Chez Reavie (-9): Johnson, who made the Seaside Course easier, is perhaps the most surprising leader-board appearance for anyone in this group. Although he has had a great career, has not been in the top 10 since March and has missed four of his last five cuts. However, he shined with his iron play, and also got a shot at 59 by finishing three out of two (he played them in even numbers).
T6. Russell Henley, Jhonattan Vegas, Corey Conners, Talor Gooch (-8): Corey Conners shot the most Corey Conners games of all time on Thursday. He lost a hit to the field with his putter and somehow he hit 62. He hit all 18 of the legal greens and hit the inside 12 feet 10 times.
T10. Scottie Scheffler (-7): Scheffler was the favorite and remains the favorite at 9-1 after 18 holes. He shot his last four to shoot 63 at the Seaside Course, and he hit that number with an all-around match that didn’t lean too much on any one aspect. He should be a force in the long run. He also played his first round with Bubba Watson’s old caddy, Ted Scott, on his pocket.
“I really just think of his world as a person, so for me that’s… why I’m so attracted to him being just a potential good partner for me on course ,” said Scheffler. “We’ll just see how things go for now. It’s fun today and that’s it.”
DQ. Rory Sabbatini: Sabbatini had a sticker on his driver and was kicked out of the tournament because of it. As I said above, golf is the most casual and rational sport in the world.
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