A Rookie Currently Leads The 2017 Greenbier Classic

Here is a recap of the first round of the Greenbrier Classic, played at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.:

LEADING: That’s the way to finish. Sebastian Munoz birdies Nos. 14-17 to fire an opening 9-under 61 and lead by two. A stunning round at The Old White TPC, but Munoz doesn’t threaten the course record (remember Stuart Appleby once shot 59 here to win).

But yeah, who is Munoz? The 24-year-old Colombian is a PGA Tour rookie, having never made a start on the circuit until this season. He earned his card by way of his 22nd-place finish (in large part thanks to a win) on the 2016 Web.com Tour money list. With a low priority ranking, though, this is only his 12th PGA Tour start of the season.

In fact, he’s played three Web.com Tour events in between, finishing runner-up at one of them. Munoz had struggled in his PGA Tour starts this year, only making six cuts and posting a best finish of T-27 at the Valero Texas Open. He’s currently 198th in the FedEx Cup standings. This week could change his fortunes quickly if he keeps things up.

Munoz actually had two stretches of four straight birdies, posting a streak from Nos. 2-5 as well. After a birdie at the seventh, he was already 5 under. He moved to 6 under with a birdie at the 10th. A bogey at No. 13 seemed like it would slow his roll until he had that big finishing kick. It’s one round, but this is a great start for a guy who generally needs to push his game into a higher gear either now or real soon to keep his PGA Tour card.

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