Wed, 25 Nov 2020

Two eagles lift Munoz to Zozo Championship lead

Field Level Media
23 Oct 2020, 10:55 GMT+10

Colombia's Sebastian Munoz recorded two eagles to offset a double bogey, and he holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the Zozo Championship @ Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Munoz added eight birdies and two bogeys to finish with an 8-under-par 64 at Sherwood Country Club. Justin Thomas and England's Tyrrell Hatton are tied for second, one stroke back.

Brian Harman, Lanto Griffin, Kevin Kisner, Harris English and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are tied for fourth at 66. Eight players, including England's Justin Rose, share ninth place at 67.

Defending champion Tiger Woods shot a 4-over 76, better than just one of the 77 players who completed the first round.

Munoz opened with a bogey, then birdied four of the next five holes before notching his first eagle at the par-4 No. 7, when he holed a 164-yard shot from the fairway. He followed with a bogey and three birdies on the next six holes.

After a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole, Munoz holed a 51-yard chip shot for eagle on the par-5 No. 16.

Of the second eagle, Munoz said. "My caddie was like, be aggressive, you already took a risk on shot No. 2, so might as well just keep going. So I was like, all right, sure. So I throw it up there and find the hole. So it was pretty sweet. ...

"Not a normal round. It happens, but I've become better with managing crazy up and downs."

Thomas played the back nine first and was even par at the turn before playing the front nine in 7-under 29. He registered five birdies and an eagle at No. 16, where he sank a 9-foot putt.

"I was playing well on the front, I just stayed patient and I felt like I kept doing what I was doing," Thomas said. "I think the back nine is more scorable than the front. Yeah, I was really reading the greens poorly on the front for the putts that I missed ... so I knew that I was close, I just need to stay patient."

Hatton birdied eight of his first 15 holes to sit at 8 under before making his lone bogey at No. 16. He nearly aced the par-3, 176-yard 15th hole, tapping in for a 2-foot birdie.

"Everything was pretty solid out there, to be honest," Hatton said. "Obviously I got lucky a couple of times, my bad shots today ended up in kind of OK places. My short game kind of helped me out when it needed to."

Woods carded four bogeys, two birdies and a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole.

The Zozo Championship was moved from Japan to Southern California due to travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

--Field Level Media

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