Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sebastian Munoz keeps the 'Greenbrier' lead

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia – Sebastian Munoz set himself up for his first US PGA Tour win with a steady 2-under 68 in the third round of the Greenbrier Classic on Saturday.
The Colombian sits 14-under and leads by two over Robert Streb (65) at 12 under.
Rookie Xander Schauffele (66) and former prodigy Jamie Lovemark (66) will also try to chase down a maiden US Tour win from three back at 11-under.
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Sebastian Munoz has turned off his phone and retreated to his room for 1980s movie nights as he tries to stem the nerves during his battle for a maiden PGA TOUR win at the Greenbrier Classic.
The 23-year-old Colombian, who prior to this week had finished no higher than T27 on the TOUR and ranks 198th on the FedExCup, has led through all three rounds at the Old White TPC.
His two-shot buffer over Robert Streb in his first 54-hole lead on TOUR and represents the chance to significantly change his life bringing with it significant nerves.
Knowing his phone would be blowing up with well wishes and social media notifications he simply turned it off.
“I am going to try to do the same thing. I've had my phone off since Thursday. We're going to keep it that way,” he smiled as he explained how he kept a calm demeanour.
After Thursday’s hot start Munoz retreated to his room to watch 1980s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and after another good effort Friday kept the theme going by watching Rainman.
Slightly superstitious he will once again find an 80s classic and is considering Top Gun for his Saturday night flick.
As for tomorrow’s final round? He hopes keeping a simple game plan will allow him to continue on to victory.
“I’ll try to play boring golf. I try to hit the fairway and hit the greens,” he said.
“I’ll try to keep it steady, but you just take what you can get.”
And he will try to continue to make putts.
Munoz leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting at an incredible 9.181 through three rounds making 396’1” worth of putts.


Two years ago Robert Streb had the chance to win the Greenbrier Classic, joining a four-man play-off for the title.
Just getting there had been an impressive effort given he broke his putter at the turn on Sunday and putted with a wedge on the back nine that yielded five birdies.
Ultimately, he was unable to get the win but the 2015 McGladrey Classic champion has the chance for revenge this week, starting Sunday just two back in second place.
It’s a timely performance as he currently ranks 137th in the FedExCup.
“I’m trying to put that aside and trying to just focus on winning here and see if we can play well,” Streb said.
“Hopefully the points will take care of themselves.”

Streb’s Saturday effort was highlighted by a brilliant hybrid out of the rough on the par-5 12th hole from 232-yards that almost went in the hole. The resulting eagle and round of 65 has him in great shape.
“Maybe I left a couple out there coming in, but hopefully have a chance tomorrow,” he said.

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