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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Munoz holds back Byron Nelson with local star Spieth 1

McKinney, Texas ( Associated Press) — Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local man in the final pair of Byron Nelson’s last round.

This is well done by the Colombians who now call the Dallas area home and share the lead after at least all three rounds.

Munoz shot 6-under 66 on Saturday and was under 21, one stroke ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still looking for success in the event he competed in the final round as a 16-year-old high schooler Was. 2010. Spieth scored 64 runs.

Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in the final group on Sunday, alone in the third shot after 65. James Hahn nearly equaled Munoz’s opening-round 60 at TPC Craig Ranch, shooting 61 with Justin jumping 34 places to finish fourth. Thomas (64).

Spieth is a year younger than Munoz, at 28, but has three majors out of 13 career victories since acting at the University of Texas. Munoz, who plays at a nearby college in North Texas, is 2 1/2 years away from his lone PGA Tour win.

“Apart from winning in Bogota, Colombia, I’ve never been a favorite of any other venue,” Muoz said. “So it’s a familiar place. Of course, Jordan is the golden boy here, so everyone’s favorite. I’m good friends with him, so tomorrow’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Spieth had never hit more than two holes without a birdie before the 15-year-old bogey. He had lower rounds and was close to victory in a tournament he desperately wanted to win after making such a remarkable PGA Tour debut as an amateur 12 years ago.

Plus, he and others in the top 30 in the world playing this week are gearing up for next week’s PGA Championship in Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“So given the chance to win this event, it would be my best Sunday,” Spieth said. “Good job not putting too much pressure on myself, I just wanted to get into contention and clearly see what needs to be sharpened for the next week. But there is no better preparation than winning a week ago. ,

Spieth was ninth last season in the first year at TPC Craig Ranch, his best Nelson finish.

Munoz made a 39-foot birdie put on the par-4 second hole and a long bunker shot on the short par-4 sixth.

Munoz ran into trouble with Palmer in par-4 16th, while playing with another Texan in Ryan Palmer.

After Palmer sprayed his approach into the stands, Munoz went left, playing a shot from the bunker with the rough ball over his feet. He swiped the ground with his club after dropping a chip 30 feet away and ended up with his only bogey.

Palmer, two shots behind at the time after five consecutive birdies, had to drop into some deep rough, requiring two shots to get out and a three-putt for a double-bogie.

West Texas native and Dallas-area resident, looking for his first individual win since 2010, Palmer scored 70 and scored 17 with defending champion KH Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzell (68) .

Spieth briefly pulled in with Munoz at 18-under with five birdies in six holes before the Colombian hit his approach to within 5 feet on 9 and 10, which put him in front to stay.

Hahn missed the cut twice last, taking on the role of Nelson after a third-place finish in 2017, last year at the TPC Four Seasons in another Dallas suburb, Irving.

The move to McKinney, about 30 miles north of downtown, came when Nelson was played twice at Trinity Forest in southern Dallas, before another transfer was canceled during the pandemic.

Hahn, a two-time PGA Tour winner, birdied five of the final six holes in the front nine and began a 5-under stretch on four holes by hitting his second shot to 7 feet on the par-5 12th.

“I think it’s easy playing out there for me, but everybody’s shooting, 9-, 10-under, there’s someone there every day,” Hahn said. “So I was like, ‘Why not me?'”

Masters champion Scotty Scheffler, who overcame a triple-bogey early in the second round for an outside shot to score the run on Sunday, recorded a birdie in the bunch at 65, leaving him in the bottom 16.

The top-ranked player and Dallas resident birdied four of the last five at the front and three times in a row at the back, but his bogey-free round ended in a disappointing par with an approachable par-5 in 18th place.

“I haven’t really seen the ball go much inside, which is disappointing because you’ve got a chance to make a put here to get a low score,” Scheffler said. “I made my way back into the tournament, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make some noise.”

Davis Riley scored 64 and was tied with Scheffler and Beau Hoesler (67).

A pair of old Tour rookies faded from contention with a 2-over 74. David Skins, a 40-year-old from England, started the day with Munoz and Palmer and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, who were just one shot behind.


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