Muñoz keeps Byron Nelson in the lead with homegrown star Spieth 1 returning – 95.5 WSB


McKINNEY, Texas — (AP) — Sebastián Muñoz will be “the other” local guy in the Byron Nelson’s final final-round pairing.

That’s cool for the Colombian who now lives in the Dallas area and at least shared the lead after all three laps.

Muñoz shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and was 21 under, one stroke ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still looking for a breakthrough in the event in which he played the final round as a high schooler from 16 at 2010. Spieth shot a 64.

Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in the final group on Sunday. Thomas (64).

Spieth is a year younger than Muñoz at 28, but has three majors among 13 career wins after playing at the University of Texas. Muñoz, who played at a nearby college in North Texas, is 2½ years away from his lone PGA Tour win.

“Besides winning in Bogota, Colombia, I’ve never been the favorite anywhere else,” Muñoz said. So it’s a familiar place. Jordan is, of course, the golden boy here, so everyone’s favorite. I’m good friends with him, so it’s going to be a lot of fun tomorrow.

Spieth never went more than two holes without a birdie before a bogey at age 15. He’s had lower rounds and been close to winning before in a tournament he really wants to win after such a remarkable debut on the PGA Tour as an amateur 12 years ago.

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

“So to have a chance to win this event will be kind of the best chance I’ve ever had before Sunday,” Spieth said. “I did a good job without putting too much pressure on myself, just wanted to get in and obviously see what needs to be honed for next week. But there’s no better preparation for a major than winning. the previous week.

Speith finished ninth last season in the freshman year at TPC Craig Ranch, his best result at Nelson.

Muñoz birdied 39 feet on the par-4 second hole and sank a long bunker shot on the short par-4 sixth.

Playing with fellow Texan in Ryan Palmer, Muñoz got into trouble with Palmer on the par-4 16th.

After Palmer sprayed his approach straight into the stands, Muñoz went left playing a shot from a bunker with the ball in the rough above his feet. He swept the ground with his club after leaving a chip at 30 feet and was left with his only bogey.

Palmer, two strokes back at the time after one streak of five consecutive birdieshad to fall in a hard hard, needed two punches to get out and three putts for a double bogey.

A West Texas native and Dallas-area resident looking for his first individual victory since 2010, Palmer shot 70 and was 17 under with defending champion KH Lee (67) and the 2011 Masters winner Charles Schwartzel (68).

Spieth briefly leveled Munoz at 18 under with five birdies in six holes before the Colombian hits his approaches on 9 and 10 within 5 feet for the birdies who put him back in front to stay.

Hahn missed the cut the last two times he played against the Nelson after finishing third in 2017, the last year at TPC Four Seasons in another Dallas suburb, Irving.

The move to McKinney, about 30 miles north of downtown, came after the Nelson was played twice at Trinity Forest in south Dallas and then called off during the pandemic before another move.

A two-time PGA Tour winner, Hahn hit five of the last six holes of the front nine and started a four-hole under-5 streak by hitting his second shot at 7 feet on the par-5 12th.

“I feel like it’s been easy for me, but everyone shoots, 9-, 10-under, someone’s every day,” said Hahn, who has missed 10 cuts this season. “So I was like, ‘Why not me? “”

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who overcame a triple bogey early in the second round for an outside shot to make a run on Sunday, recorded bunch birdies in a 65 that left him at 16 under.

The top-ranked player and Dallas resident birdied four of the last five holes up front and three in a row behind, but his bogey-free round ended in a disappointing par on par 18 -5 attainable.

“I didn’t really see the ball go in that much, which is frustrating because you have to putt here to shoot low scores,” Scheffler said. “I fought my way back into the tournament, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make some noise.”

Davis Riley shot 64 and was tied with Scheffler and Beau Hossler (67).

A pair of older rookies on the tour faded with 2 of 74. David Skinns, a 40-year-old Englishman, started the day tied for the lead with Muñoz and Palmer, and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, who was just a shot behind.


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