Second-Round Notes – Friday, July 7, 2017
Weather: Early morning showers moved through the area before clearing and becoming partly cloudy. High of 80 and WNW wind 10-15 mph.
36-Hole Cut: 74 players at 1-under-par 139 from a field of 153 professionals and three amateurs.
Preferred lies were utilized for the second consecutive round.
Sebastian Munoz 61-67 — 128 (-12)
Ben Martin 64-67 – 131 (-9)
Hudson Swafford 65-66 – 131 (-9)
Danny Lee 64-68 – 132 (-8)
Russell Henley 68-64 – 132 (-8)
Davis Love III 63-69 – 132 (-8)
Making his first start at The Greenbrier Classic, Sebastian Munoz followed his 9-under 61 with a 3-under-par 67 for a 36-hole total of 12-under-par 128. His opening-round 61 at The Old White TPC was the lowest first round in tournament history. The previous low was an 8-under 62 (Johnson Wagner/2013, Tommy Gainey/2013, Scott Langley/2015).
By comparison, Jeff Overton holds the 36-hole record in this event with a 14-under-par 126 in 2010.
Munoz’ three-stroke margin falls on shy of Overton’s tournament record four-stroke advantage in 2010.
Munoz, a PGA TOUR rookie, has made six cuts in 11 starts this season, with a T27 at the Valero Texas Open his best result. Currently No. 198 in the FedExCup standings, he is expected to jump to 59th should he win.
Munoz became the first Colombian player to win on the Web.com Tour with his victory at the 2016 Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro. The win helped him secure a PGA TOUR card for the 2016-17 season.
Munoz played college golf at the University of North Texas with fellow professionals Carlos Ortiz and Rodolfo Cazaubón.
This week marks the second time he has shared the 36-hole lead in a PGA TOUR event. Earlier this year he shared the lead with Matt Every, Scott Brown and Stewart Cink at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at 9-under-par 133. However, rounds of 75-76 on the weekend led to a T60 finish.
Second-Round Lead Statistics
Through 36 holes in 2015 at The Greenbrier Classic, Jhonattan Vegas and Scott Langley shared the lead at 9-under-par, while eventual champion Danny Lee was one stroke back.
The 36-hole lead the previous four editions of The Greenbrier Classic has been 9-under (2012-Webb Simpson, 2013-Matt Every, 2014-Billy Hurley III and 2015-Jhonattan Vegas and Scott Langley).
The 36-hole leader/co-leader has never gone on to win The Greenbrier Classic.
The second-round leader/co-leader has held on for victory 16 times in 33 stroke-play events this season, with Jordan Spieth being the most recent at the Travelers Championship.
Has posted rounds of 64-67 for a 36-hole score of 9-under-par 131 and is T2.
Is playing The Greenbrier Classic for the third time Missed the cut in 2011 and 2014.
R1 & R2 at a glance: 19 of 28 fairways, 30 of 36 greens, 57 putts, 4 of 6 scrambling. Also has 12 birdies.
Currently 127th in the FedExCup standings.
Enjoyed his best showing of the current season when he finished T5 at Quicken Loan National on the strength of a final-round 65.
Is currently in his fifth full season on PGA TOUR with his lone victory at the 2015 Shriners Hospital Open for Children.
Was a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour in 2013 including the United Leasing Championship and the Mylan Classic.
Played his college golf at Clemson where he was a three-time All-ACC selection. Also a finalist at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, losing 7 and 5, to Byeong-Hun An.
Rounds of 65-66 have him tied for second with Ben Martin
In two previous starts here was T52 in 2014 and T67 the following year.
R1 & R2 at a glance: 21 of 28 fairways, 33 of 36 greens, 61 putts, 2 of 3 scrambling. Also has 10 birdies.
Is 30th in the FedExCup race with 823 points.
Is enjoying his best year on PGA TOUR with a win at the Career Builder Challenge in January and sixth place at the Shell Houston Open.
Won the Stadion Classic at UGA on the Web.com Tour in 2012.
Played collegiately at the University of Georgia.
Additional Player Notes
Three players made big moves on Friday to make the cut. Trey Mullinax and Roberto Castro each posted 5-under-par 65s to jump from T132 to T39/+93, while James Hahn moved from T97 to T16/+81 following a 6-under-par 64.
One of the players making the cut was amateur Joaquin Niemann, who finished with a second consecutive 2-under-par 68 and is T22. The Chilean will be a freshman this fall at South Florida.
Defending champion Danny Lee continued his quest to defend his 2015 title. After shooting a 6-under-par on Thursday, Lee followed with a 2-under-par 68 for a 36-hole total of 8-under-par 132. His 36-hole total in 2015 when he claimed the crown was also 8-under-par 132 (63-69).
Danny Lee has registered 30 birdies over his last six rounds at The Old White TPC Course and is a combined 21-under-par during that span.
Phil Mickelson, PGA TOUR Ambassador for The Greenbrier Resort, made the cut on the number at 1-under-par 139. After posting a 3-under 67 on Thursday, Mickelson followed with a 2-over-par 72 on Friday. Mickelson missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Currently No. 40 in the FedExCup standings, Mickelson is seeking to make the TOUR Championship for the ninth time in the last 11 years (FedExCup era).
A day after shooting a 1-under-par 69, Greenbrier resident Bubba Watson fired a 3-under-par 67 on Friday and is now T22. It was his 14th round in the 60s in as many attempts at The Greenbrier Classic. Here’s a look at Watson’s finishes here: (T13-2015, T16-2014, T30-2013).
Smylie Kaufman has a current streak of 240 consecutive holes without a three-putt.
Shane Bertsch and Patrick Reed one-putted 21 of 36 holes.
Three players withdrew on Friday. The three were Nicholas Lindheim (during round/knee injury), Steven Alker (prior to round/illness) and Kevin Shields (prior to round/no reason).
All six past champions of the event are playing this week: Danny Lee (T4), Scott Stallings (T22), Ted Potter Jr. (T22), Jonas Blixt (MC), Angel Cabrera (MC), Stuart Appleby (MC).
R1 – Davis Love III (63), David Lingmerth (64), Danny Lee (64), Graham DeLaet (64), C.T. Pan (65), David Hearn (65), Robert Streb (65), Patrick Reed (66), Scott Stallings (67), Brian Gay (67).
R2 – Tyler Aldridge (67), Tony Finau (66), Jamie Lovemark (64), Trey Mullinax (65), Hudson Swafford (66), Nick Watney (64).
The par-3 eighth hole again played as the toughest during the second round, yielding a 3.252 average. The par-5 12th hole was the easiest at 4.583.
Scoring Averages at the par-70 Old White Course TPC:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 34.394 35.529 69.923 —
Friday 34.331 35.689 70.020 69.971