Record day for Sebastian Muñoz, Paul Barjon in the game

Colombian Sebastian Muñoz signs a record 60 (-12) card in Texas to take the lead from AT&T Byron Nelson after the first round. Texan Jordan Spieth and world number one Scottie Scheffler are close to the top 10. Paul Barjon is in the top 40.

The scores went down very low for this first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. In this contest of birdies and eagles, it’s the Colombian Sebastian Munoz who shone brightest by tying McKinney’s TPC Craig Ranch’s Texas course record with a score of -12. Already author of a card of 60 at the opening of the RSM Classic at the end of November, the 29-year-old South American is entering the history of the PGA Tour. Muñoz notably signed a bogey and two eagles for his day, with a return course completed in -8!

The defending champion second with three strokes

If the tournament has been particularly successful for the South Koreans in recent years with the defending champion KH Lee succeeding Sung Hoon Kangthe South Americans got off to a good start this time with the Chilean Mito Pereira in second place… already four lengths behind Muñoz! However, KH Lee has not said his last word for the defense of his title since he is also second by three strokes, with the best score of a title holder in this event since at least 1983 and the -5 of Tiger Woods in 1998.

Jordan Spieth puts on a show in front of his fans

The stars jostle at -5 with in particular Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scottalongside local star Jordan Spieth and the world’s number one adopted Texan Scottie Scheffler. With certainly the prettiest putt of the day to save an unlikely par after a ball in the water, Justin Thomas is right behind Trey Mullinax. The Alabama golfer started on a crazy basis (-6 in five holes!), before being brought to his senses with a triple-bogey at 1 to launch his comeback course.

Paul Barjon under 70

Already brilliant in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship last week, Paul Barjon once again started his week well with a card of 69 which allows him to point to 40th place (-3). Perfect on the way out (four birdies without fail), the New Caledonian by adoption finished with eight pars and a bogey in the 15th. In any case, we must expect surprises on this event which crowned three first winners in its last three editions.

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