MUNOZ IN­CREASES LEAD AT GREEN­BRIER

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

PGA Tour rookie Se­bas­tian Munoz has found a com­fort­able rou­tine at The Green­brier Clas­sic — go play golf, then watch a movie at night.

Af­ter catch­ing “Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off’’ fol­low­ing an open­inground 61, Munoz kept it go­ing Fri­day, shoot­ing a 3-un­der-par 67 for a three-stroke lead over Ben Martin and Hud­son Swaf­ford head­ing into the week­end on the Old White TPC.

On Fri­day night, his plans were the same.

“I’m here with one of my best bud­dies, so we’re just go­ing to hang out and watch a movie and be ready for to­mor­row,’’ Munoz said.

Munoz has been in this sit­u­a­tion be­fore. At the St. Jude Clas­sic last month, Munoz was tied for the lead through 36 holed, but he played the fi­nal two rounds in 11 over and fin­ished tied for 60th.

“I feel like Mem­phis taught me that maybe I was car­ing too much, try­ing to hit too many per­fect shots all the time,’’ Munoz said. “(I’ll) just take those past ex­pe­ri­ences and use them this week.’’

The 24-year-old Colom­bian played his col­lege golf at North Texas and said he got a wake-up call when his coach threat­ened to take away his schol­ar­ship for his se­nior year. Then, for­mer col­lege team­mate Car­los Or­tiz won three times in his first sea­son on the Web.com Tour in 2014.

“I talked to him and was like, `Hey, man, I know you’re good, but come on. Like, I can get you some­times,’’’ Munoz said. “So that re­ally helped me kind of push through and re­al­ize I was good as well.’’

Rory misses cut at Ir­ish Open.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Rory McIl­roy crashed out of the Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Open, miss­ing the cut in his home event for the fourth time in five years.

Af­ter labour­ing to an open­ing 72 on a day when 105 of the 156strong field broke par, McIl­roy could only add a sec­ond round of 73 at Port­stew­art Golf Club for a half­way to­tal of one over par.

Play­ing part­ner Jon Rahm added a 67 to his open­ing 65 to fin­ish 12 un­der, a shot be­hind club­house leader Daniel Im af­ter the Amer­i­can also re­turned a 67.

Kirk has ca­reer-best 63, leads.

Kather­ine Kirk shot a ca­reerbest 9-un­der 63 to take a three­stroke lead in the weather-de­layed sec­ond round of the in­au­gu­ral Thorn­berry Creek LPGA Clas­sic.

Jared C. Tilton, Getty Im­ages

Se­bas­tian Munoz of Colom­bia tees off at the 16th hole dur­ing round two of The Green­brier Clas­sic.

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