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Muñoz Makes A Move

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: September 22, 2019, 4:47 am ET

Recap of the day

After the delayed second round was completed early in the morning there was sparkling golf from Sebastian Munoz, who posted a 9-under-par 63 to set the target of 16-under 200. Carlos Ortiz was almost as good in pegging a 65 for 15-under. Byeong Hun An followed two 66s with a 70 to settle in at 14-under. Meanwhile, Cameron Percy’s 68 helped him to 13-under, one clear of Dominic Bozzelli (67), Sungjae Im (67), Harris English (68), J.T. Poston (70) and George McNeill (70).

Leaderboard: -16 Sebastian Munoz, -15 Carlos Ortiz, -14 Byeong Hun An, -13 Cameron Percy -12 Dominic Bozzelli, Sunjae Im, Harris English, J.T. Poston, George McNeill

Notables: -10 Zach Johnson, -9 Dylan Frittelli, -7 Cameron Champ

Low round of the day: The 63 of Ortiz

Revised outright betting: Munoz 2/1, An 9/2, Ortiz 9/2, Im 12/1, Poston 14/1, Percy 16/1

 

Sunday weather forecast

Sunny with temperatures in the low 80s, humidity in the mid 50s, a gentle breeze of no more than 10 mph and very little chance of rain.

 

Leaders after at 54 holes

Sebastian Munoz (63, 200) – A sizzling effort, never went three holes without a par breaker, made no bogeys, missed just two greens, is gaining over four strokes with his putter and over three tee to green.

Carlos Ortiz (65, 201) – Missed only one green to gain five birdies and an eagle-3. A powerhouse long game: gaining over 6.5 strokes tee to green.

Byeong Hun An (70, 202) – Solid after those two 66s. A hat trick of back nine birdies were followed by back-to-back bogeys. Found only 11 greens after 31 through 36 holes.

Cameron Percy (68, 203) – Landed 15 greens and saved par every time he missed. Ranking top ten for SG Putting and Approach the Green.

 

Quotes

Sebastian Munoz (63): "Hitting so many greens was huge. You can get a pretty gnarly lie up here. Bermuda is not that friendly. So I just found myself a lot of looks, birdies chances."

Carlos Ortiz (65): "The whole goal from the beginning of the week was to have a chance to win tomorrow. You cannot win the tournament the first three days, but you can get yourself out of it. I think I've done a great job to keep myself in the tournament. Ready to go for tomorrow."

Byeong Hun An (70): "I still have a chance to win. I'm only two shots back. Like I said, not even bad day, but wasn't as good as the first few days. That's really positive. I didn't really collapse or anything. Just made some bogeys there, and I did make some good shots today. I'll just take all the positives and go into tomorrow."

Cameron Percy (68): "I thought I was done. I fractured my wrist and I thought, you know what? My career is over. I got a second lease on life I guess."

 

Fate of the Favourites

Joaquin Niemann (73, 204) – Found plenty of green in regulation (15) but he is losing over four strokes to the field on the putting surfaces this week.

Sungjae Im (67, 204) – A bogey-free lap of five birdies. When he signed his card he ranked 10th to 20th for all SG categories.

Brandt Snedeker (71, 209) – A sedate lap that began with ten pars, witnessed back-to-back birdies, then was becalmed again with five pars and then a bogey to close.

Byeong Hun An – see above

 

Road to victory at Jackson

2018 Cameron Champ – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st

2017 Ryan Armour – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st

2016 Cody Gribble – R1: 101st, R2: 8th, R3: 3rd

2015 Peter Malnati – R1: 42nd, R2: 8th, R3: 3rd

2014 Nick Taylor – R1: 2nd, R2: 3rd, R3: 5th

Notes: Taylor came from four swings back, Malnati and Gribble were just the one blow off the lead.

 

Fate of the 54-hole leaders at Jackson – where did they finish?

2018 Cameron Champ – 1st

2017 Ryan Armour – 1st

2016 Chris Kirk – 2nd, Luke List – 2nd

2015 David Toms – 2nd, Patton Kizzire – 4th

2014 John Rollins – 4th

Notes: Those last two winners had leads of four and five strokes heading into the final lap; they maintained the gap on the final circuit.

 

Focus on – Sebastian Munoz in contention

Only once has Munoz been in the top three of a PGA Tour event after 54 holes, when leading the 2017 Greenbrier Classic by two shots and finishing T3. He has six times been top three in a Korn Ferry Tour event at 54 holes and won just the once, when he led by one in the 2016 Colombia Championship.

 

Focus on – Carlos Ortiz in contention

As with Muñoz, there is only one example of a similar PGA Tour experience. Ortiz suffered badly in his case, however. He was T3 in the 2015 Northern Trust Open and ended the final round T20 after a 75. He has seven times been top three with 18 holes to play in a Korn Ferry Tour event and claimed three wins.

 

Focus on – Byeong Hun An in contention

The Korean is a lot more experienced in this situation. Five times on the Challenge Tour he was top three heading into the final lap, but he never got a win. He is also 1-for-3 on the European Tour (winning the event dealt with below), 1-for-2 on the Korean Tour, and 0-for-3 on the PGA Tour. So he is 2-for-13 in all.

 

Focus on – Meanwhile in Europe ...

It is the BMW PGA Championship which is not just the European Tour’s most prestigious title in terms of history (if not funds – the Tour Championship wins that race), but it is also the start of the points race for the 2020 European Ryder Cup team. Saturday witnessed a Rory McIlroy revival (a third round 64) and further progress from the American contingent. The leaderboard heading into the final round reads:

-15 Danny Willet, Jon Rahm

-12 Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Justin Rose, Shubhankar Sharma

-10 Richie Ramsay, Rafa Cabrera Bello

With the Americans on:

-9 Patrick Reed, -8 Billy Horschel, Andrew Putnam, -6 Kurt Kitayama, -2 Julian Suri, -1 Tony Finau