Colombia swept at the start of the PGA John Deere Classic: Muñoz is co-leader and Villegas, 3rd

Colombia swept at the start of the PGA John Deere Classic: Muñoz is co-leader and Villegas, 3rd

With a spectacular streak of five consecutive birdies to end his first round, Sebastián Muñoz is one of the leaders of the John Deere Classic, which takes place at the TPC Deere Run.

The Colombian presented an 8-under par 63 card and shares the lead with American Chesson Hadley.

His compatriot, Camilo Villegas, also had a great start and with an error-free round of 64 (-7) he ranks 3rd., at a stroke of the pointers.

Muñoz, in his third participation in this event, he scored nine birdies and a single bogey in the entire round. “It was a very solid round, I hit the ball really well and at the end of the round I got turned on with the putter. In the first leg I didn’t get much, so it’s good to see the putts were made in the last holes ”.

Regarding that streak of five consecutive birdies, the 28-year-old said: “The truth is that they all came out for me, it’s funny because when I make a lot of birdies I try to play more safely and I give myself chances of 3 or 4 meters and luckily today they all got in ”.

Muñoz arrived this week after falling behind in Detroit and missing all three previous cuts. “These weeks were difficult, I couldn’t find my swing and it took a lot of effort from me and my team to get back to where we wanted to be and luckily we got it and I think today I hit the ball well again and controlled my distances well”, noted the player who ranks 67th in the FedEx Cup Rankings.

Villegas, meanwhile, played in the morning and had a lap without failures. The one from Medellín started with an eagle on hole 2 and then found birdies on hole 4 and 6. Meanwhile, on his way back he made birdies at 12, 16 and 17.

“It’s a great start, the field is in perfect condition and there are many chances for a birdie, plus the field was softer due to the rain last night. You can never complain about a 7-under par, but there is always some other putt that could have come in.I’m still glad I didn’t do any bogey. I gave myself the chances and I took advantage of them, ”said the Colombian who has two top-10s this season.

“I like this place, I received my first prize here, in 2004, and John Deere always worked hard to give the best to everyone. I am happy to play golf. The support I had this year has been incredible and I feel blessed to be playing again this week ”, closed the 39-year-old, who is playing this event for the tenth time.

Also positive was the start of Argentine Fabián Gómez and Venezuelan Jhonatan Vegas, who opened with 4-under-par 67 to tie for 12th place.

Meanwhile, other Latinos who dropped par from the court were the Argentine Andrés Romero (-2), the Chilean Mito Pereira (-1) and the Brazilian Rodrigo Lee (-1).

Nelson Ledesma (E) and Rafael Campos (+3) must improve this Friday if they want to overcome the qualifying cut.

PGA Tour Press

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