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ZOZO Championship 2020: Sebastian Munoz Leads at 8 Under After Round 1

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2020

Sebastian Munoz of Colombia swings away during the final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament at Shadow Creek Golf Course Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in North Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
David Becker/Associated Press

Sebastian Munoz had a fantastic Thursday at the Zozo Championship in Thousand Oaks, California. Tiger Woods did not.  

Munoz sits atop the leaderboard after Round 1, shooting an eight-under 64 to lead Tyrell Hatton by one stroke and a small group of players by two strokes.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

2️⃣ eagles 8️⃣ birdies 2️⃣ bogeys 1️⃣ double bogey 5️⃣ pars And the lead. An exciting round has @JSMunozGolf atop the leaderboard. https://t.co/jwHngNB8zN

Woods, on the other hand, shot a disastrous four-over 76. Only Adam Long, at five over, shot worse.  

Munoz didn't get off to the hottest start, with a bogey on No. 1. However, he posted four birdies in his next five holes before an epic eagle on No. 7.

A bogey on No. 8 ended the hot run of play, but not for long, as he carded three birdies in the first four holes on the back nine. 

After a double-bogey on No. 14, Munoz erased the poor hole with an eagle on No. 16 and a birdie on the 17th. 

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Perfect touch from @JSMunozGolf. 👏 He eagles to move into the co-lead @ZOZOCHAMP. #QuickHits https://t.co/2pYl5LiA3p

It was a whirlwind round, to be sure. He finished with an average driving distance of 284 yards, a 76.9 percent driving accuracy, 77.8 percent of greens hit in regulation and 0.56 strokes gained putting, per PGATour.com

While Munoz will be thrilled he tamed his wild bull of a round, Woods is looking pretty gored at the tournament he won last year after finishing with two birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey. 

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

There's only one reaction for these types of putts. 😁 A birdie 💣 from @TigerWoods. https://t.co/MsFP5rxwci

For Woods, the focus is on the upcoming Masters, even if that means playing another tournament before Augusta like the Houston Open.

"I think my plan is just to play and practice," he said Tuesday, per Bob Harig of ESPN. "I don't know if I'm going to play Houston or not. I'm not playing next week, and we'll see how this week goes and make a decision from there."

Ryan Lavner @RyanLavnerGC

Opening 76 is Tiger's 7th straight over-par round. Said his game is "definitely better" than it was at the US Open, but not so far: SG off the tee: 77th (out of 77) SG approach: 75th SG putting: 58th

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Tiger Woods on the five par-5 holes today: Bogey-double-bogey-birdie-par.

PGA TOUR Communications @PGATOURComms

Carding a 3-over 39 on the back @zozochamp, Tiger Woods was 4-over on the three par-5 holes. Woods has never finished more than 3 over on the par 5s in any round on TOUR. https://t.co/ztQTtKcgtT

After Thursday, Houston might be looking better and better to Woods.

As for other players to watch going forward, keep an eye on the lurking Thomas at seven under:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

This is the 7th time in Justin Thomas' PGA Tour career he's opened with a score of -7 or better. He won 4 of the other 6 times.

Other notable scores included Justin Rose (-5), Jon Rahm (-4), Jason Day (-4), Jordan Spieth (-2), Bubba Watson (-2), Patrick Reed (-2), Rickie Fowler (-1), Phil Mickelson (E) and Rory McIlroy (+1). 

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