Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Rookie Sebastian Munoz leading by three strokes at Greenbrier Classic

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — 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 opening-round 61, Munoz kept it going Friday, shooting 3-under 67 for a three-stroke lead over Ben Martin and Hudson Swafford heading into the weekend.

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" today, Munoz said.

Munoz has been in this situation before. At the St. Jude Classic last month, Munoz was tied for the lead through 36 holes, 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."

Munoz, who earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour last year and is still looking for his first top-10 finish, is at 12-under 128. Martin shot 67 and Swafford had 66.

LPGA: Katherine Kirk shot a career-best 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead in the weather-delayed second round of the inaugural Thornberry Creek Classic in Oneida, Wis. Kirk, who has two victories in 14 years on tour, played the back nine in 7-under 29 to finish at 13 under through two rounds before a 3½-hour delay for lightning in the area. First-round co-leader Laura Gonzalez Escallon made quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 18th and was in danger of missing the cut at 3 under through 13 holes when play was suspended because of darkness. Fellow co-leader Sei Young Kim was at 6 under through 12.

MCILROY STRUGGLING: Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Irish Open for the fourth time in five years, leading the four-time major winner to express concerns about parts of his game ahead of the British Open. McIlroy shot 1-over 73 in his second round in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, and was 1 over for the tournament, which he is hosting to benefit his foundation. "My short game is not sharp enough and I'm making silly mistakes," said McIlroy, who refused to blame his performance on the fact he was busy at the start of the week because he was hosting the event. "I'm not being very proficient with my scoring and making it difficult for myself."

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