MUÑOZ GRABS SHARE OF LEAD AS TORQUE EYES A POTENTIAL SWEEP
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Torque GC has won four team trophies this season but remains in search of its first individual win. Perhaps Sebastián Muñoz will end that drought this week at LIV Golf Chicago.
Muñoz shot a 5-under 66 to grab a share of the first-round lead at Rich Harvest Farms. He’s tied with four other players on a bunched-up leaderboard.
In addition to Muñoz’s score, Torque received counting scores from Joaquin Niemann (4-under 67) and David Puig (1-under 70). Mito Pereira also shot a 70 that was not needed.
Torque’s cumulative score of 10 under left them tied for fifth but just three strokes off the lead.
A fifth team win this week might allow Torque to catch the league-leading 4Aces GC in the team standings. Certainly, an individual victory and a sweep of both trophies would make the weekend even sweeter.
Muñoz said he’s focused more on trying to catch the Aces than seeking individual success.
“We haven't cashed out because no one has won individually but really happy with the way that we've played good,” Muñoz said. “I feel like that team, it's extra motivation for us, trying to finally catch up to the Aces. It's been a long season, but we're still in second. That's right now what we're focused on.”
Although Muñoz was not a LIV Golf League member last year when the event was held at Rich Harvest Farms, he is familiar with the course.
Perhaps that comfort level helped him bounced back from an opening bogey, as he played spotless golf the rest of the way while producing six birdies.
“I came here in 2013 for a collegiate event, and it just brings back fond memories,” Muñoz said. “Really like the property.”