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 a 3-under 67 for a three-stroke lead over Ben Martin and Hudson Swafford heading into the weekend on the Old White TPC.
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 tomorrow,” Munoz said.
Munoz has been in this situation before. At the St. Jude Classic last month, Munoz was tied for the lead through 36 holed, 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.”
The 24-year-old Colombian played his college golf at North Texas and said he got a wake-up call when his coach threatened to take away his scholarship for his senior year. Then, former college teammate Carlos Ortiz won three times in his first season on the Web.com Tour in 2014.
“I talked to him and was like, ‘Hey, man, I know you’re good, but come on. Like, I can get you sometimes,’” Munoz said. “So that really helped me kind of push through and realize I was good as well.”
Munoz won the Conference USA individual title in 2015 and earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour last year. He’s still looking for his first top-10 finish.
Starting his second round on the back nine, Munoz birdied four of his first seven holes, making three putts of over 20 feet. After two bogeys on the front nine, he made a 13-footer for birdie from the fringe on the par-4 seventh. He was at 12-under 128.
No first-round leader has won at Old White TPC since the tournament debuted in 2010. Munoz’s closest challengers all have victories on tour.
Swafford, who hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation Friday, won the CareerBuilder Challenge in January and has two other top 10 finishes this season.
Martin, who won in Las Vegas in 2014, is coming off his first top 10 finish of the year last week at the Quicken Loans National.
Martin shot 67 and Swafford had a 66. Both were at 9 under.
Davis Love III, seeking to become the oldest-ever winner on the PGA Tour, followed up his first-round 63 with a 69. He was at 8 under, along with defending champion Danny Lee (68) and Russell Henley (64).
Phil Mickelson accomplished one thing he never managed with longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay on the bag — he made the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. He did not play the weekend in three previous starts.
Ryan Brehm (Michigan State) shot 67 and made the cut at 1-under 139. Mickelson (72) also was at 1 under.
At Oneida, Wisconsin, 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 LPGA Classic.
The 35-year-old Australian played the back nine in 7-under 29 on Friday at Thornberry Creek, the Oneida Nation-owned resort near Green Bay. Kirk eagled the par-5 13th and hit a hybrid to 4 feet on the 196-yard, par-3 17th for her final birdie of the day. She was 13 under through two rounds.
Kirk has two career victories, most recently in 2010. She finished her round before a 3 hour, 30-minute delay for lightning in the area.
Jaye Marie Green birdied eight of her final 12 holes to shoot 66 and was three shots back. Sandra Gal was also 10 under through 13 holes before play was suspended because of darkness.
At Portstewart, Northern Ireland, 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 and was 1 over for the tournament, which he is hosting to benefit his foundation. He was four strokes below the cut mark and 14 strokes off the joint leaders, Benjamin Hebert and Daniel Im.
McIlroy also missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month and hasn’t had a victory so far in 2017, during which he has had two spells out because of a rib injury. He will play one more event — the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links next week — before the British Open, which starts on July 20 at Royal Birkdale.
The only time he made the cut at the Irish Open since 2012 was last year, when he won. He finished this year’s event by slamming his driver onto a tee marker following a poor drive on the seventh, his 16th hole of the day, before making double-bogey on the next hole.
Jon Rahm, playing in the same group as McIlroy, shot 67 to be alone in third place, a stroke off the lead held by the pair that also topped the leaderboard after the first round. Hebert and Im both shot 67 in their second rounds.
The No.2-ranked Hideki Matsuyama shot 68 and was five shots back.