Former Mean Green Standout Sebastian Munoz Readies For British Open
Munoz Becomes First-Ever Mean Green Golfer To Play In The Open Championship
SOUTHPORT, England – Former Mean Green golfer Sebastian Munoz is set to do something that has never been done before by a North Texas men’s golf alum, tee off at The Open Championship. Munoz has the opportunity to play in the major, which not even the great Don January has done.
Munoz qualified for the tournament, held at the par 70 Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, by virtue of his career-best performance at The Greenbrier Classic a few weeks ago. He finished in a tie for third in West Virginia, boosting his earnings significantly, but also earning the opportunity to compete in his first career major.
The 146th Open Championship begins Thursday, July 20 and carries through Sunday, July 23. This marks the 10th time that the major championship has been held at the Royal Birkdale, and it is the first time since 2008.
The Colombian native fired a career-low round of 61 in the first round, and led most of the way from The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Though he ended up in a tie for third, he still brought home $411,800 of the $7.1 million purse as well as 162.50 points in the FedEx Cup. Those earnings vaulted the North Texas product into the top 150 earners on the PGA Tour, at No. 138 ($533,420).
Munoz becomes the sixth former Mean Green golfer to play in a major championship, joining the likes of Carlos Ortiz (U.S. Open in 2016), Anthony Broussard (U.S. Open in 2014), Cole Howard (U.S. Open in 2012), as well as Joel Edwards (PGA Championship in 1993, 1996 and 2002, as well as the U.S. Open in 1987 and 1993) and of course, January, who played in 10 majors throughout his career (PGA Championship in 1977-82 and The Masters in 1977-80).
Munoz is in the final group for round one on Thursday, along with British golfer Laurie Canter and Australian Ryan McCarthy at 10:16 a.m. CT (4:16 p.m. local time).
Fans can watch The Open Championship from 12:30 a.m.-3 p.m. CT live on The Golf Channel on both Thursday and Friday, from 3:30 a.m.-6 a.m. on The Golf Channel as well as 6 a.m.-2 p.m. on NBC on Saturday and 3-6 a.m. on The Golf Channel and 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on NBC on Sunday.