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Golfer Sebastian Munoz drives ball straight into trash can at PGA Championship

What a rubbish shot! Golfer Sebastian Munoz drives ball into a garbage bag at the PGA Championship – but manages to save par on the hole

  • Golfer Sebastian Munoz pulled his tee shot into a garbage bag along the grandstand on the 18th hole during the opening round of the PGA Championship
  • Munoz was told by a tournament official that he needed to reach in and pull out the ball. However, he was given a free drop and handed the dirty ball to a fan 
  • Impressively, he still managed to save par on the hole, but finished +5 on the day 

Professional golfer Sebastian Munoz could have safely described his game as ‘trash’ on Thursday and he wouldn’t be speaking figuratively.

Munoz knocked his tee shot into a garbage bag on the 474-yard 18th hole during the opening round of the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The ball bounced along the grandstand before falling neatly into the rubbish, igniting a round of cheers from the gallery. 

‘Do I have to get it?’ Munoz was heard asking a tournament official, who instructed him to do so.  

Sebastian Munoz pulled his tee shot into a garbage bag along the grandstand on the 18th hole during the opening round of the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Munoz was told by a tournament official that he needed to reach in and pull out the ball

Munoz was told by a tournament official that he needed to reach in and pull out the ball 

Fans applauded as the ball bounced along the grandstand and into the trash bag

Fans look at the trash bag after Munoz's ball fell into it

Fans applauded as the ball bounced along the grandstand and into the trash bag 

Munoz, 28, ended up taking a free drop after retrieving his ball from the garbage and giving it to a nearby fan.

Impressively, the native Colombian still managed to save par, but still finished +5 on the day after bogeying five of his final nine holes.

One man could be heard yelling ‘fore, left!’ as Munoz’s ball was carried by the heavy breeze that has affected golfers over the first two rounds.  

Wind has been a major problem over the tournament’s first two days, with the 18th hole proving to be particularly difficult.

Several other golfers ended up copying Munoz’s approach on the hole because the 18th fairway is blocked by several bunkers. Hitting a tee shot along the grandstand, which was technically in play, and taking a free drop proved to be a popular strategy.

‘I wasn’t trying to hit it in there by any means, but definitely from that up tee (in use Thursday), it’s in play,’ said former PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who shot 69 on Thursday. ‘I feel bad for all those people up there. They’d better have their hard hats on today. They’re going to be firing them in there all day.’

Impressively, the native Colombia still managed to save par, but still finished +5 on the day after bogeying five of his final nine holes

Impressively, the native Colombia still managed to save par, but still finished +5 on the day after bogeying five of his final nine holes

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