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Golf: American Hagy edges South Korea's An, Kim to grab lead in American Express event American Express - Brandon Hagy birdies 18th, takes lead after Spherical 1 at The American Express
Cary Erickson | 23 January, 2021, 20:44

Hagy, who played the Nicklaus layout, was only one off his PGA career low round score, set past year at La Quinta. Countryman Si Woo Kim is amongst those in a big chasing pack after carding a 68 which featured six birdies while American Tony Finau (66), Mexico's Abraham Ancer (65), Nick Taylor of Canada (66), and overnight leader Brandon Haggy of the USA (70) joined Kim on 134.

World No. 398 Hagy, seeking his first PGA Tour title after missing the cut in five of his past six starts, took a one-stroke lead over South Korean An Byeong-hun. "But I'll go back and work on it and try to get ready for next week in San Diego". "That's what you have to do to make 10 birdies".

Hagy was added to the AmEx field Monday when second-ranked Jon Rahm abruptly dropped out without giving a reason to tour officials.

Scotsman Martin Laird, American Max Homa and 2017 Players Championship victor Kim Si-woo of South Korea were on 66. The projected cutline was at three-under-par. He had three consecutive birdies on the back nine of his bogey-less round, including a 24-foot bird putt on the 15th and an 18-footer on the island green in the 17th.

An, also playing the Nicklaus course, birdied the par-5 fourth and seventh with another birdie in between at the par-4 sixth.

Sungjae Im of Korea rode a hot putter to seize a one-shot lead following a blemish-free 7-under 65.

The 29-year-old is seeking his first US PGA victory, although he captured the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship in 2015 at Wentworth. Think about how many U.S. Opens he would've won if he'd ever done that in a USGA event.

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"I'm pretty satisfied with how I played all of my shots", Im said.

He credited extra hours on the practice putting green this week and drawing a line on his golf ball for his hot streak. "Obviously it's paying off".

After splitting the first two rounds over two courses, the players will all play the once-feared Stadium Course for the final two rounds.

"I feel comfortable playing at The American Express and visually from the tee box it's a course that I really like and enjoy to play, so I feel really comfortable throughout the round and the two courses that we're playing this week", said Im, who finished tied 10th here a year ago.

American Maverick McNealy, in a pack on 67, joined Dean Wilson from the 2009 final round as the only players to eagle the par-four sixth hole at the Nicklaus course, doing so in a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie run.

Mark Wilson withdrew from the event Thursday after testing positive for Covid-19 before the round began.