At the American Express Tournament on the PGA Tour in the United States, Kyung-Hoon Lee tied for third on the first day.
Kyung-Hoon Lee hit 8-under 64 with 10 birdies and 2 bogeys in the first round stadium course (par 72, 7,113 yards) held at PGA West in La Quinta, California, USA.
American Express tours three PGA West courses, including the Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course (par 72, 7,159 yards), and La Quinta Country Club (par 72, 7,60 yards), after playing rounds 1 to 3 and then returning to the stadium course. The competition is held in the traditional way with the final round.
Kyung-Hoon Lee, who started the game by committing a bogey on the 10th hole (par 4), caught birdies on the 11th hole (par 5) and the 12th hole (par 4), and then caught the 14th hole (par 4) and the 16th hole (par 4). Par 5) and 17th hole (par 3) added 3 birdies to finish the first half at 4 under.
Kyung-Hoon Lee, who caught birdies on the 1st (par 4) and 2nd (par 4) holes in the second half, faltered with the 5th hole (par 5), but the 7th (par 4), 8 (par 5) and 9th holes Caught 3 birdies in a row at (par 4) and raised the rankings.
Kyung-Hoon Lee, who has been on the PGA regular tour since the 2018-2019 season, is aiming for his second PGA championship in this tournament.
Kyunghoon Lee won his first PGA title at AT&T Byron Nelson in May of last year, his 80th tournament.
Last year’s winner, Siwoo Kim, tied for 40th at La Quinta Country Club by tying 7 birdies, 1 bogey, and 1 double bogey to a 4-under-par 68.
Noh Seung-yeol, who hit 4-under on the stadium course, also tied for 40th with Kim Si-woo.
Patrick Cantlay of the United States, who finished runner-up by Si-Woo Kim in last year’s competition, tied one eagle and eight birdies on the La Quinta course, tied for the lead with Lee Hodges (USA) with a 10-under 62 shot.
World No. 1 Jon Lam (Spain), who is aiming for his second championship since 2018, finished the first day in a tie for 13th by hitting 6 under par 66 with 6 birdies without bogey on the La Quinta course.
Sungjae Lim was tied for 52nd at 3-under, and Sunghoon Kang was tied for 96th at 1-under.
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