Davis Thompson takes two-shot lead over world number four Jon Rahm

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The 23-year-old shot a career-low 10-under 62 in the first round.
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January 20, 2023
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Davis Thompson took a two-stroke lead over world number four Jon Rahm and four others at La Quinta, California, on Thursday.

The 23-year-old American shot a career-low 10-under 62 in the first round of The American Express after he birdied three of the first four holes and then eagled both par-5s on the front nine, numbers five and six.

Thompson made the turn in eight-under 28, the lowest front-nine score at La Quinta, putting him two clear of Spain’s Rahm, Americans Tyler Duncan, Taylor Montgomery and Sam Burns, and Matti Schmid of Germany.

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Davis Thompson watches his shot on the 11th hole during the American Express golf tournament on the La Quinta Country Club Course (Mark J Terrill/AP)

Rahm shot 64 at La Quinta, one of three courses being used for the first three rounds.

The field also includes five of the top seven players in the world and 10 of the top 20.

Sixth-ranked Xander Schauffele, of the US, was in a group of nine at seven-under 65 after also eagling the fifth.

Second-ranked Scottie Scheffler and Patrick Cantlay each shot 68, while Will Zalatoris had a three-under 69 at the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

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Jon Rahm hits from the sixth tee during the American Express golf tournament on the La Quinta Country Club Course on Thursday (Mark J Terrill/AP)

Earlier this month, Rahm had overturned a seven-shot deficit to claim his eighth PGA Tour title in Hawaii.

Rahm won The American Express – then named the CareerBuilder Challenge – in 2018, but also hit the headlines 12 months ago for expressing his feelings on the easy conditions on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three used for the tournament.

“Piece of shit, f****** set-up, putting contest week, Jesus Christ,” Rahm was filmed saying walking off one of the greens in a video posted on social media.

Ahead of his return to the venue, the former US Open champion admitted to media that his comments from last year “might come bite me in the ass”.

“Although it was more venting off on the golf course,” he added.adium

“I think for me it’s obviously a great event and it’s got a lot of history. I’ve loved it every time I’ve come here, despite what I said on the golf course last year. That’s just a player letting out some frustration.”

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1Davis Thompson (LQ)-1062
T2Tyler Duncan (NT)-864
T2Taylor Montgomery (LQ)-864
T2Matti Schmid (SC)-864
T2Sam Burns (SC)-864
T2Jon Rahm (LQ)-864
T7Harrison Endycott (SC)-765
T7Dean Burmester (NT)-765
T7Eric Cole (NT)-765
T7Xander Schauffele (LQ)-765
T7Erik van Rooyen (SC)-765
T7J.T. Poston (NT)-765
T7Michael Block (NT)-765
T7Denny McCarthy (LQ)-765
T7Sungjae Im (NT)-765
T16Russell Knox (SC)-666
T16Keith Mitchell (SC)-666
T16Joseph Bramlett (NT)-666
T16Matthias Schwab (SC)-666
T16Tano Goya (SC)-666
T16Sahith Theegala (LQ)-666
T16Scott Piercy (LQ)-666
T16Trevor Werbylo (NT)-666
T16Justin Rose (LQ)-666
T16Greyson Sigg (NT)-666
T16Robby Shelton (SC)-666
T27Zach Johnson (SC)-567
T27Mark Hubbard (NT)-567
T27Wesley Bryan (NT)-567
T27Kevin Tway (NT)-567
T27Stewart Cink (LQ)-567
T27Michael Kim (SC)-567
T27Danny Lee (SC)-567
T27S.Y. Noh (NT)-567
T27Alex Smalley (SC)-567
T27Ryan Brehm (NT)-567
T27Byeong Hun An (NT)-567
T27Carson Young (NT)-567
T27Charley Hoffman (LQ)-567
T27Garrick Higgo (SC)-567
T27Jason Day (NT)-567
T42Austin Cook (NT)-468
T42Richy Werenski (NT)-468
T42Cameron Young (NT)-468
T42Scottie Scheffler (LQ)-468
T42Adam Hadwin (LQ)-468
T42Peter Malnati (NT)-468
T42MJ Daffue (LQ)-468
T42Christiaan Bezuidenhout (SC)-468
T42Brendon Todd (NT)-468
T42Brendan Steele (LQ)-468
T42Anders Albertson (SC)-468
T42Patrick Cantlay (LQ)-468
T42Andrew Landry (LQ)-468
T42Will Gordon (LQ)-468
T42Beau Hossler (LQ)-468
T42Taylor Moore (LQ)-468
T42Patrick Rodgers (LQ)-468
T42Stephan Jaeger (SC)-468
T42Harris English (SC)-468
T42Jimmy Walker (NT)-468
T42Ben Taylor (SC)-468
T42Rickie Fowler (LQ)-468
T64Troy Merritt (SC)-369
T64Jason Dufner (NT)-369
T64Emiliano Grillo (NT)-369
T64Lucas Glover (SC)-369
T64Will Zalatoris (NT)-369
T64Bill Haas (LQ)-369
T64Tony Finau (LQ)-369
T64Sam Ryder (SC)-369
T64Zac Blair (NT)-369
T64Andrew Putnam (SC)-369
T64Trevor Cone (LQ)-369
T64Kevin Chappell (NT)-369
T64Ryan Armour (LQ)-369
T64Tom Kim (LQ)-369
T64Dylan Wu (SC)-369
T64Nate Lashley (NT)-369
T64Chris Kirk (LQ)-369
T64Patton Kizzire (LQ)-369
T64Doug Ghim (LQ)-369
T64Thomas Detry (LQ)-369
T64Scott Harrington (LQ)-369
T85Nick Watney (NT)-270
T85John Pak (SC)-270
T85Nico Echavarria (SC)-270
T85Zecheng Dou (SC)-270
T85Aaron Wise (SC)-270
T85Augusto Núñez (SC)-270
T85S.H. Kim (NT)-270
T85Carl Yuan (NT)-270
T85Taiga Semikawa (NT)-270
T85Hank Lebioda (LQ)-270
T85Aaron Rai (NT)-270
T85Davis Riley (LQ)-270
T85Vincent Norrman (SC)-270
T85Si Woo Kim (LQ)-270
T85Wyndham Clark (SC)-270
T85Harry Higgs (SC)-270
T85Brandon Matthews (LQ)-270
T85Kevin Roy (NT)-270
T85Gunner Wiebe (NT)-270
T85Tyson Alexander (NT)-270
T85Nick Taylor (LQ)-270
T85Sam Stevens (LQ)-270
T107Kramer Hickok (SC)-171
T107Aaron Baddeley (SC)-171
T107Adam Long (LQ)-171
T107Chez Reavie (LQ)-171
T107Kevin Yu (NT)-171
T107Taylor Pendrith (LQ)-171
T107Sebastián Muñoz (SC)-171
T107David Lingmerth (SC)-171
T107Callum Tarren (SC)-171
T107Jonathan Byrd (NT)-171
T107Justin Lower (LQ)-171
T107Tom Hoge (SC)-171
T107Brian Harman (NT)-171
T107Caleb Surratt (NT) (a)-171
T107Danny Willett (NT)-171
T107Robert Streb (SC)-171
T107Martin Laird (LQ)-171
T124Paul Haley II (NT)Par72
T124Ben Martin (NT)Par72
T124Justin Suh (LQ)Par72
T124Cam Davis (SC)Par72
T124Philip Knowles (SC)Par72
T124Brian Stuard (NT)Par72
T124Ryan Moore (SC)Par72
T124K.H. Lee (SC)Par72
T124Brice Garnett (NT)Par72
T124Harry Hall (SC)Par72
T124David Lipsky (SC)Par72
T124Max McGreevy (LQ)Par72
T124Austin Eckroat (LQ)Par72
T137Chesson Hadley (SC)+173
T137Andrew Novak (LQ)+173
T137Luke List (SC)+173
T137James Hahn (NT)+173
T137Jhonattan Vegas (NT)+173
T137Michael Gligic (SC)+173
T137Erik Barnes (SC)+173
T137Ben Griffin (NT)+173
T145Michael Thompson (NT)+274
T145Dylan Frittelli (LQ)+274
T145Rory Sabbatini (SC)+274
T145Martin Trainer (NT)+274
T149Brandon Wu (SC)+375
T149Sung Kang (LQ)+375
T149Satoshi Kodaira (NT)+375
T149Matthew NeSmith (LQ)+375
T149Brent Grant (LQ)+375
T154Lee Hodges (SC)+476
T154Kyle Westmoreland (LQ)+476
156Adam Schenk (LQ)+577
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The American Express 2023

Date: January 19th - 22nd 2023

Location: La Quinta / Nicklaus Tournament Course / Pete Dye Stadium Course, La Quinta, California

Purse: $8,000,000

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