The American Express R1

Fowler chasing leaders in California

December 16-19
Stadium Course, La Quinta, California
$6,700,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

The American Express R1 - Fowler chasing leaders
Rickie Fowler. (Richard Sellers/PA)

Grayson Murray missed out on the chance for a sole first-round lead at the American Express in California after his 23-foot putt failed to find the ninth hole.

Starting on the back nine, American Murray strung together four birdies and reached the turn on a six-under 30.

Three more birdies followed, but the ninth was the sole blot on his book and saw him finish on eight under and tied for first with compatriot Zac Blair.


Amateurs compete alongside the pros at the tournament formerly called the Desert Classic, with one-armed Canadian Laurent Hurtubise making his mark after carding a hole-in-one on the fourth and throwing off his cap in celebration.

Three players – Hank Lebioda, former Masters runner-up Rickie Fowler and Scottie Scheffler – sit on seven under and tied for third, with a pack of eight sitting a shot further back, including Scotland’s Russell Knox.

Reigning champion Adam Long started his defence with a 69, mixing two bogeys with four birdies on his opening nine and picking up shots on the par-four 16th and 18th for a share of 49th place.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Zac Blair
USA
-8
64
T1
Grayson Murray
USA
-8
64
T3
Hank Lebioda
USA
-7
65
T3
Rickie Fowler
USA
-7
65
T3
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-7
65
T6
Andrew Landry
USA
-6
66
T6
Tyler Duncan
USA
-6
66
T6
Adam Schenk
USA
-6
66
T6
Tom Hoge
USA
-6
66
T6
Russell Knox
SCO
-6
66
T6
Roger Sloan
CAN
-6
66
T6
Cameron Davis
AUS
-6
66
T6
Chase Seiffert
USA
-6
66
T14
Josh Teater
USA
-5
67
T14
Cameron Champ
USA
-5
67
T14
Isaiah Salinda
USA
-5
67
T14
Kevin Streelman
USA
-5
67
T14
Brian Stuard
USA
-5
67
T14
Brian Harman
USA
-5
67
T14
J. T. Poston
USA
-5
67
T14
Jason Dufner
USA
-5
67
T14
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-5
67
T14
Tyler McCumber
USA
-5
67
T14
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-5
67
T14
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
67
T14
Nick Watney
USA
-5
67
T14
Scott Piercy
USA
-5
67
T14
Scott Stallings
USA
-5
67
T14
Andrew Putnam
USA
-5
67
T14
Alexander Noren
SWE
-5
67
T14
John Huh
USA
-5
67
T14
Lucas Glover
USA
-5
67
T14
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
67
T14
Matthew Wolff
USA
-5
67
T14
Ryan Armour
USA
-5
67
T14
Sebastian Cappelen
DNK
-5
67
T37
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-4
68
T37
Paul Casey
ENG
-4
68
T37
Bud Cauley
USA
-4
68
T37
Russell Henley
USA
-4
68
T37
Doc Redman
USA
-4
68
T37
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-4
68
T37
Abraham Ancer
USA
-4
68
T37
Bill Haas
USA
-4
68
T37
Ryan Moore
USA
-4
68
T37
Doug Ghim
USA
-4
68
T37
Matthew NeSmith
USA
-4
68
T37
Wes Roach
USA
-4
68
T49
Adam Long
USA
-3
69
T49
Cameron Tringale
USA
-3
69
T49
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-3
69
T49
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-3
69
T49
Talor Gooch
USA
-3
69
T49
Tony Finau
USA
-3
69
T49
Ryan Brehm
USA
-3
69
T49
Mark Hubbard
USA
-3
69
T49
Mark Wilson
USA
-3
69
T49
Sam Ryder
USA
-3
69
T49
Daniel Berger
USA
-3
69
T49
D. J. Trahan
USA
-3
69
T49
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
-3
69
T49
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-3
69
T49
Sepp Straka
AUT
-3
69
T49
Seung-Yul Noh
KOR
-3
69
T49
Kevin Na
USA
-3
69
T49
Steve Stricker
USA
-3
69
T49
Harold Varner III
USA
-3
69
T49
Richy Werenski
USA
-3
69
T49
Martin Laird
SCO
-3
69
T49
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-3
69
T49
Austin Cook
USA
-3
69
T49
Brendon Todd
USA
-3
69
T49
Michael Gligic
CAN
-3
69
T74
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-2
70
T74
Matthew Every
USA
-2
70
T74
Hudson Swafford
USA
-2
70
T74
Phil Mickelson
USA
-2
70
T74
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-2
70
T74
Michael Thompson
USA
-2
70
T74
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
70
T74
Nelson Ledesma
ARG
-2
70
T74
Ricky Barnes
USA
-2
70
T74
Brendan Steele
USA
-2
70
T74
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
70
T74
Kyle Stanley
USA
-2
70
T74
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-2
70
T74
Luke List
USA
-2
70
T74
Sam Saunders
USA
-2
70
T74
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-2
70
T74
Chris Stroud
USA
-2
70
T74
Aaron Wise
USA
-2
70
T74
Charles Howell III
USA
-2
70
T74
Kevin Stadler
USA
-2
70
T74
Zach Johnson
USA
-2
70
T95
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-1
71
T95
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
71
T95
Ben Taylor
ENG
-1
71
T95
Chris Baker
USA
-1
71
T95
Beau Hossler
USA
-1
71
T95
J. J. Spaun
USA
-1
71
T95
Greg Chalmers
AUS
-1
71
T95
Max Homa
USA
-1
71
T95
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
71
T95
Bo Hoag
USA
-1
71
T95
Kramer Hickok
USA
-1
71
T95
Michael Gellerman
USA
-1
71
T95
Vincent Whaley
USA
-1
71
T95
David Hearn
CAN
-1
71
T95
Harris English
USA
-1
71
T95
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-1
71
T95
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
-1
71
T95
Ben Crane
USA
-1
71
T95
Denny McCarthy
USA
-1
71
T95
Peter Malnati
USA
-1
71
T95
Kevin Chappell
USA
-1
71
T95
Robert Streb
USA
-1
71
T95
Scott Harrington
USA
-1
71
T95
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
71
T95
Sam Burns
USA
-1
71
T95
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
71
T95
Akshay Bhatia
USA
-1
71
T95
Robby Shelton
USA
-1
71
T123
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
72
T123
Hunter Mahan
USA
Par
72
T123
Zack Sucher
USA
Par
72
T123
Ben Martin
USA
Par
72
T123
Bronson Burgoon
USA
Par
72
T123
Bo Van Pelt
USA
Par
72
T123
James Hahn
USA
Par
72
T123
Rhein Gibson
AUS
Par
72
T131
Stewart Cink
USA
1
73
T131
Joseph Bramlett
USA
1
73
T131
Kristoffer Ventura
NOR
1
73
T131
Rob Oppenheim
USA
1
73
T131
Vince Covello
USA
1
73
T131
Francesco Molinari
ITA
1
73
T131
Jason Kokrak
USA
1
73
T131
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
73
T131
Rafael Campos
PRI
1
73
T140
Scott Brown
USA
2
74
T140
Billy Horschel
USA
2
74
T140
Charley Hoffman
USA
2
74
T140
Harry Higgs
USA
2
74
T140
Brandon Hagy
USA
2
74
T140
Cameron Percy
AUS
2
74
T140
Kevin Kisner
USA
2
74
T147
John Senden
AUS
3
75
T147
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
75
T147
Charles Reiter
USA
3
75
T147
Henrik Norlander
SWE
3
75
T151
Brian Smock
USA
4
76
T151
Brian Gay
USA
4
76
T153
Brice Garnett
USA
5
77
T153
Nate Lashley
USA
5
77
155
Martin Trainer
USA
6
78
RET
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
Par
87
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