The American Express R1

Brandon Hagy takes opening lead in California

January 21-24
PGA West Stadium Course &
Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, California
$6,700,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Brandon Hagy got into the American Express field on Monday when Jon Rahm withdrew with a minor injury and made the most of his opportunity on opening day. He shot ten birdies for an 8-under 64 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course to take a one shot lead over Byeong Hun An.


“I felt like I saw the greens really well, and the last couple of days, I felt like I was putting really well,” said Hagy. “Once I started to read them well, I knew if I could just keep doing what I was doing, I’d have a good shot to do something.”

Hagy bogeyed the first hole but quickly made up for it with a first run of three birdies from the 3rd to 5th holes, then a second starting at 7th. He falterered and bogeyed the par-3 12th before making a third run between the 13th and 15th and closing with another birdie at 18.



After turning pro in 2017, Hagy recorded his first top-10 finish at the RBC Canadian Open but an ongoing wrist injury made him miss the 2018 season. A back injury in 2019 meant he could only play in thirteen events and he made only eight cuts last year. Injury free and fully prepared, Hagy is ready to compete with the best.

“I’m happy with what I’ve been doing. I’m getting to a point now where I know exactly what I need to work on, and to just keep getting the reps.”


The Stadium Course was playing a stroke harder than the Nicklaus on opening day (71.05) and An, who lost six balls in a practice round there, made seven birdies and went bogey-free.

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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Brandon Hagy
-8
64
2
Byeong Hun An
-7
65
T3
Si Woo Kim
-6
66
T3
Martin Laird
-6
66
T3
Max Homa
-6
66
T6
Andrew Putnam
-5
67
T6
Ben Martin
-5
67
T6
Alex Noren
-5
67
T6
Doug Ghim
-5
67
T6
Maverick McNealy
-5
67
T6
Sam Ryder
-5
67
T6
Charl Schwartzel
-5
67
T6
Michael Thompson
-5
67
T6
Tyler Duncan
-5
67
T15
Jamie Lovemark
-4
68
T15
Adam Long
-4
68
T15
Josh Teater
-4
68
T15
Brian Harman
-4
68
T15
Aaron Baddeley
-4
68
T15
James Hahn
-4
68
T15
Kevin Streelman
-4
68
T15
Adam Schenk
-4
68
T15
Anirban Lahiri
-4
68
T15
Austin Cook
-4
68
T15
Patrick Reed
-4
68
T15
John Huh
-4
68
T15
Cameron Davis
-4
68
T15
Mark Hubbard
-4
68
T15
Kristoffer Ventura
-4
68
T15
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-4
68
T15
Chris Kirk
-4
68
T15
Rory Sabbatini
-4
68
T15
David Hearn
-4
68
T15
Cameron Tringale
-4
68
T15
Nick Taylor
-4
68
T15
Brendan Steele
-4
68
T15
Sungjae Im
-4
68
T15
Tony Finau
-4
68
T39
Lanto Griffin
-3
69
T39
Russell Knox
-3
69
T39
Grayson Murray
-3
69
T39
Joel Dahmen
-3
69
T39
Vincent Whaley
-3
69
T39
Rob Oppenheim
-3
69
T39
Patrick Rodgers
-3
69
T39
Francesco Molinari
-3
69
T39
Patton Kizzire
-3
69
T39
Richy Werenski
-3
69
T39
Patrick Cantlay
-3
69
T39
Tyler McCumber
-3
69
T39
Abraham Ancer
-3
69
T39
Camilo Villegas
-3
69
T39
Emiliano Grillo
-3
69
T39
Luke List
-3
69
T39
Jimmy Walker
-3
69
T39
Troy Merritt
-3
69
T39
Satoshi Kodaira
-3
69
T39
Hank Lebioda
-3
69
T39
Roger Sloan
-3
69
T39
Joohyung Kim
-3
69
T61
Sebastian Cappelen
-2
70
T61
Harry Hall
-2
70
T61
Danny Lee
-2
70
T61
Cheng Tsung Pan
-2
70
T61
Kelly Kraft
-2
70
T61
Xinjun Zhang
-2
70
T61
Wyndham Clark
-2
70
T61
Scottie Scheffler
-2
70
T61
Ryan Moore
-2
70
T61
Doc Redman
-2
70
T61
Matt Jones
-2
70
T61
J.T. Poston
-2
70
T61
Brice Garnett
-2
70
T61
Martin Trainer
-2
70
T61
Pat Perez
-2
70
T61
Andrew Landry
-2
70
T61
Gary Woodland
-2
70
T61
Tim Wilkinson
-2
70
T61
Mark Anderson
-2
70
T61
Erik van Rooyen
-2
70
T61
Kramer Hickok
-2
70
T61
Rhein Gibson
-2
70
T61
Fabián Gómez
-2
70
T61
Charley Hoffman
-2
70
T61
Ryan Armour
-2
70
T61
J.J. Spaun
-2
70
T61
Nelson Ledesma
-2
70
T61
Kyle Stanley
-2
70
T61
Bill Haas
-2
70
T61
Scott Piercy
-2
70
T91
Hudson Swafford
-1
71
T91
Matthew Wolff
-1
71
T91
Ben Taylor
-1
71
T91
Michael Gligic
-1
71
T91
Tom Hoge
-1
71
T91
Bo Hoag
-1
71
T91
Lucas Glover
-1
71
T91
Bronson Burgoon
-1
71
T91
Henrik Norlander
-1
71
T91
Chez Reavie
-1
71
T91
Aaron Wise
-1
71
T91
Sean O’Hair
-1
71
T103
William Gordon
E
72
T103
Zach Johnson
E
72
T103
Kevin Stadler
E
72
T103
Kevin Tway
E
72
T103
Ted Potter, Jr.
E
72
T103
Brooks Koepka
E
72
T103
Paul Casey
E
72
T103
Adam Hadwin
E
72
T103
Scott Brown
E
72
T103
Russell Henley
E
72
T103
Chase Seiffert
E
72
T103
John Augenstein (a)
E
72
T103
Sepp Straka
E
72
T103
Luke Donald
E
72
T103
Charles Howell III
E
72
T103
Michael Gellerman
E
72
T103
Akshay Bhatia
E
72
T120
Vaughn Taylor
1
73
T120
Cameron Percy
1
73
T120
Peter Malnati
1
73
T120
Jim Herman
1
73
T120
Beau Hossler
1
73
T120
Denny McCarthy
1
73
T120
Rickie Fowler
1
73
T120
Scott Harrington
1
73
T120
Brandt Snedeker
1
73
T120
Steve Jones
1
73
T120
Nate Lashley
1
73
T120
Keegan Bradley
1
73
T132
Brian Gay
2
74
T132
Robby Shelton
2
74
T132
Phil Mickelson
2
74
T132
Brian Stuard
2
74
T132
Nick Watney
2
74
T132
Talor Gooch
2
74
T132
Scott Stallings
2
74
T132
Seung-Yul Noh
2
74
T132
Michael Block
2
74
T132
Jason Dufner
2
74
T132
Rafael Campos
2
74
T143
Steve Stricker
3
75
T143
Kevin Na
3
75
T143
Bo Van Pelt
3
75
146
Hunter Mahan
4
76
T147
Cameron Champ
5
77
T147
Chesson Hadley
5
77
T147
Sam Burns
5
77
T147
Sung Kang
5
77
T147
Chris Baker
5
77
T152
Matthew NeSmith
6
78
T152
Michael Kim
6
78
154
Joseph Bramlett
7
79
155
John Senden
9
81
156
Matt Every
12
84
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