The American Express: Sam Burns posts career-low round to rise into midway lead in California|Golf News

Sam Burns shot a second-round 61 as he took a one-shot midway lead at The
American Express competition in California.

Burns’ career-low round leaves him on 17 under, one shot ahead of fellow American Michael Kim with South Korea’s KH Lee with American amateur Nick Dunlap a more shot back.

A set of eagles and 7 birdies had actually put Burns in with an opportunity of breaking 60, however he might just par the last 2 holes.

Burns made eagle putts at the par-five 4th and 11th holes while including a three-birdie work on the front 9 and a four-birdie stretch on the back, teasing a possible 59 before completing with 2 pars.

” On 4 I struck an actually great tee shot therein, had five-iron in. Strike it to most likely 15 feet approximately, had the ability to make it. Then strike an excellent one off 11,” stated Burns.

” Had an actually great number, best seven-iron. Strike it in there near 3 feet. Those were crucial holes today, for sure.”

Sam Burns
Sam Burns delighted in among the very best days in his golf profession up until now on Friday

The 27-year-old, who has actually won 5 PGA Trip occasions because May 2021, need to play his 3rd round at the Arena Course, thought about the hardest of the 3 courses.

” I played well around there in the past, so, ideally, attempt to sort of construct on that, and head out there and simply struck as numerous quality shots as possible, see if we can make some putts,” Burns stated.

Kim accumulated 10 birdies and simply one bogey on the day. He remains in the hunt for his 2nd profession PGA Trip win five-and-a-half years after his very first at the 2018 John Deere Classic.

” I have actually been actually attempting to focus more on the procedure, instead of the outcome,” Kim stated. “Simply ensuring I get my physical fitness down the week previously, some great practice, do what I require to do in the practice rounds. Ideally, the outcomes look after themselves.”

K.H. Lee
KH Lee is just a shot behind Burns and you can enjoy the 3rd round on Saturday from 7pm on Sky Sports Golf

Amateur Dunlap remains in the mix at 15 under through 2 rounds. His bogey-free 65 at the Arena Course rose the 20-year-old into a tie for 3rd with South Korea’s KH Lee.

A group of 6, consisting of American Ryder Cup star Patrick Cantlay and joint over night leader Alex Noren of Sweden, rest on 14 under par. Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a second-round of 67 to lie 7 shots off the lead.

First-round co-leader Zach Johnson is at 13 under after a 69 with Justin Thomas shot on 12 under in his season launching and world No 1 Scottie Scheffler on 11 under.

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