Si Woo Kim holds off Cantlay to win The American Express

Brenda Watkins
January 25, 2021

Kim, 25, carded a stunning final-round 8-under 64 to finish on 23-under par and one shot clear of Patrick Cantlay, who fired an incredible course-record 11-under 61. Finau and Kim both played 67. Heavy cloud cover never turned to rain on Friday, but there is a possibility of afternoon showers on Saturday. Precipitation finally fell in earnest when the final group reached the 18th hole, with Finau and Kim forced to pull out their umbrellas. He got going with a five-foot birdie at the second and added three straight at the fourth, fifth and sixth - where he rolled in a 33-footer.

World number 398 Hagy, seeking his first PGA title, only made the field when second-ranked Spaniard Jon Rahm withdrew.

Homa is in prime position for his second career win in his first tournament of the new year. "I three-putted 17 at Riviera for par and then bogeyed 18 to miss the cut there", he said. With fewer golfers on course, the pros are also playing on only two courses instead of the usual three. "I started drawing a line on the ball and as I visualize my putts, that seemed to work pretty well", said a delighted Im. I've actually had a good offseason, where I haven't had as much time off as I normally would take, because it's been so much shorter.

"Greens were rock hard and you know it was it was just a difficult day. It feels like home".

Although Cantlay's weekend rounds of 65-61 ultimately proved one shot shy of his fourth career TOUR victory victory, the 18-under two-day total tied Rocco Mediate (2003) for the best score in relation to par in the final two rounds of a 72-hole event on TOUR, and his 20 birdies in the final two rounds was the most by a player in a 72-hole non-major event.

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Finau put his tee shot in the water on the 13and then missed a 10-inch putt, but the Utah native rebounded with three of his eight birdies on a series of impressive approach shots. And that was despite his putter letting him down at times.

Although Sungjae Im hasn't been on the PGA Tour for very long, the 22-year-old South Korean is already feeling extremely comfortable on the generous desert courses of the American Express.

"I tried to keep patient and I believed in myself and I got the chance on 16 and 17 and that's when I could make it and I'm happy with that", Kim said. I've always liked this place.

"I feel comfortable playing at The American Express and visually from the tee box it's a course that I really like and enjoy to play, so I feel really comfortable throughout the round and the two courses that we're playing this week", said Im, who finished tied 10th here past year. "It just fits my eye".

Australia's Cameron Davis had the shot of the day on the 15, holing out for eagle from 157 yards away from a section of rough below the fairway. Emiliano Grillo (66), Francesco Molinari (66) and Doug Ghim (68) were two shots off the lead, and eight more were at 8 under.

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