Davis Thompson surprises, Jon Rahm second

In California, The American Express, a PGA Tour golf tournament (played with the Pro-Am formula), started under the banner of the American Davis Thompson. In La Quinta the American with a total of 62 (-10) precedes by two shots a pursuer quintet, all 2/i with 64 (-8), made up of his compatriots Tyler Duncan, Taylor Montgomery and Sam Burns, but also from the German Matti Schmid and, above all, from Jon Rahm, champion in 2018. The Spaniard, after winning three of the last five races played (between the top American men’s circuit and the DP World Tour), in the United States is chasing yet another business. But, even with a success, the Basque golfer (currently number 4 in the world) would not be able to oust Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy from the world throne, absent for the occasion.

Davis Thompson, results

On the other hand, a disappointing start for the other two most awaited big names, the Americans Scottie Scheffler and Patrick Cantlay. This week both have the possibility of climbing to first place in the world ranking (Scheffler is second, while the paradox – if Rahm’s situation is considered – is that Cantaly is fifth) but, currently, they share the 42nd position with 68 ( -4) in The American Express. In the Top 10, 7/o with 65 (-7), the Californian Xander Schauffele, gold medal at the Tokyo Games.

Surprising first round for Thompson. The 23-year-old, among the PGA Tour rookies, in the first seven holes played made three birdies (six in total) and two eagles (at 5 and 6).

Standing out as the first player since 2021 (Robert Streb in the CJ Cup) to achieve such an exploit.

The competition, which takes place on three different courses – the La Quinta Country Club, the Nicklaus Tournament Course and the Stadium Course – is giving away 8,000,000 dollars (1,440,000 the first coin) and is played over a distance of 72 holes , with a cut after 54 which will leave the best 65 classified in the race.

The PGA Tour is an organization that curates major professional golf tours in the United States. It is based in Ponte Vedra Beach, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida. Its official name is written in all capital letters, i.e. “PGA TOUR”.

The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968 when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers. Tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA “Tournament Players Division”, a fully autonomous division of the PGA, overseen by a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board. The name then officially changed to “PGA Tour” in 1975.