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Saturday, January 22, 2022 1:00 am

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Cantlay cards 68 in wind totake lead

Associated Press

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Patrick Cantlay fought through gusting wind on his back nine Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at The American Express in a bid to win for the third time in four starts.

Tied for the first-round lead with Lee Hodges after a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club, Cantlay shot a 68 on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 14-under 130.

“I actually putted really well today and made nothing,” Cantlay said. “The greens were a little beat up and it was hard to make putts. But I rolled it really well and I rolled it how I wanted to, I just didn't get any to go in.”

Tom Hoge was second after a 66 on PGA West's Stadium Course.

Joseph Bramlett, playing in the last group off the 10th tee at La Quinta, bogeyed the final two holes in strong wind for a 67 to drop into a five-man tie for third at 12 under.

Will Zalatoris birdied his last seven holes on the Nicklaus layout for a 61 to also join Cameron Young (68), Lanto Griffin (65) and Greyson Sigg (67) at 12 under. Young played at Nicklaus, and Griffin and Sigg at the Stadium.

Top-ranked Jon Rahm was 8 under after a 70 at the Nicklaus layout.

Tournament host Phil Mickelson was 155th in the 156-man field at 7 over. He shot a 73 at Nicklaus after opening with a 78 at La Quinta.

LPGA TOUR: In Orlando, Florida, Nelly Korda's start in 2022 has been a continuation of the monster season she put together a year ago. Korda, at 23 the No. 1 player in the women's game, shot 6-under 66 at Lake Nona on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Gaby Lopez and Danielle Kang at the midway point of the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.

Through two rounds, Korda is at 10-under 134. Her older sister and the defending champion, 28-year-old Jessica Korda, is two shots back.

Lopez, who led after 18 holes, overcame two late bogeys with a closing birdie of her own, chipping in at the par-4 18th for a 68.

Kang, a runner-up to Jessica Korda in this event a year ago, posted a bogey-free 67, including a 7-iron from 155 yards that she holed for eagle at the par-4 seventh. Jessica Korda also shot a bogey-free 67.

DP WORLD TOUR: At Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Rory McIlroy rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt at the last and was set to join Collin Morikawa in making the cut on the number in a brutal second round at the Abu Dhabi Championship that brought some of the world's best golfers to their knees.

Gusts up to 40 mph off the Persian Gulf coastline caused havoc at Yas Links, with just five of the 93 players who completed their round shooting under par in conditions typically linked with the British Open.

Scott Jamieson ended the day where he started it – in the lead – despite a 2-over 74 that was 11 shots worse than he hit on Thursday. Viktor Hovland remained in second place, still a stroke off the lead, after also shooting 74.

McIlroy (75) and Morikawa (74), the two star names in the field, were both 3 over for the tournament.


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