PGA Tour rookies hold sway at the Stadium Course

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PGA Tour rookie Paul Barjon has played his last six holes each round this week at The American Express in 4-under par. Photo: journaltime.com

Through 54 holes, a pair of PGA Tour rookies, each making their 14th Tour start, sit tied for the lead at The American Express after 54 holes.

Rookie Paul Barjon has played his last six holes each round this week in 4-under par.

Fellow rookie Lee Hodges shot 64, two rounds removed from an opening-round 10-under 62.

With one bogey through 54 holes, Tom Hoge closed in on his first career PGA Tour title in 201st start.

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Seamus Power played first six holes in 6-under in bid for second-consecutive top-5 finish on Tour. With a win Sunday, he is projected to move to No. 2 in the FedExCup.

2017 American Express champion Hudson Swafford birdied four of last five holes to get within three of the lead.

 

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Making his second start in The American Express (MC/2020), Harry Higgs posted a bogey-free 5-under 67 on the Stadium Course and sits T5 at 15-under 201; best of 60 career PGA Tour starts are two runner-up finishes (2019 Bermuda Championship, 2020 Fortinet Championship).

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After opening his fourth start at The American Express with a 10-under 62 (LQ) and 4-under 68 (NT), Patrick Cantlay (T11/-14) lost ground with an even-par 72 on the Stadium Course, ending his streak of consecutive rounds in the 60s on Tour at 21.

World No. 1 and 2018 American Express champion Jon Rahm (T15/-13) offset one bogey with six birdies on the Stadium Course to post a 5-under 67.

 

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In his bid to become the first player to successfully defend his American Express title since Johnny Miller in 1976, Si Woo Kim sits T24 at 11-under 205.

Making his 19th start in The American Express, two-time tournament champion (2002, 2004) Phil Mickelson missed the cut for a third consecutive season (7-over 223).

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