The first round of The American Express was a bit short on star power at the top, but it still produced an interesting leaderboard heading into Friday’s second round. Brandon Hagy leads after firing an 8-under 64 on the slightly easier Nicklaus Course (both the Nicklaus Course and Stadium Course are being used this week for the full-field event).
The entire board behind Hagy is severely bunched up as nearly 40 players are within four of his 8-under lead. At one point on Thursday, 14 (!!) golfers shared a tie for first place. Given the construction of this board and the fact that Hagy has never won as a professional, and the entire event is wide open.
Let’s take a closer look at Hagy’s first round as well as where some of the stars in this tournament ended up after 18 holes.
1. Brandon Hagy (-8): Hagy — who got…