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Si Woo Kim shoots 64 on Sunday, takes title at American Express

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Using a birdie on the tournament’s 71st hole, Si Woo Kim fired a 64 on Sunday, capturing the title at the American Express on the Pete Dye Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California.

Kim’s 18-foot putt on No. 17 moved him to 23 under and was crucial in securing the title.

Kim got hot mid-round, using a string of six birdies on eight holes, starting at No. 4, to briefly take sole possession of the lead. The two-time winner on the PGA Tour hadn’t won since his 2017 victory in the Players Championship.

Patrick Cantlay, who made the cut on the number but then shot a 65 on Saturday during the third round, made the turn Sunday at 30 and didn’t slow down on the back. He took the lead at 22 under on the final hole by virtue of a 37-foot putt on the 18th hole, but then had to watch Kim, who had a string of holes remaining. Cantlay finished with a course record 61 on the day.

After making the birdie on No. 17, Kim was true on his final drive of the day, finding the fairway and then hitting the 18th green in regulation. He two-putted to victory.

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Tony Finau, who has routinely been near the top of leaderboards on Sundays before faltering, did so again. Finau was tied for the lead on the back nine, but knocked the ball in the water on the par-5 No. 11 and made bogey. He never really recovered, finishing fourth at 19 under behind Cameron Davis (-20).

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