Sam Burns takes lead at American Express

Burns had an outstanding second round with a score of -11 with no bogey, playing on the Nicklaus Tournament Course and earning two eagles

by Andrea Gussoni
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Sam Burns takes lead at American Express
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In the world of the PGA Tour, golfers have reached the halfway point of their usual weekly tournament, The American Express, which offers a prize pool of $8.4 million. This tournament, which has origins in 1960 and has changed names several times over the years, including the famous Desert Classic, saw Sam Burns emerge as the leader after 36 holes.

The American leads the rankings with an overall score of -17 (127 shots) and has a margin of just one shot over compatriot Michael Kim.

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Burns had an outstanding second round with a score of -11 with no bogey, playing on the Nicklaus Tournament Course and earning two eagles.

In third place is the South Korean K.H. Lee and the American Nick Dunlap, the latter still an amateur, with a score of -15. Dunlap confirmed his surprising performance from the first round with a solid -7. The leaderboard is extremely close, with as many as 50 players just seven strokes behind the leader.

In the top ten, with a score of -14, are the Swede Alex Noren, the Canadian Adam Hadwin, the South Korean Si Woo Kim, the South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, and the Americans Eric Cole and Patrick Cantlay. Ben Martin, of the United States, made a remarkable recovery, moving up 37 places thanks to a superb -8 and placing himself in 17th place with -12.

It should be noted that, unlike some other tournaments, the cut in this event only occurs at the end of the third round rather than after 36 holes. This means that many players still have the opportunity to recover over the weekend.

However, Kevin Kisner is one of the few who is struggling and is even at the bottom of the rankings with +5. During the late Italian evening, the third of the four rounds scheduled for the tournament will take place. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the responsibility of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

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