Number of South Koreans tied for the lead Thursday at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Byeong Hun An and Sungjae Im matched 8-under 62s – both bogey-free, career-low scores – at Sedgefield Country Club. They led Americans Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner, Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes and Slovenia’s Rory Sabbatini by one stroke. An, 27, the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion, is looking for his first victory on the PGA Tour in his 94th start, though he won the 2015 BMW PGA on the European Tour. Im, 21, a first-year Tour player who also is winless, is making his 34th career start (scores). The Wyndham Championship is the final regular-season event and the last chance for players to rank among the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and qualify for next week’s playoff opener, the Northern Trust at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J.
First-round score for American Matt Atkins, who held a one-stroke lead at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Calif. Atkins, 28, a 2013 South Carolina-Aiken graduate, cruised around TPC Stonebrae with eight birdies in a bogey-free round. American Matt NeSmith stood second at 7-under 63 (scores). Atkins' results this season posed little indication of a breakthrough: only seven made cuts in 19 starts. In recent weeks, Atkins has been even less impressive: one made cut (a T-29) in his past eight starts. Atkins played the 2017-18 season on the PGA Tour after ranking 19th on the then-Web.com Tour in 2017, including a victory. He ranks 137th on the developmental tour’s season points list.
First-round score for South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai, whose 7-under total led the Women’s British Open at Woburn (England) Golf Club’s Marquess Course. Buhai, 30, a three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, is looking for her first victory on the LPGA. American Danielle Kang and Japan’s Hinako Shibuno shared second at 6-under 66 (scores).