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Hagy, Ramey share lead at PGA event

Brandon Hagy of the United States reacts to a putt on the seventh green during round one of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 (Friday in Manila) in Southampton, Bermuda. AFP PHOTO

MIAMI: Americans Brandon Hagy and Chad Ramey each fired a six-under-par 65 in windy conditions to share the lead after the opening round of the US PGA Bermuda Championship on Thursday, October 28 (Friday in Manila).

Hagy birdied four of his first five holes while Ramey birdied three of his last four in a bogey-free round to set the pace at Port Royal Golf Club in Southampton, Bermuda.

“It laid down a little bit for us,” Hagy said of the wind. “I hit a lot of good putts and they went in. I tried to keep my head down and make some good shots.”

There were 13 players who were unable to finish their opening round before darkness who will complete play Friday before starting their second rounds.

American Vincent Whaley, who finished just before sunset, was third on 66 after an eagle and two birdies in his last four holes.

New Zealand’s Danny Lee, South African Garrick Higgo, Ireland’s Seamus Power, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, England’s David Skinns and American Justin Lower shared fourth on 67.

Hagy, Ramey and Whaley all seek their first tour title.

Hagy, who began on the back nine, birdied the 11th through 14th holes before a double bogey at 15. He answered with a birdie at the par-5 17th and added back-to-back birdies at the second and third plus the fifth and sixth holes before a bogey at the par-5 seventh.

He entered the event after playing last week in Japan.

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