Sungjae Im, Ramey inseparable in PGA Open

Matt Jones is tied sixth in the PGA Tour's Children's Open where he is three behind the leaders.
Camera IconMatt Jones is tied sixth in the PGA Tour's Children's Open where he is three behind the leaders. Credit: AP

Chad Ramey and South Korea's Sungjae Im both birdied their final hole of the second round to post identical scores and lead the PGA Tour's Shriners Children's Open in Las Vegas.

Im and Ramey followed up their opening 63 with a 65 on Friday to head the leaderboard by one from Americans Sam Burns and Adam Schenk.

Aaron Wise turned in a 62, the best round of the day, to move into fifth place at 12 under.

Andrew Putnam (64), Matthew Wolff (67), Talor Gooch (67), Canada's Adam Hadwin (64), Australia's Matt Jones (67), Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini (66) and England's Harry Hall (65) share sixth place at 11 under.

Australian Marc Leishman shot another 67 to be eight under in a tie for 17th.

First-round leader Sung Kang of South Korea followed up a 61 with a 73, leaving him eight under and tied for 17th. Defending champion Martin Laird of Scotland is tied 30th at seven under following a 68.

Im, a 23-year-old who earned his only PGA Tour victory at the 2020 Honda Classic, completed a bogey-free round with three birdies on each nine.

"I feel pretty good about my game overall, and I just want to keep these feelings and try to have a good week this week," Im said.

"Even though I'm in the lead, I'm top of the leaderboard, there's two days left to play, so I'll try to keep focused on my game.

"It's going to be difficult if it's windy, so I have to be more strategic to the course management."

Ramey, a rookie who has never made the top 25 at a PGA Tour event, started hot on Friday. Playing the back nine first, he had five birdies and was bogey-free.

He then bounced back from a bogey at No.1 to birdie the sixth and ninth.

"I hit it really well off the tee all day," Ramey said. "The putter made a lot of putts on my front nine, which was the back nine, and I got off to a good start.

"Putter went a little cold on (my second) nine, but I was still hitting great putts and managed to make a couple of birdies coming in."

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