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Sam Saunders (64) leads Genesis Open by two after partial first round

Sam Saunders (64) leads Genesis Open by two after partial first round

Sam Saunders, by his own admission, never expected to shoot a round like he did at the Riviera Country Club  in the Genesis Open on Thursday.

And it’s understandable considering it was his first competitive round there and only the second time this week he has played 18 holes.

“You never really expect to go out and shoot 64 and be leading after the first day,” Saunders said. “I would like to get to that position, but … I don’t think I’m there yet, or at least my track record doesn’t prove that.”

Saunders, whose name has always carried an asterisk as Arnold Palmer’s grandson, has never won a tournament in 79 starts on the PGA Tour. On Monday, he stopped playing...

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