Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jon Rahm fires 10-under 62 to set early pace at CareerBuilder Challenge


Jon Rahm, pictured above, made an explosive start to the US PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge as he fired a superb 10-under 62 on a low-scoring first day in California
Rahm made eight birdies and one eagle on the La Quinta course to earn a one-shot lead over the American trio of Austin Cook, Jason Kokrak and Andrew Landry as a remarkable 124 players in the 156-man field finished the day under par.

"I feel super-rested and really in peace with my game and I think it shows," Rahm said. "Kapalua wasn't the best ball-striking week of my life, but I was able to scramble really well and keep calm and have a good score. Today, it was a complete opposite. I had one of the best ball-striking days of my life and just had it going."
Kokrak and Landry also took advantage of the generous La Quinta layout, with Landry making a spectacular eagle when he holed out from the fairway at the 469-yard 14th, while Cook's 63 was the best effort over the Nicklaus Tournament Course.In-form left-hander Brian Harman is in contention for the third week running after he returned a confident 65 at La Quinta, while defending champion Hudson Swafford is a stroke further adrift along with Adam Hadwin, who lit up last year's event with a stunning 59.
Phil Mickelson's first outing of the year got off to a flying start as he birdied four of the first six holes, but the five-time major champion stuttered down the stretch and bogeyed 14 and 18 to slip back to two under par.
But American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed has much ground to make up after managing only one birdie against three bogeys on the Nicklaus layout, leaving him tied for 141st after day one.



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