European Tour 2017 Rookie of the Year Jon Rahm did exactly what you’re supposed to do when you’re the big fish in the pond on Thursday.
Rahm fired a 10-under 62 to take the early lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. He recorded eight birdies and an eagle on the day, getting through the front nine at 6-under.
“You’re not going to make every single putt. You’re not going to hit every single shot perfect,” Rahm said. “I do feel like I could have made a couple more putts, just because I had so many that were makeable. But there’s a couple birdie putts, like the one on 14, that, if I’m being quite honest, I did not hit the line I wanted, and it still went in dead center.”
The 62 is the lowest round of his young PGA career.
“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.”
He leads Americans Andrew Landry, Austin Cook and Jason Kokrak by a singe stroke.
PGA rookie Taylor Gooch is off to his second fine start, sitting at 7-under and tied for ninth.
Defending champion Hudson Swafford shot a 6-under 66 and is tied for 15th.