World number two Jon Rahm (7/4 – Tournament Outright) said he felt “especially comfortable” after a bogey-free opening round of 64 saw him feature in a six-way tie for the lead at the Mexico Open at Vidanta.
The Spaniard picked up five birdies and a late eagle to jump to the top of the leaderboard, where he is joined by five Americans all on seven under.
Jonathan Byrd (45/1 Outright), who birdied six of his first nine holes, Brendon Todd (14/1), Trey Mullinax (25/1), Bryson Nimmer (66/1) and Kurt Kitayama (18/1) are the others who went round in 64 on Thursday.
Rahm, who hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour since the Fortinet Championship in September, said he was particularly pleased with his tee shots which set him up to perform well overall on the opening day.
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He told the PGA Tour website: “[It was] really comfortable off the tee. Not like it’s ever bad, but today felt especially comfortable.
“It’s not the most demanding course off the tee, besides 10 and maybe 1, you’re not really in real danger of being in bad position, but even though it’s generous, when I’m hitting shots with the trajectory and the ball flight that I wanted, it just gives me more confidence for every other shot.”
Aaron Rai (22/1) is among four players all just a shot behind the leaders, with the highlight of the Englishman’s round of 65 coming on the par-five 14th when he landed an eagle.
The 27-year-old is joined on -6 by American trio Aaron Wise (12/1), Sahith Theegala (22/1) and Scott Brown (60/1), while another Englishman, David Skinns (1000/1), is on -2 after a 69, one shot ahead of Irishman Graeme McDowell (750/1).
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