MEMPHIS – Spaniard Jon Rahm enjoyed a dream day with the putter and charged to a three-shot lead with an eight-under-par 62 in the first round of the WGC-St. Jude Classic in Memphis on Thursday.
Rahm sank a bunch of medium-length putts in the 15-to-20-foot range, notching eight birdies at TPC Southwind, where he got up-and-down from 60 yards at his final hole to keep his card bogey-free.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and American Bubba Watson were among a group of five players a distant equal second after shooting 65s in unusually mild conditions.
World number one Brooks Koepka overcame a double-bogey at the 11th and picked up birdie at the last for a 68, one stroke better than Rory McIlroy, who also finished strongly with four birdies in the final five holes.
Rahm said he had had no trouble adjusting to the quicker Southwind greens after the relatively slow putting surfaces at last week's British Open.