WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Jon Rahm in control with 3-stroke lead after Round 1

Written By Alexis Mansanarez
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Jon Rahm used a mistake-free round Thursday at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to climb atop the leaderboard.

Rahm, who is fresh off a near top-10 performance at the British Open, shot an 8-under 62 with five of his eight birdies on his back nine. But what was more impressive was his putting. Rahm missed just one putt inside 25 feet during the first round at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a perfect five for five from 15-20 feet.

He tied the low round of his PGA Tour career.

But, he has a star-studded field behind him.

There's a five-way tie for second place (5 under) highlighted by Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama. Behind them is a sizable group of Ian Poulter, Thorbjørn Olesen and Tyrrell Hatton, among others, tied for seventh (4 under).

Watson's round featured a birdie on his final hole after two bogeys on the par-4 10th and 13th holes.

Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are in a five-way tie for 13th (3 under) and in good position to move up the standings Friday.

Jordan Spieth nearly joined the top of the leaderboard after five birdies and just one bogey through 11 holes.

He was doing so well he was one stroke off the lead.

But then disaster struck and he carded two triple bogeys. Spieth was able to recover with two more closing birdies and sits in a tie for 36th place (even par) with the likes of Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Tony Finau and Kevin Na.

 

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