Rahm, stumbling debut

The Basque opens his number one in Memphis with the pair of the field, on a bad day from the tee. But McIlroy was worse. Sergio García, with -3.

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The cameras, not the eyes of the public as there is none in a United States plagued by the pandemic, targeted Jon Rahm on the first day of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. To Barrika's Lion, who premiered number one at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Purple now belongs to the 25-year-old Basque, who began his stumbling defense. He ended up in the field par. Ahead, Brooks Koepka sent with -8 and was followed by Rickie Fowler (-6). Sergio García had a good start, with -3.

Rahm started with the aim of emerging as leader of the WGC World Cup, to consolidate himself to reach the PGA Championship in San Francisco next week with the highest morale to attack his first big one. Rory McIlroy, the best placed rival to dislodge him, had a disastrous day (+3). You should win the tournament to get one back. And Justin Thomas, another one with options, grew up in the last part of the route (-4) and is a threat.

Rahm, paired with 'robocop' Bryson DeChambeau (has gained 20 kg of muscle), which started as a shot and then deflated, was not fine from the tee. He penalized four bogeys but made up for it with four birdies (one in the final hole). It was a day not to win the tournament, but to stay in options to fight it. Or at least keep one. And there it is.



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