Rahm's solvent start in his new defense of the throne

The Basque (-2) closed the first day of the Northern Trust with a good taste. He is one blow from Thomas, his main rival for one, and five from the head.


Jon Rahm's first defense of the number one in the ranking recovered in the PGA Championship started with a good taste for the Biscayan. In its debut at the Northern Trust, the FedExCup's first playoff event, it went to -2, with this Friday's cut pointing to be somewhere below par.

Rahmbo leaves thus in a good disposition to play the weekend. And he's not far from the top, a leading trio of Australia's Cameron Davis and Americans Kevin Streelman and Harris English at -7. If he did not finish closer to them in a first round with good sensations from the tee (9 of 14 fairways) it was because he made few birdie opportunities with his second hits despite 'hunting' many greens. Even so, he scored three, one in the last to close with a smile for the second day. The bogey at 7 was its only blemish.

A impact hits Justin Thomas, the main threat in the fight for the world throne. Of the rest of the contenders, Rory McIlroy (-2) and Dustin Johnson (-4) managed to beat the field and the young sensation Collin Morikawa (pair), flaming winner of the PGA Championship two weeks ago at the age of 23, could have work to pass the cut.

"Things are improving"

"Little by little things are improving after weeks in which I did not know where my irons were going," said Rahmbo, who plays this week with the peace of mind of someone who is assured of his presence in the next event of the playoff, the BMW Championship, in which the top 70 of the FedEx ranking will play at the end of this event.

The only thing in his sight is to approach the loot of 15 million dollars that is reserved for the winner of the circuit and to stay on top of the world during his particular Tourmalet, which started this week at TPC Boston in Norton (Massachusetts) and will culminate at the US Open in mid-September.

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