Sam Burns leads the Genesis with Jon Rahm to six strokes

The American was the first leader of the tournament with 64 shots, one less than Max Homa and Fitzpatrick. Rahm finished with 70 hits, 2 behind Dustin Johnson and Koepka.


The great performance of American Sam Burns who became the outstanding leader of the Genesis Invitational tournament, of the PGA Tour, when the first round was completed and delivered a signed card of 64 strokes (-7) .

Burns started the tour brilliantly at the Riviera Country Club, in Pacific Palisades (California), he made an eagle, and finished it better with three consecutive birdies that left him two strokes less than those achieved by his compatriot Max Homa and the English Matthews Fitzpatrick, who shared second place with a record of 66 strokes (-5) .

The 24-year-old golfer opened with a spectacular putt more than five meters away that allowed the round to finish his second record of 64 strokes, the third time he has achieved it so far this season.

Burns, seeking his first PGA Tour victory, couldn't have gotten off to a more hopeful start at one of the best courses of the year, against another loaded with big names.

"This golf course sometimes doesn't offer you many opportunities," Burns stated after completing his first round. "So I think just with that mindset, we were going to take what we could get."

American Patrick Cantlay, who was coming off chances to win in Palm Springs and Pebble Beach, extended his streak of good play with four birdies in his last nine and was placed inside the important group that finished with 67 shots (-4) .

In the same group was the young Chilean Joaquín Niemann, who returned to activity on the PGA Tour and achieved five birdies, including four in the second half of the round, with a bogey, the one he committed on the third hole, after starting the route with a birdie in par 5 of the first.

Another Latin American golfer, Colombian Sebastián Muñoz delivered a signed card of 68 strokes (-3) after making five birdies, including three in the first half of the round, and committed two bogeys (holes 9 and 13) .

American Dustin Johnson, the world's number one player who has performed at Riviera as well as anyone for the past 10 years, couldn't take advantage of the par-5s and still worked his way to a 68, mostly with five putts. over the last six holes.

His compatriots Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth, seeking his first title since 2017, also joined him in the same group of 68 hits (-3) .

The Spanish Jon Rahm, second in the world ranking, had a discreet record of 70 (-1) to share 34th place with 12 other players after making two birdies and a bogey.

Mexican Abraham Ancer did not show his best game either and finished with a signed card of 71 (par) after moving all the way on the sides of the hits and misses with four birdies and another four bogeys, the last one at hole 18.

Another Latin American golfer, the Colombian Camilo Villegas accompanied Ancer with the same record with three birdies and three bogeys, and both share the 47th position with 22 other players.

The Spanish Sergio García and the Argentine Guillermo Grilló delivered two signed cards of 72 strokes (+1) and shared the provisional position 71 of the classification.

While the Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who arrived after two great performances in recent tournaments, in which he fought for the title, was out of his best inspiration and finished with a record of 75 strokes (+4), which complicates his presence in the weekend's competition.

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