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Rahm pleased his rest paid off in Memphis

26th July 2019, 16:32 by Craig Smithson

Jon Rahm claims some good rest this week helped him record a first-round 62 and the early lead at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

The 24-year-old Spaniard's storming eight-under-par bogey-free round at the TPC Southwind course in Memphis was enough to give him a three-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson, Cameron Smith, Hideki Matsuyama and Shugo Imahira going into Friday's action.

And Rahm revealed that after a hectic run of tournaments, including two majors, his home Spanish Masters and a win at the Irish Open, he opted to take the start of the week off and then cut short his planned 18-hole practice session on Wednesday.

He told the PGA Tour website: "I didn't do anything Monday or Tuesday, I just rested and stretched at the hotel, in the room.

"And then yesterday I came with the plan of playing 18 holes. I putted and warmed up, and after four holes... I was dead. I couldn't swing properly. I was really tired, so I just decided to just finish the round of nine holes, eat and just putt a little bit and go.

"I tried to put a little emphasis on being rested and it paid off today. Obviously I have three more days to go and hopefully the battery lasts, but that was the main deal for me."

On his opening round, Rahm added: "My last 10 holes, I made a lot of putts. I hit really good putts and I read the greens properly, but I think the main key out of all that, it was my positioning."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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