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Rahm takes early lead at Torrey Pines

25th January 2019, 09:04 by James Mason

Jon Rahm is confident of winning the Farmers Insurance Open for the second time after opening up an early one-stroke lead.

World number seven Rahm has fond memories of the PGA Tour event, having broken his professional duck at Torrey Pines in 2017, and he made a fast start to proceedings in Thursday's opening round.

The Spaniard, who had recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes ahead of the tournament, carded a brilliant 10-under-par 62 that included seven birdies, two eagles and just one bogey.

Rahm has opened up a one-shot lead from Englishman Justin Rose and American Doug Ghim and the first-round leader is feeling confident about his chances of lifting the trophy for the second time.

"There's a lot of happiness going on in this area for me, so I just feel I'm going to play good when I tee up," he said. "This is probably my favorite area. If you take into account the town and the vibe around Torrey Pines, this is my favourite golf course and golf tournament.

"I'm in a very positive state of mind and very confident. I know I can win any time that I tee up here."

Pan Cheng-tsung, known professionally as C. T. Pan, is in sole possession of fourth on -8, one shot clear of three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, who returned to form with a round of 65.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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