LA QUINTA, Calif. — PGA Tour rookie Davis Thompson carried out his first six holes in 7 beneath, along with consecutive eagles, and shot a career-low 10-under 62 at La Quinta on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Jon Rahm and 4 others after the first spherical of The American Categorical.
The 23-year-old Thompson acquired off to an excellent start by birdieing three of the first 4 holes after which making eagle on every par-5s on the doorway 9, Nos. 5 and 6. He made the flip in 8-under 28, the underside front-nine ranking at La Quinta.
“I merely acquired off to a scorching start and easily kind of coasted on my technique in,” acknowledged Thompson, who accomplished with a birdie. “It’s on a regular basis good to see some putts go in early and give you confidence to solely protect it rolling.”
Rahm, the world’s fourth-ranked participant who gained two weeks prior to now at Kapalua, shot 64 at La Quinta, definitely considered one of three applications getting used for the first three rounds. After the cut back at 54 holes, the last word spherical will most likely be carried out on the Stadium Course at PGA West.
“I will probably be picky about a complete lot of points. However it’s a improbable start to the occasion,” Rahm acknowledged. “You’ll have the ability to’t really win it on this golf course, nevertheless it’s possible you’ll constructive fall off the tempo. It’s a improbable start, secure spherical of golf, good putting available on the market. Hopefully I can protect that going the complete week and actually really feel a little bit of bit increased tee to inexperienced.”
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Sixth-ranked Xander Schauffele, inside the self-discipline after having exams on muscle spasms in his once more, was in a bunch of 9 at 7-under 65. He moreover eagled No. 5 at La Quinta.
Thompson acknowledged he had warmup after which “had good numbers” on the holes the place he made eagle.
“I actually missed the inexperienced on 6 and chipped in. I put two good swings on it and had a really good chip and a extraordinarily good putt,” he acknowledged.
Whereas this was his first aggressive spherical at PGA West, Thompson acknowledged he stopped proper right here and carried out the Nicklaus course sooner than going to Hawaii for closing week’s Sony Open. “So I was a little bit of acquainted with it,” acknowledged Thompson, who will play that course on Friday.
Rickie Fowler shot 68 at La Quinta. Fowler is collaborating in his first occasion of 2023 after having two excessive 10s inside the fall, along with a runner-up finish on the Zozo Championship in Japan.