Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm share lead as Rory McIlroy expenses into competition at Tour Championship

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm share the lead after the primary spherical of the PGA Tour Championship, however Rory McIlroy is lurking after a robust begin.

Johnson, the FedEx Cup chief forward of the season-ending occasion, carded a Three-under 67 at East Lake in Atlanta on Friday.

The American began the event atop the leaderboard at 10 below, however his lead is already gone. Johnson is joined at 13 below by Rahm, who opened with a 65 simply days after his unbelievable win on the BMW Championship. Rahm beat Johnson in an exhilarating playoff at Olympia Fields Nation Membership. The celebs now are in place to battle for the $15 million first prize.

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Johnson was even by 11 holes earlier than making birdies at 12, 13 and 15. Rahm additionally discovered type on the again 9 with 4 birdies in 5 holes starting at 12.

Justin Thomas, third when the occasion began, continues to be there after a Four-under 66, and nonetheless two strokes again.

McIlroy, the defending FedEx Cup champion, produced the equal greatest spherical of the day to cost into competition. The Northern Irishman fired a 6-under 64 that included three straight birdies to complete as he moved into 9 below for the event.

The opposite participant to shoot 64 was Abraham Ancer, who climbed into 7 below and outright fifth place.

McIlroy admitted he was shocked to make such a very good begin simply days after turning into a father. He welcomed the arrival of his first baby together with his spouse, Erica; daughter Poppy was born Monday.

“It simply exhibits you golf is such a psychological recreation, and for those who are available in with low expectations, that is at all times how I’ve performed properly” he stated.

“Whether or not I do not really feel like my recreation is in a very good place or I am not the favourite coming right into a event, all that stuff, I really feel like that is once I often play my greatest and I can play with a little bit of freedom, and that is what I did.”

McIlroy stated he had different issues on his thoughts on Friday.

“It is like each three hours she [Poppy] is meant to be fed, so I am like, OK, there is a feeding arising,” he stated. “However prefer it’s pure. It is pure that in between photographs you consider different issues, and clearly my thoughts has been very a lot on what is going on on at residence.

“However it’s good to have this little 4 or 5 hours to myself to focus on my recreation and form of get into these things.”

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