England’s Aaron Rai shares lead after first round of Farmers Insurance Open

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The 27-year-old started on the more forgiving North Course of Torrey Pines.
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January 26, 2023
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Englishman Aaron Rai shot an eight-under 64 at the Farmers Insurance Open to tie for the first-round lead with Americans Sam Ryder and Brent Grant.

The 27-year-old started at Torrey Pines by birdying the Number 10 on the North Course of the San Diego venue, before collecting seven more birdies on a productive day.

World number three Jon Rahm, meanwhile, struggled to a one-over 73 on the South Course.

The Spaniard, who is trying for his third win in as many starts, made a double bogey on the par-four seventh hole and was continually left frustrated on the more challenging course.

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Aaron Rai was at the top of the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard following the first day’s play (Denis Poroy/AP)

None of the three leaders has won a Tour title, while Ryder is also coming off three straight missed cuts and rookie Grant’s last four rounds have been 74 or worse.

Rai was pleased after play, admitting it had been a “very good” round and start to the tournament.

“Really drove it great off the tee, which is probably the most important thing to at least give ourselves an opportunity with those approach shots,” he said, in comments carried by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“As soon as you miss the fairway here with anything more than a short iron (it) is very, very difficult.

“So that was key today, drove it very well. Hit a lot of real good iron shots and made a few putts around the turn there, so all in all a very good round, very good start.”

Ryder indicated he had more to accomplish, telling PGA Tour: “You’re only as good as how you finish and there’s three more days of golf.

Rahm will be looking to bounce back, after winning four of his last six events, including his last two starts on the PGA Tour at last week’s American Express and the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The tournament is being held from Wednesday to Saturday to avoid a clash with the NFL’s AFC and NFC championship games on Sunday.

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T12Collin Morikawa (NC)-567
T12S.H. Kim (NC)-567
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T12Vincent Norrman (SC)-567
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T12Lanto Griffin (NC)-567
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T19Max Homa (NC)-468
T19Will Zalatoris (NC)-468
T19Justin Suh (NC)-468
T19Dylan Wu (NC)-468
T19Byeong Hun An (NC)-468
T19Jhonattan Vegas (NC)-468
T19Charley Hoffman (NC)-468
T19Satoshi Kodaira (NC)-468
T19Sungjae Im (SC)-468
T19Justin Thomas (SC)-468
T19Wyndham Clark (NC)-468
T19Thomas Detry (NC)-468
T19Paul Haley II (NC)-468
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T33Scott Brown (NC)-369
T33Sean O'Hair (NC)-369
T33Maverick McNealy (NC)-369
T33Michael Thompson (SC)-369
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T33MJ Daffue (NC)-369
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T50Hideki Matsuyama (NC)-270
T50Harrison Endycott (NC)-270
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T50Zecheng Dou (SC)-270
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T50Brian Stuard (NC)-270
T50Keegan Bradley (SC)-270
T50Robert Streb (NC)-270
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T116Jonathan Byrd (SC)+173
T116Kevin Yu (SC)+173
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T116Kevin Streelman (SC)+173
T116Jon Rahm (SC)+173
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T138Cameron Percy (SC)+375
T138Camilo Villegas (SC)+375
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T144Ben Crane (SC)+476
T144Ryan Armour (SC)+476
T144Spencer Levin (SC)+476
T149Doug Ghim (SC)+577
T149Ryan Brehm (SC)+577
T149Jason Dufner (SC)+577
T149Kurt Kitayama (SC)+577
T149Michael Gligic (SC)+577
154Cam Davis (SC)+779
T155Arjun Atwal (SC)+880
T155Kelly Kraft (SC)+880
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Farmers Insurance Open 2023

Date: January 25th - 28th 2023

Location: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego, California

Purse: $8,700,000

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