Tour Championship R1

Rahm & Johnson tied for lead at East Lake

September 04-07
East Lake GC, Atlanta, Georgia
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4



Jon Rahm fired a a 5-under 65 on Friday to make up his two-shot deficit at the start of the Tour Championship awarded to Dustin Johnson as the No.1 seed in the FedEx Cup.


”Technically, it is a continuation,” Rahm said. ”I kind of stole that tournament last week from him and he started with a two-shot lead. So hopefully, I can steal this one, as well.”

Johnson closed with a 67 having lost ground early after back-to-back bogeys on the front nine and missing a 4-foot birdie putt on his final hole to take the lead.



”The key out here is driving,” said Johnson. ”If you can drive it in the fairway, you can shoot a good score. The greens are so good, and the only way to control the golf ball coming into the greens is hitting out of the fairway. That’s the only thing I need to do a little better tomorrow.”

For the second straight year the FedEx Cup leader, who started at 10-under with a 2-shot lead, ended up in a tie for the lead after the opening round.


Justin Thomas, who led the Cup heading into the tournamentlast year, stated later that it felt awkward having the lead before even hitting a shot. He started at 7-under this year and shot a 66, two shots behind the leaders.

”I learned I would have rather been at 10-under than 7,” he said. ”That being said, I feel like I’m in a good frame of mind. I’m in a good place mentally right now where I would like to feel like I would handle the golf course the same no matter what I was at. But I did a good job of just staying in my game today.”



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Rory McIlroy came back from visiting his newborn daughter and finished with three straight birdies to lie in fourth place.

”Even though I’ve had success here, I was coming in with no expectations. I didn’t touch a club for four days in between tournaments,” McIlroy said. ”I come in here and golf was sort of the furthest thing from my mind. And sometimes that’s a good thing just to decompress and get away from it. Yeah, happy to have the start that I did.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Dustin Johnson
-13
67
T1
Jon Rahm
-13
65
3
Justin Thomas
-11
66
4
Rory McIlroy
-9
64
5
Abraham Ancer
-7
64
T6
Sungjae Im
-6
68
T6
Xander Schauffele
-6
67
T6
Webb Simpson
-6
70
T6
Brendon Todd
-6
67
T10
Daniel Berger
-5
69
T10
Lanto Griffin
-5
67
T10
Tyrrell Hatton
-5
67
T10
Marc Leishman
-5
66
T14
Harris English
-4
70
T14
Tony Finau
-4
68
T14
Hideki Matsuyama
-4
70
T14
Collin Morikawa
-4
71
T18
Cameron Champ
-2
68
T18
Bryson DeChambeau
-2
72
T18
Sebastián Muñoz
-2
71
T18
Kevin Na
-2
69
T18
Patrick Reed
-2
71
T18
Cameron Smith
-2
68
T24
Viktor Hovland
-1
69
T24
Scottie Scheffler
-1
71
T26
Billy Horschel
E
70
T26
Mackenzie Hughes
E
70
T26
Joaquin Niemann
E
72
T29
Kevin Kisner
1
72
T29
Ryan Palmer
1
72
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