PGA Tour: Jon Rahm shares top spot at Mexican Open; England’s Aaron Rai one back after low scoring day | Golf News
Jon Rahm is in a six-way tie for the lead after the first round, with Aaron Rai one behind as he chases a maiden PGA Tour victory; Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Gutschewski both made aces in the fifth par three – watch the Mexican Open all week on Sky Sports Golf
By Ali Stafford
Last update: 29/04/22 06:31
A look back at the best of the action from the PGA Tour’s Mexican Open, where Jon Rahm was among the players to impress.
Jon Rahm holds a share of the lead after a low-scoring first round at the Mexican Open, where England’s Aaron Rai also impressed.
Rahm had an eagle and five birdies en route to a first-round 64 at Vidanta Vallarta, leaving the world No. 2 as one of six players to tie the top spot.
Jonathan Byrd, Brendon Todd, Trey Mullinax, Kurt Kitayama and Monday qualifier Bryson Nimmer also all hit seven under, with Rai in the group one shot back after a flawless 65.
From the back nine, Rahm followed a 15-foot birdie on the 12th by stepping in from the next green and collecting shots on both par-fives to reach the 32-turn.
Rahm launched a brilliant approach to set up a close-range birdie in the fourth and drained a 40-footer in the seventh after driving the green on the par-four, before closing a bogey-free to join a traffic jam at the top of the leaderboard .
Byrd posted a front nine 29 and Todd birdied five in a six-hole streak on their way to both hitting seven under, while an eagle holed from a bunker by Nimmer helped him play his five last holes in five under and also split the lead.
Kitayama was the only afternoon starter to reach seven under, with the American hitting four of his first six holes before responding to back-to-back bogeys on the turn to birdie five of his last eight holes.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat bounced back from dropping three shots on his first two holes to shoot a stunning hole-in-one on the par-three fifth in the first round of the Mexican Open.
Rai nearly nailed his approach for the Albatross in the seventh par five – setting up a short-range eagle – and added four more birdies to move to six under, with Scott Brown, Aaron Wise and Sahith Theegala also one off the pace after opening day.
Ten other players are twice on five under, while Scott Gutschewski hit a brilliant hole-in-one at the par-three fifth en route to a first-round 68.
Scott Gutschewski produced the second hole-in-one of the Mexican Open opening day, tying Kiradech ace Aphibarnrat at par-three fifth
Former great champions Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed are also within three of the lead, with Kiradech Aphibarnrat six behind despite bouncing back from losing three strokes on his first two holes to tie Gutschewski’s ace on fifth.
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