SAN DIEGO – John Rahm struggled to 1 over 73 at Torrey Pines South Course, which has become one of his favorite courses, while Sam Ryder, Aaron Rye and Brent Grant all scored 8 to 64 at the more forgiving North Course on Wednesday to equalize check. leads the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rahm, ranked 3rd in the world and trying to get his third win in as many starts, made a double ghost on the seventh par-4 hole and was constantly frustrated on the South Course. He took his first PGA Tour win in 2017 at Municipal Cliff Courses over the Pacific Ocean and then went on to win the US Open at South Course in 2021.
Ram, who is looking for his 10th career win, tied for 116th with 11 other players, including Tony Finau and Justin Rose.
“Not good,” the Spanish actor said as he signed autographs as the sun set. Ram won The American Express at PGA West in Coachella Valley last weekend and the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua two weeks earlier.
Ryder, Rai and Grant have never won on the tour. Ryder has three missed hits in a row. Grant’s last four rounds were 74 or worse. They were one hit ahead of Brendan Steele, who was 7-under-65, and seven players landed another hit at 6-under-66. a group of seven people aged 5 to 67 years.
The top six finishers and 13 of the top 18 played at the North Course. Players will change course on Thursday when stronger winds are forecast and play the final two rounds at the South Course.
PGA Tour rookies Sam Stevens and Andrew Novak had the best rounds at South Course. Both were in the 66 year old group.
Rum was 2 down six holes before he sent his second shot at No. 7 over the green into the bushy home zone. Taking a penalty and dropping the ball on the right rough, he jumped onto the green and scored two stalemates.
Ram then scared Nos. 12 and 15 before scoring a par-3 on the 16th.
“No. 7 was probably the best hit of the day and cost me two shots,” Ram said. “In the past, I’ve landed this shot over 25 times in the same wind and I’ve never seen the ball go high.” up, and today we don’t know what happened. danger. If it just flies across the lawn and stays in the bumps, that’s fine. But it was expensive.
“Most importantly in today’s round, with the tee-shots I hit on 6, 7, 12 and 13, I was 3 over par,” Ram added. “In every other round I’ve played here in the past, I actually play at least par to par, so it’s easy to swing three to five hits and that’s the difference.”
Ryder, a 33-year-old still aiming for his first tour win, opened his round with heads on par-5 10.
“No. The 10th hole is one of the easiest holes on the course, a short, par 5, beautiful hole going down to the ocean,” he said. “You really think it’s good to hit him on the fairway, hit him on the green you think okay maybe I can do a 4 I didn’t really think about attack, attack but there was nothing special in the putt He was actually quite straight and it was one of those when he was halfway through, he looked pretty good and just perfect. It’s like a little bonus, but it’s really nice to start a round with a bird or an eagle.”
DIVOTS: With the start of Wednesday, no one had a faster turn than Scott Brown. He competed in the Korn Ferry Tour in the Bahamas, a tournament that started on Sunday and ended on Wednesday. After Monday’s cut, Brown realized he was the first bench in place of Torrey Pines when Jon Ha pulled out. Brown left the Bahamas, flew to San Diego on Tuesday and was in the first group on Wednesday morning. He threw 3-69 at North Field.
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