22 year old Rahm, a professional for just 15 months, has already moved to number 5 in the world ranking after beginning the year well outside the top 100 and he is now projected in number 2 position on the FedEx Cup points table.
Adam Hadwin, Paul Casey, Kevin Streelman and Kyle Stanley all finished the day tied for second at 7 under.
Rahm has seven top-five finishes on the PGA Tour this season and holds a two-shot lead at TPC Boston. He's not even in the top 60 in strokes gained on approach shots, but the flat stick has been smoking.
"I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday", Spieth said. I played a almost ideal back nine. "I think they [amateurs] play the shot that they can pull off maybe once out of ten times instead of hitting the shot they can pull off seven or eight times out of ten". It felt like I was making great swings.
And he's been holing them from longer distances, too. He was 10-over through 15 holes when he elected to stop.
"It does fit my eye. That's the thing - once you know you can make birdies on a golf course, it makes it easier to do that again". With last week's 3rd place finish, Rahm is now the 5th ranked player in the world.
Brooke Henderson is the two-time defending champion and will have a chance to become the first player to win three in a row at Portland. It can be a big green, but there's little sections for the pin to be at, right. "The greens (have) tiny little areas to hit", he said.
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"A really good finish to the day", Rahm said. Besides a missed cut at the U.S. Open McIlroy has finished no worse than T-35 in a tournament this season. I feel like I can still go out there and compete and if you can do that, why not give it a go?
"I had a few goals early on in the year, and I ended up accomplishing a lot more than the ones I had in mind".
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In fact, "I got to the point where I had accomplished so much more than I had set out to do that I felt like there was nothing else to do".
"I really didn't have a goal and kind of realized that a couple weeks ago".
"But you know, after last week, obviously I've got a lot of confidence now". After a T-6 finish at The Northern Trust, Thomas now sits in the number two spot in the FedExCup rankings. Not up to his standards.
Lewis, of Toledo, Ohio, carded eight birdies and no bogeys in her round, which she considered one of her best of the year.
From there, Rahm took off. But when the Spaniard continued his scorching ways on the PGA Tour, procuring his first win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January and catapulting into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking come May, he hit a wall.