John Rahm (Spain), who is aiming for three consecutive championships and reclaiming world No. 1, fell into an unexpected predicament. Korean players, including rookie Kim Seong-hyeon (25), started smoothly.
In the first round of the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (total prize money: $8.7 million) held on the 26th at Torrey Pines GC South Course (par 72) in San Diego, California, USA, Ram, ranked third in the world, made three birdies, two bogeys, He recorded a 1-over par of 73 with one double bogey, and tied for 116th with his companions Tony Finau (USA) and Justin Rose (England). It was 9 strokes from Sam Rider (USA) and 3 co-leaders who shot 8 under par and 64 strokes, and 3 strokes from the top 70 players who tied for 50th place (2 under par and 70 strokes).
John Rahm, who won two of his nine career wins (2017 Farmers Insurance Open and 2021 US Open) at Torrey Pines GC, stopped his 12 consecutive rounds of under par due to sluggishness that day. Ram’s play on this day was shaken enough to be the 3rd over par score among 25 rounds played here since 2017. Ram promised a reversal in the second round on the book course. The South course of Torrey Pines GC is longer than the North course and is played about 2-3 strokes more difficult. The first and second rounds are played alternately in the South and North courses, and after the third round, the South course determines the winner. The three co-leaders on the day all played on the North Course, and the highest score on the South Course was 6 under par 66안전놀이터.
Ram cruised with two birdies until the 6th hole, but in the 7th hole (par 4), his second shot went over the green by about 10m, so he received a penalty of 1 stroke and recorded a double bogey, and then did not recover. Ram wondered, “I’ve taken several shots here before under the same wind conditions, but nothing like today” and “It was the best shot today, but I don’t know what happened.”
Rookie Kim Seong-hyeon hit a 5-under-par 67 on the book course to tie for 12th place, three shots behind the leader. Kim Seong-hyun, who finished with seven birdies after consecutive bogies on the 3rd and 4th holes, said, “It was a bad start, but after the 5th hole, the caddy’s advice made it easier to putt. He made a mistake in the setup, and after making up for it, it got better,” he said. “Tomorrow will be more windy and a little more difficult. In the South Course, patience is required,” he said. “I’ve done well so far, and if I believe in myself and work hard, I think I’ll have a chance to win in the future,” he showed confidence.
Im Seong-jae (25), 19th in the world, started in a tie for 19th by hitting a 4-under 68 with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys on the South Course. Ahn Byeong-hoon (32) hit 4 under par 68 strokes (tied for 19th place) on the North course, and Kim Si-woo (28) did well with a 3 under par 69 strokes (tied for 33rd place) on the South course.