After the first day of the Tour Championship, Cantlay is the man to beat, with Rahm close behind.


After the first day of the Tour Championship, Cantlay is the man to beat, with Rahm close behind.

Following round one of the Tour Championship, FedEx Cup leader Patrick Cantlay retained his lead.

After finishing day one of the FedEx Cup final on 13-under-par, Patrick Cantlay remains the man to beat at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard.

Cantlay started the tournament on 10-under after winning the BMW Championship last week and leading the FedEx Cup standings into the last event of the PGA Tour season.

And the American was quick to extend his advantage, shooting a three-under 67 in the first round to get to 13-under for the event.

The 29-year-old started his FedEx Cup title defense in style, rolling in a birdie at the par four third from 22 feet, maintaining his torrid putting form from last week’s victory in Maryland.

After a disheartening bogey at the fifth, Cantlay was forced to start over, but he quickly rebounded by going back under par with his second birdie of the round one hole later at the par-five sixth.

The guy chasing the leader is Jon Rahm, who made his move on the first day of the tournament in Atlanta.

In fourth place in the FedEx Cup standings, the Spaniard started his final event of the season on six-under-par, but with a five-under 65 in round one, he moved even closer to leader Cantlay.

Rahm got out to a fast start with birdies at one, four, and six, but back-to-back bogeys on seven and eight caused him to stumble on the front nine’s final three holes.

The world No 1 did not stutter for long, however, as he answered wonderfully with birdies on the 12th, 13th, 17th, and 18th holes on the back nine to finish second on 11-under, two shots behind the day one leader.

Bryson DeChambeau, the player who has dominated the headlines this week, had a mixed first round at East Lake, improving one shot on his seven-under total after a one-under-par 69 on day one.

The 27-year-old set himself an uphill fight right away, bogeying two of his opening three holes and scraping two strokes off his seven-under par start.

Then came bogeys on nine and ten. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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