PGA Tour: At the Farmers Insurance Open, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Adam Schenk are tied for the lead

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Source: Skysports

PGA Tour: World No. 1 Jon Rahm birdied three of his final four holes to join Justin Thomas in a three-way tie for the Farmers Insurance Open midway lead.

Rahm’s quick finish helped him post a seven-under 65 on the North Course, one of two at Torrey Pines, putting him at 13 under par with Thomas and Adam Schenk.

Thomas climbed the leaderboard after shooting a bogey-free 63 on a low-scoring day in California, while Schenk tied for the round’s best score with an eighth-round 62 that included eight straight birdies.

Cameron Tringale sits a shot behind Peter Malnati in fourth, while Aaron Rai of England nailed a 25-foot eagle on his final hole on the South Course to finish with a four-under 68 and close to within four shots of the leaders.

On nine under, former world No. 1 Jason Day is also in the group, but overnight leader Billy Horschel fell five shots down after a one-over 73 on Thursday, and Dustin Johnson is six shots back after rounds of 68 and 69.

After rounds of 72 and 76, respectively, Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler both missed the cut by one stroke, while Brooks Koepka withdrew early and Jordan Spieth ended the longest current made-cut streak after a second-round 78 to finish on four over.

‘I can’t seem to find the birds!’

Schenk shot a career-low 62 in the opening round, and his birdie run from the fourth to the 11th put him in contention for his first PGA Tour championship.

“I honestly don’t know how many I made in a row,” Schenk admitted. “I had a feeling it was a pair. At this stage, I had done it before, though not on the PGA Tour. I’d simply lost sight of time and knew I’d have a few par-fives coming up that I wanted to take advantage of.”

In 2017, Rahm won the tournament, and he returned to Torrey Pines last year to win his first major championship, the US Open. He claimed that prior tournaments were not similar to his current circumstances because he came from behind to win them.

“A US Open is a whole different animal,” Rahm remarked. “I was three under par after two rounds, and I was pleased with that result. Right now, I’m at [13] under par, and I’m thinking about how much better it could have been if I’d hit more fairways, right? As a result, it’s not comparable.”

Thomas, like Rahm, is looking for his first major championship since The Players in March. The world No. 6 birdied five of his opening eight holes, chipped in for a stroke at the par-four second, and then added three consecutive gains from the fifth.

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