Rahm (66) off to best begin among five Race to Dubai contenders
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Jon Rahm made the best beginning of the five players still in the running for the Race to Dubai title, shooting 6-under 66 to be three strokes off the first-round lead at the season-finishing DP World Tour Championship on Thursday.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera drove the competition after a 9-under 63 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and was one clear of No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy, who made hawk on No. 18 in his round of 64 subsequent to hitting a 3-wood from 286 yards to inside around 5 feet.
Rahm was separated from everyone else in third spot after an intruder free round during which he made four birdies in five openings right off the bat in his back nine.
Full-field scores from the DP World Tour Championship
Tommy Fleetwood, another player in with a possibility of closure the season as European No. 1, was a stroke behind on 5 under in the wake of beginning his round by holing out from 153 yards for falcon on No. 1.
Of the other Race to Dubai contenders, Bernd Wiesberger shot 70 and was tied for 14th place, Matt Fitzpatrick shot 71 and Shane Lowry shot 73.
Wiesberger drives the standings and will lift the trophy in the event that he wins in Dubai or completes alone in runner up.
Fleetwood, second in the standings, realizes a success combined with Wiesberger completing lower than through and through second will see him catch the title for the second time in three years. A similar situation faces third-place Rahm, who won the World Tour Championship in 2017 and put fourth a year ago.