Jon Rahm accomplished so much so quickly that he began to wonder what else was left for him to achieve in his first full year on the
He now has 10 million reasons to play his best golf.
Already very much in the hunt for the
Rahm already has a short history of strong finishes in his first trip to the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.
One day after he birdied four of his last five holes, he made a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th and then shot 31 on the front nine to reach nine-under 133.
No one could catch him in the afternoon, least of all
Johnson, the world's No. 1 player who had a one-shot lead going into the second round, had a pair of double bogeys after a quick start and needed a birdie on the 18th hole to keep from falling further behind. Johnson shot a 72 and was five shots behind.
It's already been an amazing year for Rahm. The 22-year-old Spaniard was No. 137 at the start of the year. Now he's at No. 5. His two main goals were to get to East Lake for the Tour Championship and win a tournament.
But after a runner-up at Colonial, he has missed the cut twice and finished out of the top 25 in three other PGA Tour starts.
"It's probably because I got to the point where I had accomplished so much more than I had set myself to in the beginning of the year that I felt like there was nothing else to do," he said. "It made me complacent of what I had accomplished all year. I didn't play with the same intensity. I really didn't have a goal.
"It's taken me two months to realize what I've done, and hopefully I can keep surprising myself."
Rahm was only part of a cool, calm day that left a large crowd entertained, and at times surprised.
Spieth attributed his slow start in the opening round Friday to waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
"For me, it was just a matter of just stop being cranky," Spieth said. "I don't know what to tell you. I was getting more made at bad breaks than you should. It was a bad day at the office yesterday and a really good one today. I'm going to need two really good ones again. But to be within four shots after yesterday's round is a tremendous accomplishment."
McIlroy, meanwhile, was headed home after missing the cut as the defending champion for only the second time in his career. McIlroy also missed the cut as defending champion in the 2012 U.S. Open.
McIlroy will still advance to the
Lewis opens big lead in Portland
Stacy Lewis took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Cambia Portland Classic in her bid make a big donation to hurricane relief in her hometown and end a long winless streak.
From The Woodlands in the Houston area, Lewis has pledged to give her earnings — first place is worth $195,000 — to the relief efforts. The 11-time
Tied for the second-round lead with two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson and In Gee Chun, Lewis had eight birdies during a round of seven-under 65 to reach 17 under at tree-lined Columbia Edgewater in Oregon. She opened with rounds of 70 and 64.
Moriya Jutanugarn was second after a 66. Chun was another stroke back after a 69.
Henderson had a 74 to drop into a tie for 13th at eight under. Ai Miyazato also was at eight under after a 72 in her final start in the United States. The Japanese star plans to retire after The Evian Championship in two weeks in France.
Scott McCarron eagled the par-five 18th for a six-under 64 and a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Shaw Charity Classic.
McCarron also eagled the closing hole Friday at Canyon Meadows in Calgary in an opening 63.
First-round leader Kevin Sutherland, McCarron's childhood rival in Sacramento, Calif., was tied for second with
McCarron has three victories this year and five in the last two seasons on the 50-and-over tour. The three-time PGA Tour winner won the Allianz Championship in February, the major Senior