LA QUINTA, Calif. – Jon Rahm may be making just his second start at the CareerBuilder Challenge, but the 23-year-old is no stranger to its golf courses.
Rahm, who went to college some 250 miles east at Arizona State, played four times in The Prestige at PGA West, a college event held at the La Quinta resort. For three years, the tournament was contested on the Greg Norman Course, but in 2015, the event was held on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three host courses for this week’s PGA Tour event. And Rahm tied for second.
“This type of golf is something I love,” said Rahm, who blitzed La Quinta Country Club, another host course, to the tune of a blemish-free 10-under 62 to take a one-hot lead after 18 holes.
“La Quinta is really, really similar to Phoenix Country Club, which I played many times; I’ve also shot 10 under there, funny enough, and it’s just really familiar to what I’m used to playing. Four years of college on these golf courses, it’s something you’re not going to forget, so just happy to start the tournament the way I did.”
Rahm birdied his first two holes before hitting what he described as three “perfect” shots on the…