WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational 2019: Live Leaderboard, Latest Odds and round Two Tee Times

Jon Rahm was earmarked as one of the players to watch at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He has lived up to expectations, finishing the first round with a three-shot lead.

On Thursday, the Spaniard shot an 8-under-par 62 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, matching the lowest round of his PGA Tour career.

Rahm made the most of TPC Southwind's pristine greens, carding five birdies in the first nine holes alone.

"That's what made it so comforting because I knew, especially with the greens being this pure, if I started a ball on line I was going to have a chance," he told the PGA's official website.

The 24-year-old holds a three-stroke lead over Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson, Cameron Smith and the Japanese duo of Hideki Matsuyama and Shugo Imahira.

A 12/1 favorite behind Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy at the beginning of the tournament, according to Oddschecker Rahm's odds have now shortened to 2/1.

Cantlay and Matsuyama follow at 7/1 and 10/1 respectively, while Brooks Koepka is a 16/1 shot after finishing the first round at 2 under.

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Jon Rahm of Spain plays a shot during the first round of the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational on July 25 in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam Greenwood/Getty

Along with Open Championship's runner-up Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas is one of four players tied for 18th with Koepka but his odds have lengthened from 14/1 to 22/1.

McIlroy and Johnson, the pre-tournament favorites alongside Koepka, both shot 69 in their opening round and are already seven shots adrift of Rahm.

The only man in the field to have won on this course—doing so twice, in 2012 and 2018—Johnson arrived at the turn 3-over after struggling with his putting grip.

"It couldn't get any worse, so I figured I had to try something," Johnson, who is now a 27/1 shot to defend his title, was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. "I hit great shots, I was always in good positions. I should have shot 3 or 4 under on the front, I shoot 3 over. It was, yeah, not very good."

McIlroy, who missed the cut at the Open Championship in Northern Ireland last week, recorded a similarly unspectacular first round and saw his odds lengthen from 10/1 to 22/1.

Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed endured an altogether more difficult day, shooting a 3-over-par 73.

Woodland bogeyed the first hole and never quite recovered, recording three more bogeys along the way.

Reed, the 2018 Masters winner, double-bogeyed the third hole of the day and added two more bogeys in his first nine holes, before an error-free back nine.

Live leaderboard

A live leaderboard is available on the PGA Tour's official website.

Second-round tee times (All times ET)

Tee number one

  • 12:31 p.m.—Webb Simpson, Danny Willett, Jim Furyk
  • 12:42 p.m.—Chez Reavie, Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • 1:26 p.m.—Patrick Cantlay, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 1:37 p.m.—Brandt Snedeker, Cameron Smith, Louis Oosthuizen
  • 1:48 p.m.—Gary Woodland, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele
  • 1:59 p.m.—Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

Tee number 10

  • 12:20 p.m.—J.B. Holmes, Alex Noren, Philip Eriksson
  • 12:42 p.m.—Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth
  • 12:53 p.m.—Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day
  • 1:04 p.m.—Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Lucas Bjerregaard
  • 1:26 p.m.—Adam Long, Tyrrell Hatton, Mikumu Horikawa
  • 1:37 p.m.—C.T. Pan, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott
  • 1:48 p.m.—Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau, Matt Wallace
  • 1:59 p.m.—Phil Mickelson, Thorbjørn Olesen, Haotong Li
  • 2:10 p.m.—Billy Horschel, Justin Harding, Shugo Imahira
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