Jon Rahm makes encouraging start to Open de Espana

Star attraction Jon Rahm obtained his Open de Espana defence off to a solid start with a 66 in the opening round in Madrid.
Rahm carded six birdies since he also Rafa Cabrera Bello ended the first day three shots adrift of Kristian Krough Johannessen, who carded a 63 to direct a European Tour event for the first time in his profession.
Adri Arnaus birdied his final hole are the top home player just ahead of Rahm and Cabrera Bello, although Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was spotted cheering on Sergio Garcia, who had been three under after eight holes failed to make another birdie during the last 10 as he settled for a 69.
Johannessen started with three pars from the 10th before after back-to-back birdies with a pitch-in to an eagle-two at the 15th, and he also responded to a bogey at the second with a pleasant two in the 17th.
The world No 909 then finished an outstanding day’s work with four birdies over his last six holes that guaranteed a two-shot guide over Arnaus, who covered the back-nine in only 29 strokes later he made four birdies and an eagle in a dazzling six-hole burst of scoring.
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