FORT WORTH, Texas — Jon Rahm was at Colonial during tournament week each of the past two years to accept the Ben Hogan Award that goes to the nation's top college golfer. This time, he's playing in the PGA Tour event at Hogan's Alley and among the leaders.
With his 4-under 66 on Thursday, Rahm was a stroke behind first-round leaders Kelly Kraft, Derek Fathauer and PGA Tour rookie J.T. Poston.
That also put Rahm ahead of two-time Colonial champs Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson after both birdied their last three holes for 67s. He also led 2016 winner Jordan Spieth, whose even-par round included six birdies.
"The last two times I was here, all I recorded was super happy and positive memories," Rahm said. "It's just the vibe that I have around this place is so positive, especially with Sergio (Garcia) winning and with the Ben Hogan history that I'm related to now."
The 22-year-old Rahm, the winner at Torrey Pines in January, had only one bogey while playing with Masters champion Garcia, the fellow Spaniard who won in his first Colonial appearance in 2001.
Kraft and Graeme McDowell, tied with Rahm for fourth, had the only bogey-free rounds. Only 33 of the 121 players finished the first round under par.
Scott Brown had the other 66, and had the outright lead at 6 under before a double bogey at No. 18.
Spieth, coming off missed cuts the past two weeks, was tied for 34th his six birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. He was even par after birdies on his last two holes.
"It's a great finish. Kept me in the tournament," Spieth said. "If I was a couple over, you know, in the back of my mind I would be wondering about the cut line."
After two bogeys on the first four holes, Spieth made 4-foot birdie putt at the 466-yard No. 5 hole, and made a 10-foot birdie at the 168-yard, par-3 13th.
In between those birdies at two of Colonial's toughest holes, Spieth made a nearly 40-foot putt to save par after a wayward drive at No. 9. His drive at the 10th went into a concrete culvert for another bogey, and he missed the fairway right again at the 622-yard 11th, only to get back in the fairway and go on to a 2-foot birdie.
Langer has 2-shot lead
Bernhard Langer will sleep on a two-shot lead as he aims for his record ninth senior major at the Senior PGA Championship in Sterling, Va.
Langer shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday morning, and the lead held up as thunderstorms halted play in the afternoon with half the 156-man field still on the course.
The 59-year-old German could break Jack Nicklaus' record of eight senior majors with a win at Trump National. He tied Nicklaus last week with a five-shot victory at the Regions Tradition. He would also become the first player to win all five of the current senior majors.
Langer finished off his round with a tap-in eagle at the par-5 18th.
Tom Lehman, Lee Janzen, Scott McCarron and James Kingston shot 67, and Larry Mize also was 5 under with eight holes left.
Lewis, Hsu tied for lead
Stacy Lewis shot a 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Lewis was tied with an unexpected challenger in Wei-Ling Hsu, the Taiwanese player who has only one top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour.
Hsu eagled two of her first five holes and was 6 under through six. She and Lewis ended up a stroke ahead of Nelly Korda.
Lewis, a former world No. 1, is winless in 72 events since June 2014. She has 11 LPGA Tour victories and 25 second-place finishes — 12 since her last win.