Twenty-four year old Spaniard Jon Rahm–who may be a superstar in the making–leads the PGA Tour’s marquee event, The Players Championship at Sawgrass, with one round left to play, tomorrow. After seven holes today, he got on a hot streak and shot an 8-under par 64, one stroke off the course record, for a 15-under par 201 total. Rahm has a one-shot lead over two players: Ireland’s Rory McIlroy–a former #1 World Ranking player and a four-time major championship winner–and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, a five-time European Tour winner and regular PGA Tour contender, but looking for his first win. Two strokes back of Rahm is Australian Jason Day, also a former #1 World Ranking player and winner of one major–the 2015 PGA Championship.
All four of these leaders–who hail from foreign countries but are regulars on the PGA Tour–are among the top 13 ranked players in the world. Right behind them are several players who are bunched. The golf course is in impeccable shape after earlier rains. The soft fairways slightly favor the longest hitters, which includes Rahm, McIlroy, and Day. It should be an exciting finish tomorrow.