- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Jon Rahm couldn’t remember a single shot he took in a professional debut to remember. Ernie Els recalled shots he hit on the same course 19 years ago.

Rahm shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday at Congressional to take the first-round lead in the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods’ annual tournament that started two hours late because of rain.

The soft course, with a fox lounging on the edge of a bunker and darting around with little care for the golf going on around him, allowed players to attack fairways and play aggressively. Rahm took advantage of that with seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

“I was anticipating this moment,” the 21-year-old Spaniard said. “I’m working on it a long time that I kind of blacked out a little bit. I don’t remember a single swing I made all day or any putting stroke or anything. I just remember the ball flying or rolling.”

The long-hitting former Arizona State, the only amateur to make the cut last week in the U.S. Open, had a one-stroke lead over Jhonattan Vegas and a two-stroke advantage over a pack that included Els, who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional. Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh were among those at 68.

The 46-year-old Els, who turned pro five years before Rahm was born, chose to play the Quicken Loans immediately after missing the cut at the U.S. Open because of how much he likes the course. He has the same caddie, Ricci Roberts, who was on his bag back in 1997.

BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN

PULHEIM, Germany (AP) - France’s Raphael Jacquelin shot a 7-under 65 at windy Gut Laerchenhof to take one-stroke lead over England’s Oliver Fisher in the BMW International Open.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia, coming off a fifth-place tie in the U.S. Open, had a 71. Masters champion Danny Willett of England opened with a 74.

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