Jon Rahm is motivated, even when he’s not feeling correctly.

The top-ranked Spanish star had two birdies and two bogeys Thursday in an even-par 72 inside the primary spherical of the Fortinet Championship, leaving him correctly as soon as more of the leaders at Silverado Resort and Spa.

“I was having a hard time focusing given the fact that I haven’t had a solid meal since Tuesday morning,” Rahm stated. “My best guess is just a little run down from the season. Maybe having a little bit too much good rich food Monday and Tuesday just did it for my stomach.”

Rahm started feeling in poor health earlier this week and pulled out of the pro-am Wednesday to relaxation. He stated he felt worse than when he examined constructive for COVID-19 in June and was compelled to withdraw from the Memorial after foremost by six strokes by way of three rounds.

“Way, way worse,” Rahm stated. “That Saturday I couldn’t have given you any more diagnosis than maybe a light cold based on what I was feeling that day. I would have never guessed it was COVID. So yeah, I feel way worse right now than I did.”

After the frustration at Memorial, he obtained the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in June for his first foremost championship. He obtained the cash title, the Vardon Trophy for the underside scoring frequent and had 15 top-10 finishes.

Rahm stated he’s furthermore motivated by being handed over contained in the participant of the 12 months honors that went to Patrick Cantlay. Cantlay who obtained the FedEx Cup after edging Rahm by one stroke on the Tour Championship.

“I played amazing golf,” Rahm stated. “What could have been if certain unfortunate situations didn’t happen, right? I could have had maybe one more win and the chance to compete for a medal. To think it could have been better does nothing but motivate me. I know I can get better.”

Chez Reavie had the lead at 65 after the morning wave, with Cameron Tringale and Adam Hadwin a stroke as soon as more. Phil Mickelson shot 70.