Jon Rahm takes 36-hole lead at Dell Technologies Championship

World number one Dustin Johnson leads the FedExCup standings after winning the series opener, the Northern Trust, in Old Westbury, New York on Sunday.

Rahm has seven top-five finishes on the PGA Tour this season and holds a two-shot lead at TPC Boston.

The American slipped into a share of second alongside Paul Casey, who returned a dynamic 65 that featured four birdies in five holes to close out a back-nine 32 and a further three gains over his last four holes.

So much has changed since he won the inaugural event at the TPC Boston as a sponsor's exemption in 2003. But only one 36-hole leader in the last 14 years has gone on to win the DTC -- formerly the Deutsche Bank Championship -- to leave Rahm with some work to do to continue his breakout campaign.

"I've been lucky enough to win at a couple of courses multiple times in my PGA Tour career, and I think just mentally you're just a lot more comfortable". "For me, that was one thing that was probably lacking a little bit the last few months. I kept a positive attitude, and you know, on 18, I don't know what happened, hit a good shot, made the putt and everything just happened".

"I sort of find myself in a similar position this week as I was past year, needing a good week to sort of kick-start the next few weeks", said McIlroy. "I feel like the things I've been working on, they are back to working".

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Garcia collected five birdies on the front nine and finished with six against two bogeys before scrambling for par on his final hole. "Made some nice putts here and there early on. So a lot of positives from it".

Rose's game also intensified as the round progressed as he birdied five of his seven final holes. "To be honest, it's one of those rounds, I haven't said this in a while, where I've shot the lowest score I could possibly shoot today with the way I was hitting it".

Former world number one Rory McIlroy's disappointing season continued as he shot 74 for four-over and missed the cut in a tournament where he was defending champion. He shot a 66 at Quicken Loans National. He logged a round-high eight birdies on the day, including on all three par-5 holes. "It's not as if I'm out there making it any worse", said McIlroy.

Six golfers are tied after carding a 68, one stroke ahead of Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

His attempt to then slot the ball home for par also missed, leaving him a three-footer for bogey, but McIlroy failed to hit the target. He bogeyed the hard 500-yard 12th hole and double-bogeyed the 16th, having trouble reaching the green on the par-3.

Sitting 96th in the FedEx Cup standings, the Fairmont native will need at least a top-20 finish to keep his FedEx Cup playoff hopes alive in his seventh season on the PGA Tour. After punching out across the fairway and into the right rough, he dunked his approach shot into the water short of the green.

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