Jon Rahm's soaring 5-iron settled 5 feet away to set up an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole at La Quinta Country Club.
"It's quite simple, honestly," Rahm said. "Beyond perfect drive, perfect second shot, perfect putt."
Two hours later Thursday in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, young Charlie Reiter matched his new friend's eagle with a low hook around a tree to a foot.
"It was a little down in the rough," said Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior who recently played with Rahm at nearby Big Horn. "I just closed the face and trusted my swing and it worked out perfectly."
Rahm also had eight birdies in...