World No. 6 Rahm, one win away from matching Seve Ballesteros' three victories at his home Open, carded an eagle, six birdies,

and a single bogey on Thursday to get to seven under par. That put him within three points of fourth place behind Van Driel,

Aphibarnrat, and Wu, who both clocked a brilliant 63 seconds. Afternoon starter Aphibarnrat made five straight birdies in the closing stages.

who had eight birdies and no bogeys in the morning, to lead at eight under. And Van Driel made it a three-way tie,

tie with a final birdie putt from 28 feet. Rahm was joined at seven under by France's Matthieu Pavon, Sweden's Joakim Lagergren, Scots Stephen Gallacher,

and David Drysdale, and South Africa's Hennie du Plessis another shot back. Rahm produced a series of magical moments in his first round,

magical moments in his first round, drawing huge cheers from the crowd with a 33-foot eagle putt and a chip-in birdie.

He said: "I'm happy to follow up my last competitive round with another really good round and keep the good game going." In the morning take advantage.