PUERTO VALLARTA - Spain’s Jon Rahm was tested, but as World’s no. 2 and the top-ranked player competing at the Mexico Open, he passed his pressure-packed test and prevailed over a pack of talented PGA TOUR pros chasing him Sunday.
Rahm held the 18-hole lead but had only converted on one occasion of eight tries when he held a first-round lead. He improved to 2-for-9 and also 2-for-7 when he holds a 54-hole lead in a Tour event and did so as he earned his seventh career PGA TOUR victory in his 123rd start. The victory marked his sixth consecutive season with at least one win.
In doing so, the 27-year old Rahm became the 13th winner in their 20s this season, joining Sam Burns (2), Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama (2), Lucas Herbert, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Smith (2), Scottie Scheffler (4), Joaquin Niemann, Sepp Straka, Chad Ramey, Jordan Spieth, and Xander Schauffele.
With a bogey-free final round 8-under 65, PGA Tour rookie Brandon Wu (T-2/-16) closed with his third Top-10 on Tour (T7/2021 Puerto Rico Open, T3/ 2022 Puerto Rico Open)
Two-time Tour winner Tony Finau (T-2/-16) earned his ninth career runner-up finish and first Top-10 since winning 2021 FedEx St. Jude Championship.
Playing in the final group of the day and in search of his first Tour title, Kurt Kitayama (T-2/-16) recorded career-best finish on Tour with his previous best, a finish at 3rd place in the 2022 Honda Classic.
Mexico Open | Final Leaderboard
Jon Rahm 64-66-68-69—267 (-17)
Brandon Wu 69-70-66-63—268 (-16)
Tony Finau 71-68-66-63—268 (-16)
Kurt Kitayama 64-70-66-68—268 (-16)
Final Leaderboard: (link)
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What They’re Saying About the Mexico Open:
Rahm Holds On for Win (ESPN/Associated Press)
Rahm Endures Stress of Top Billing (Golf Week/USA Today)
Golf Industry and Sporting Goods News:
Winner’s Bag: What Was In Rahm’s Golf Bag? (PGATourCom)
Payouts at Mexico Open (Golf Week/USA Today)
On This Day in Golf History:
May 2, 2010 - Then 20-year old Rory McIlroy sank a 40-foot putt to close out a final round, 10-under par (62) to win his first PGA event title, taking the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. Milroy’s course record round earned a four-shot victory. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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