World No 1 Jon Rahm had closed to inside two pictures of Mexico Open chief Tony Finau after a sensational, bogey-free 10-under spherical of 61 on Saturday, however Finau proved too sturdy within the ultimate spherical, ending with a five-under spherical of 65, which noticed him spherical off the event on 24 beneath
Final Up to date: 01/05/23 4:12pm
Tony Finau confirmed excellent consistency to carry off the cost of Jon Rahm and declare the PGA Tour Mexico Open title by three pictures on Sunday, ending on 24 beneath.
World No 1 Rahm had closed to inside two pictures of chief Finau after a sensational, bogey-free 10-under spherical of 61 on Saturday, however the USA’s Finau proved too sturdy on the ultimate day, ending with a five-under spherical of 66.
The 33-year-old denied this yr’s Masters champion a second straight title on the comparatively new PGA Tour cease at Vidanta Vallarta. His spectacular final-day show adopted earlier rounds of 65, 64 and 65 to depart him victorious, three pictures forward of defending champion Rahm and 5 forward of compatriot Brandon Wu.
“[Rahm] is the perfect – he is on high of the world proper now,” Finau, who will transfer up 5 spots to No 11 within the Official World Golf Rating, mentioned. “I knew I used to be gonna have my palms full with him all the best way to the top.”
Finau birdied the par-four first gap and the par-four fifth. Rahm responded together with his first birdie of the day on the par-five sixth whereas Finau parred, and each made birdie on the par-four seventh.
It was all pars till Finau scored once more on the par-three 11th, sticking his first shot to inside 9 toes of the pin. By then he was out of attain and though Rahm was lively late, including three birdies and a bogey, he by no means received shut sufficient to make issues attention-grabbing.
“It is a terrific reminder that what you have achieved means completely nothing, you continue to need to go on the market and do it,” Rahm mentioned. “It is also good so you do not suppose an excessive amount of of your self, proper?
“Like, clearly I needed to win, but it surely’s a reminder that everyone out right here is a superb participant and Tony got here out with a two-shot lead and performed improbable golf.
“I really feel like had I been capable of strain him a little bit extra, we might have seen extra birdies from Tony.”
Finau beforehand received the Houston Open in November. Sunday marked his sixth profession PGA Tour win, 5 of them coming up to now 20 months.
“I did not know this golf event was mine till I simply hit this [18th] inexperienced right here,” Finau mentioned. “It is loopy how this recreation is. You by no means suppose you will have a event received till it is over.”
Wu shot a three-under 68 on Sunday to take third place at 19 beneath. Akshay Bhatia (70 on Sunday) was fourth at 18 beneath, and Eric Cole (66), Austin Smotherman (67) and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (65) tied for fifth at 16 beneath.
One other Argentine, Alejandro Tosti, entered the week ranked No. 444 on the planet however made two eagles Sunday and shot a final-round 64 to soar right into a tie for 10th at 13 beneath, sufficient to qualify for subsequent week’s Wells Fargo.
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