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Jon Rahm entered the final round of the Mexican Open at Vidanta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Sunday with the chip lead, and held onto it to capture his first win since the US Open last summer after finishing 17-under. in four rounds.
The Spaniard had to endure significant pushes from Brandon Wu and Tony Finau to earn the victory by one shot.
1. Jon Rahm: -17
T2. Brandon Wu: -16
T2. Tony Finau: -16
T2. Kurt Kitayama: -16
5. Davis-Riley: -15
T6. Aaron Wise: -14
T6. David Lipski: -14
T6. Alex Smalley: -14
T6. Cameron Champion: -14
10. Patrick Rogers: -13
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Wu, who finished tied for second at 16-under in the tournament, posted two birdies and an eagle on the front nine in the final round before hitting four more birdies on the back nine to finish the day eight under.
Finau, who also tied for second, had three birdies in the front nine before adding three birdies and an eagle in the back nine to also finish eight below the round.
Both Wu and Finau moved up 15 places in the rankings from Round 3.
As for Rahm, he did enough to stay off the field. The 27-year-old parred the first five holes before posting back-to-back birdies on the 6th and 7th holes to move to two-under in the afternoon.
The golf cart comes in clutch for Jon Rahm 😅 pic.twitter.com/J7CAGZ3SBk
Rahm then charged pars on the eighth and ninth holes before struggling on the 10th hole, bogeying to a low one. However, he quickly recovered, carding pars on the next three holes before birdieing the 14th hole to return to two under par.
Holding the lead or co-leading all 4 rounds en route to winning No. 7 👏 pic.twitter.com/Zrf8clOpwS
This is Rahm’s seventh win on the PGA Tour. In addition to winning the US Open and Mexico Open, he has also won the BMW Championship (2020), Memorial Tournament (2020), Zurich Classic of New Orleans (2019), CareerBuilder Challenge (2018), and Farmers Insurance Open (2017).
The win is a significant confidence boost for Rahm as players begin to prepare for the Wells Fargo Championship, which takes place May 5-8, before one of the tour’s biggest tournaments, the PGA Championship, from May 19 to 22.