By defeating Jon Rahm by three strokes to win the Mexico Open, Tony Finau outperformed himself from the previous year. The American, who tied for second place with Spain’s Rahm a year ago, won with a five-under 66 to finish with a total score of 24 under.
With a two-shot advantage over Rahm and Akshay Bhatia going into the final round, Finau recorded a round of 65 with five birdies and no bogeys.
“It feels wonderful. I knew I’d have my hands full, the 33-year-old remarked. Rahmbo is currently ruling the golf world. This game is strange in that you don’t feel like you’ve won a tournament until it’s done.”
With his fourth victory in the last 18 events and sixth PGA Tour triumph, Finau climbs from 16th to 11th in the world rankings.
Rahm, the reigning Masters winner and number one in the world, was unable to repeat his Saturday performance, when he shot a course record-breaking round of 61, and his dreams were dashed with a bogey at the par-three 17th.
Third-place finisher Brandon Wu was two strokes behind, while 21-year-old Bhatia was fourth on 18 under.