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Tony Finau Holds Off Jon Rahm to Claim Mexico Open Title

Tony Finau Holds Off Jon Rahm to Claim Mexico Open Title

Tony Finau secured an impressive three-shot victory at the Mexico Open, finishing above defending champion Jon Rahm.

The American, who finished joint-runner up in last year’s edition of the competition, clinched victory with a five-under round of 66 on the final day to finish the tournament on 24-under at the Vidanta Vallarta course.

The 2023 Masters champion and current World No. 1 had closed the gap to within to shots of Finau with a bogey-free 10-under round of 61 on the Saturday. Rahm was on the hunt for a fifth victory of the year however on the final day, Finau fought back and extended his lead with a birdie on the first and never looked back hitting five birdies in a bogey-free round including on the 11th and 14th.

“It feels amazing,” Finau said speaking to CBS. “Rahmbo’s the best, he’s on top of the world right now.

“I knew I was going to have my hands full with him all the way till the end and I didn’t know this golf tournament was mine until I just hit this green (the 18th) here.

“It’s crazy how this game is, you never think you have a tournament won until it’s over so it feels great and we’re going to enjoy this one with my family.”

This is Finau’s second win of the season following his triumph at the Cadence Bank Houston Open in November 2022 and also marks his sixth career PGA TOUR victory.

Brandon Wu finished in third on 19-under with Akshay Bhatia, who began the final day level with Jon Rahm, fourth on 18-under.

The next event on the PGA TOUR is the Wells Fargo Championship between May 4-7 at the Quail Hollow Golf Course in North Carolina.