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Apr 27th, 2023

2023 Mexico Open: All you need to know

Can Rahm retain championship?

Jon Rahm Seals Victory at 2022 Mexico Open

World No. 1 and FedExCup leader Jon Rahm returns to the Mexico Open at Vidanta after winning the event in 2022.

Rahm has four wins this season, including the Masters Tournament, and with a win, would become the first player to win five times in a season since Justin Thomas in 2016-17

Last five players to win five or more times in a season;

2016-17 Justin Thomas (5)
2014-15 Jason Day (5)
2014-15 Jordan Spieth (5)
2013 Tiger Woods (5)
2009 Tiger Woods (6)

With $13,623,540 in Official Money this season, Rahm is the second player in PGA TOUR history to earn $13 million or more in a single season. In 2021-22, Scottie Scheffler set the PGA TOUR record for most Official Money earned in a single season ($14,046,910).

Rahm has made six prior starts as the defending champion on the PGA Tour. He has not successfully defended a title on Tour, but led by six strokes after the third round of the 2021 Memorial Tournament before being forced to withdraw (COVID-19). Rahm has successfully defended one title on the DP World Tour, winning the Open de España in 2018 and 2019.

Tony Finau finished T2 at the 2022 Mexico Open, which was his first top-10 of the season. That runner-up result began a stretch of 15 starts for Finau that included three wins (3M Open, Rocket Mortgage Classic, Cadence Bank Houston Open) and three other top-five finishes. With his win at the Cadence Bank Houston Open, Finau is one of four players in the field that has won on TOUR this season.

Nico Echavarria - Puerto Rico Open
Tony Finau - Cadence Bank Houston Open
Jon Rahm - Four wins (most recent: Masters Tournament)
Matt Wallace - Corales Puntacana Championship

Rahm and Finau are two of seven players in the field that finished in the top 10 at the 2022 Mexico Open, along with Brandon Wu (T2), Cameron Champ (T6), David Lipsky (T6), Alex Smalley (T6) and Patrick Rodgers (10th).

95 players that competed at last week's Zurich Classic are in the field, including seven that finished in the top 10. Wyndham Clark and Beau Hossler, who finished third and held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds, are both in the field, along with Sean O'Hair/Brandon Matthews (T7), Matthias Schwab/ Vincent Norrman (T9) and Martin Trainer (finished T9 with Chad Ramey). 

Brandon Wu carded a final-round 63 to finish T2 in 2022, tying Finau (R4) for the lowest score in any round. Wu earned his second career runner-up earlier this season at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 

At No. 50, Alex Noren is the third-highest ranked player in the field via the OWGR behind Rahm and Finau. Noren is making his tournament debut at the Mexico Open and has one top-10 on TOUR this season (T4/Cadence Bank Houston Open). Noren is a two-time runner-up on TOUR and a 10-time winner on the DP World Tour. 
  • Where: Vallarta, Mexico Vidanta Vallarta
  • When: April 24-30 
  • Par: 71 - 7,456 yds 
  • Purse: $7.7 million Winner: $1,386,000 + 500 FedExCup pts.
  • 144 players
  • 72-hole stroke play 
  • Defending champion Jon Rahm 

TAGS: PGA Tour, Jon Rahm, Mexico Open, 2023