May 2nd, 2022
Rahm hangs on to win the Mexico Open
Spaniard records his first win since the 2021 U.S. Open
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"Today was a battle," Rahm said. "But I got it done."
Rahm finished ahead of Brandon Wu, Tony Finau, who both closed with fantastic rounds of eight-under 63, and Kurt Kitayama who shared second place on sixteen-under.
The Spaniard came into the event as favourite as he was the only player in the field in the top fifteen in the world. Rahm had opened up with a seven-under round of 64 and led by two going into Sunday's round.
With Finau and Wu sitting in the clubhouse with a share of the lead on sixteen-under Rahm birdied the 14th hole to regain the lead. After pars at the next three holes, Rahm found the thick rough off the tee at the last. The world number managed to reach the edge of the green in three and two-putted to seal the victory.
"I did not think that having a par-five where a fade tee shot was required I'd be stressing this much," Jon Rahm said.
"But I got it done at the end and I think all the stress earlier in the round helped me on those last two putts."
Brandon Wu produced his career-best round with his eight-under 63, which included six birdies and an eagle.
"I played awesome today," said Wu.
Wu was joined in a share of the clubhouse lead by Tony Finau, who also birdied the last to post a final round 63 and sit on sixteen-under. Finau had an eagle on the 14th with a putt of over fifty feet that almost moved the hole.
"I hit so many greens, I gave myself so many looks, I knew if I could just roll some in that maybe I could pull something today and I was able to do that," Finau said after his round.
Kitayama also birdied the final hole, getting up and down from a back bunker to grab a share of second place.
"I'm ecstatic really," said Kitayama, whose last win was the Oman Open on the DP World tour in 2019.
Cameron Champ, who started the final round alongside Kitayama two shots behind, took a disastrous triple bogey on the par four 8th hole. but recovered to shoot a 70 and finish three shots back in a tie for sixth.