May 1st, 2023
Tony Finau Wins Mexico Open
Finau beats Rahm by three shots after final-round 66
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The American, who finished joint-second behind Spain's Rahm 12 months ago in last years event, sealed victory with a five-under 66 to finish on 24 under overall.
Masters Champion and World No 1 Rahm had closed to within two shots of Finau after a sensational, bogey-free 10-under round of 61 on Saturday, however Finau held strong on the final day, finishing with a five-under round of 66.
"[Rahm] is the best - he's on top of the world right now," Finau, said. "I knew I was gonna' have my hands full with him all the way to the end."
After birdieing the first, Finau also birdied the par-four fifth. Rahm then hit back with his first birdie of the day at on the sixth while Finau parred, and both made birdie at the par-four seventh.
Both players parred all the following holes until Finau birdied again at the par-three 11th, placing his first shot to within ten feet of the pin. Although Rahm was active late, adding three birdies and a bogey, the damage had been done by Finau and he never got close enough to threaten his lead.
"It's a great reminder that what you've done means absolutely nothing, you still have to go out there and do it," Rahm said. "It's also good so you don't think too much of yourself, right?
"Like, obviously I wanted to win, but it's a reminder that everybody out here is a great player and Tony came out with a two-shot lead and played fantastic golf.
Tony Finau wins his sixth PGA TOUR title and fourth in his last 18 starts, earning multiple victories in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career, and takes a $1,386,000 share of the $7.7 million total prize purse.
It was Rahm's Best finish in seven career title defences on tour, and with his finish, he sets the tour record for most Official Money earned in a single season with $14,462,840 (previous: $14,046,910/Scottie Scheffler/2021-22).
2022 Mexico Open at Vidanta runner-up Brandon Wu (3rd/-19) finishes solo third for his second top-10 in 20 starts this season and held a share of the lead following an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole from 44’5”.
PGA TOUR Special Temporary Member Akshay Bhatia (4 th/-18) cards a 70 to post his third career top-10 in his 28th start on tour, including his second this season.
A well-document family man, Finau was spotted caddying for his children just hours after sealing his open victory, showing that its not all just about winning.