Jon Rahm secured his first victory of the season, and his first title since winning the US last summer, with one-shot victory at the inaugural Mexico Open held at the Vidanta Vallarta resort.
The 27-year-old Spaniard was pushed to the wire to end his dry spell, surviving a late flurry from American pair Brandon Wu and Tony Finau to take the victory.
The world No. 2 arrived in Mexico as the overwhelming favourite and he lived up to his star billing with a commanding performance across the first three rounds, opening with a seven-under 64, and adding rounds of 66 and 68 to take a two-shot lead into the final day’s play.
However, final round 63s from Wu and Finau, who had begun the final round seven shots adrift of the leader, left Rahm facing a nervy back-nine. After a bogey on the 10th, three pars either side of a birdie on the 14th left the Spaniard needing to par on the par-5 final hole. Despite driving his tee shot into the rough, he recovered to make par, finishing with a two-under 69 and clinching his seventh PGA Tour title.
“It feels good to get this first win done,” said Rahm. “I had a couple of chances earlier this season and I couldn’t close it out. Today was a battle, but I got it done. My first wire-to-wire victory. Even though it was hard at the end, I’ll take it.”