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    Jon Rahm leads from begin to end to win Mexico Open

    Jon Rahm hits his tee shot on Sunday on the 14th gap on the Mexico Open.

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    Jon Rahm was the overwhelming favourite to win earlier than any ball was struck this week on the Mexico Open. And he held a minimum of a share of the lead after Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And he was, actually, the winner when the final ball was hit Sunday at Vidanta Vallarta Golf Course, his tap-in for par on the 18th. 

    However all through? A grind. That’s to not be a shock. Whereas Rahm was the highest-ranked participant within the area, it’s not as if he had been enjoying as a single for 4 days. However this path to victory speaks to the participant Rahm is. Removed from straightforward is it to exit and do what everybody thinks it’s best to. That’s stress. The 27-year-old Spaniard did it equally final yr on the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, the place he’s loved a great quantity of success. And Rahm did so once more on the Mexico Open, main wire to wire and incomes his first win since his main championship breakthrough final June. 

    Behind a two-under 69 within the ultimate spherical, Rahm gained by a shot over Kurt Kitayama, Brandon Wu and Tony Finau — Wu and Finau every shot course-record 63 — and by two strokes over Davis Riley. The victory was Rahm’s seventh on the PGA Tour, nevertheless it was removed from a given. 

    After rounds of 64, 66 and 68 — he missed the twos sample by a stroke! — Rahm started Sunday with a two-shot lead, and he treaded water as the sphere inched nearer. Rahm birdied 6 and seven. On 10, regardless of finally bogeying the opening, he caught perhaps the break of the event, after he hooked his tee shot left and towards the penalty space, just for it to hit a cart and bounce again towards the golf green. 

    From there, Wu, Finau and Kitayama briefly joined Rahm on the high, and all three dropped out of the lead when Rahm birdied the 561-yard, par-5 14th on an 11-foot putt. Rahm then floor out pars on 15, 16, 17 and 18, and he was the winner. 

    As anticipated. 

    The takeaway

    Rahm’s again within the winner circle. He’ll have momentum with three majors forward. 

    The leaderboard breakdown 

    — Jon Rahm begins the ultimate spherical with a two-shot lead over Kurt Kitayama and Cameron Champ, and a three-shot lead over Nate Lashley, Patrick Rodgers and Davis Riley. 

    — Rahm birdies the 584-yard, par-5 sixth after hitting the inexperienced in two — his first birdie of the day — and thru six holes, he leads by one. He’s at 16-under, Champ and Kitayama are at 15-under, and Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley are at 13-under. 

    — Rahm birdies the 302-yard, par-4 seventh on a 7-foot putt, and he maintains his one-shot lead. He’s at 17-under, Kitayama and Champ are at 16-under, and Smalley is at 14-under. 

    — Champ triple-bogeys the 486-yard, par-4 eighth after hitting his drive into the penalty space, and he falls again. Rahm is at 17-under, Kitayama is at 16-under, and Wu and Smalley are at 14-under. 

    — The five hundred-yard, par-4 tenth is notable for the ultimate group. Rahm hits his drive left and towards the penalty space, nevertheless it hits a cart and bounces again towards the golf green — however he doesn’t hit the inexperienced together with his second shot and he bogeys the opening. Kitayama hits his drive into the water, and he bogeys the opening. The lead doesn’t change, and the leaderboard reads this manner: Rahm is at 16-under, Wu and Kitayama are at 15-under, and Smalley, Aaron Smart and Tony Finau are at 14-under. 

    — Wu birdies the 470-yard, par-4 sixteenth — he’s seven-under for the day — and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Rahm and Wu are at 16-under, Finau and Kitayama are at 15-under, and Smart and Smalley are at 14-under. 

    — Kitayama birdies the 661-yard, par-5 twelfth after hitting his third shot, from good of the inexperienced, to 4 toes, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Rahm, Kitayama and Wu are at 16-under, Finau is at 15-under, and Smart, Smalley, Riley and Champ are at 14-under. 

    — Finau birdies the 537-yard, par-5 18th after hitting his second shot to five toes, and he strikes right into a share of the lead. Rahm, Kitayama, Wu and Finau are at 16-under, Riley is at 15-under, and Champ, Smart and David Lipsky are at 14-under. Finau and Wu set course information with eight-under 63s. 

    — Rahm birdies the 561-yard, par-5 14th on an 11-foot putt, and he takes a one-shot lead. Rahm is at 17-under, Kitayama, Wu and Finau are at 16-under, Riley is at 15-under, and Champ, Smart and David Lipsky are at 14-under. 

    — Rahm, on the 18th, hits his drive simply above the lip of a fairway bunker, lays up wanting the inexperienced, then hits his third shot to 23 toes. From there, he two-putts for his first victory since final yr’s U.S. Open. 

    The ultimate phrase 

    “I don’t take a look at bets or something like that. I prefer to suppose each time I tee it up I’m the favourite as a result of I’m on the market to win and I’ve been enjoying fairly good the previous couple of years.” — Jon Rahm on CBS after his victory   

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    Nick Piastowski
    Patacon.org Editor

    Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Patacon.org and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s liable for modifying, writing and growing tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at [email protected]

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