Tony Finau shot a final-round 66 and cruised to a three-shot victory over Jon Rahm (67) at the 2023 Mexico Open.
Finau signed for a clean card, which included 13 pars and five birdies, en route to a 24-under-par total.
“I played great golf all week. That’s something that I wanted to do,” said Finau. “Every day I was striking the golf ball really nicely, but the biggest thing is I was able to convert the birdie putts that I really needed to and also some of the par saves that were momentum swingers for me.
“Very happy just with the four rounds I was able to put together. And I knew today was going to be a tall task going against Rahmbo (Jon Rahm) with the form that he’s in.
“I was really put to the test and came out on top, which feels great.”
Brandon Wu carded a 68 to finish solo third on 19 under, one clear of Ashkay Bhatia, who shot 70 to finish solo 4th on 18 under.
Two further back and rounding out the top-5 was the trio of Eric Cole (66), Austin Smotherman (67) and Emiliano Grillo (65).
The win was the sixth of Finau’s PGA Tour career, and fourth in the past ten months. He started the winning streak with back-to-back victories at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic in the late summer of 2022, followed by a third title during the fall series in Houston.
And now a fourth trophy this week in Mexico.
“As far as my future, you never know what your future holds, but take it a day at a time and this is a nice step in the right direction on my season,” said Finau.
“We’ll just continue to stack up hopefully some wins and some major championships in the future.”
Finau earned $1.36 million and 500 FedEx Cup points. The 33-year-old Utah native will move to No.4 on the tour’s season-long points race.
2023 Mexico Open
Pos-Player-Score (Final Rd)
1. Tony Finau -24 (-5)
2. Jon Rahm -21 (-4)
3. Brandon Wu -19 (-3)
4. Akshay Bhatia -18 (-1)
5. Emiliano Grillo -16 (-6)
5. Eric Cole -16 (-5)
5. Austin Smotherman -16 (-3)
8. Ben Taylor -14 (-4)
8. Cameron Champ -14 (-4)
10. Patrick Rodgers -13 (-7)
10. Alejandro Tosti -13 (-7)
10. Harry Hall -13 (-6)
10. Joseph Bramlett -13 (-5)
10. Beau Hossler -13 (-5)
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