Through two rounds of this year’s Mexican Open, it is American Tony Finau who leads the tournament at the halfway stage. Here is the Mexican Open Round 1 and 2 Highlights & Round 3 Preview.
Leading by one stroke, the world number 16 leads a small group of three players who have managed to create a little bit of distance from the rest of the chasing pack. Eric van Rooyen and Brandon Wu will start the third round just one stroke behind the five-time PGA Tour winner but will start the day three clear of the rest of the field.
Ranked as the second highest-ranked player in the field this week, through the first two rounds Tony Finau has shown exactly why he is one of the game’s most prestigious talents.
An opening round 65 saw the American nicely bunched with the first-round leaders but he went one shot better today, firing a superb seven under 64 to lead the tournament by one.
Right up there with Finau are the duo of Eric van Rooyen and Brandon Wu.
Like Finau, van Rooyen has been right up there with the tournament’s early pace-setters and he maintained his position at the top of the field with a brilliant second-round 66.
He is joined on -12 by American Brandon Wu who ended his second round by posting four birdies in his final five holes. Wu’s second round 64 was one of the best rounds of the day.
World number one and 2023 Masters Champion Jon Rahm headed into the week as the tournament’s defending champion. Clearly the classiest player in this week’s field, Rahm sits six off the lead at the halfway mark.
Heading into the third round of the Mexican Open, Finau, van Rooyen, and Wu have managed to create some separation from the rest of the field and lead the betting.
In recent seasons Tony Finau has been able to shift his tag of golf’s nearly man and has been able to win prolifically. Whilst some of the game’s biggest prizes still elude him, when Finau is driving the ball well there are very few that can match him.
Eric van Rooyen will be looking to give chase. A hugely talented ball striker, van Rooyen’s current ranking of 130 highlights how inconsistent he can be. A winner on Tour back in 2021, van Rooyen clearly likes it in Mexico as he was able to finish third in the 2020 Mexican Open.
Brandon Wu has yet to win on Tour but he came close earlier this season when he finished second in the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. A prolific winner back on the Korn Ferry Tour, Wu knows what it takes to win. It will be fascinating to see how he handles the pressure of being amongst the leaders in yet another PGA event.
Whilst it looks like the top three in the field will take some stopping, there should be plenty of value to be found elsewhere.
Jimmy Walker showed some signs of life at the RBC Heritage and he has carried his momentum with him here. Walker will start today five behind but is clearly playing some of his best golf in years.
Jon Rahm is certainly not out of proceedings. The big Spaniard will start six back but will still be who everyone will be keeping an eye on. More than capable of making his charge he could make his current odds look dramatically overpriced.
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