Moving day of this year’s Mexican Open didn’t fail to disappoint as several players worked their way into contention heading into today’s final round. Here our Mexico Open Round 3 recap
Still leading the way is overnight leader Tony Finau. Finau started the third round with a one stroke lead and managed to extend it two after eighteen gripping holes.
Starting the day as his nearest challengers, both Eric van Rooyen and Brandon Wu struggled to eat into Finau’s lead and they will start the final round with plenty of work to do.
Instead Finau has to now fend off the attentions of Akshay Batia and the 2023 Masters winner Jon Rahm who will tee off the final round just two strokes behind.
Finau maintains lead, Jon Rahm shoots course record
Despite the Mexican Open being considered as one of the PGA Tour’s smaller events, those in attendance were able to witness greatness as Jon Rahm fired his way into tournament contention following a mesmerising third round 61.
Not only did Rahm set a new course record, but he also overhauled a six shot deficit and now trails by just two.
Showing exactly why he won this tournament last year, Rahm was able to keep his scorecard clean and his momentum rolling. Tearing up the course with his superb iron play and putting, Rahm was able to score ten birdies in his historic round. Clearly thriving he will be looking to apply early pressure to Finau at the start of today’s round.
As many suspected Tomy Finau looked completely in control of his emotions yesterday and showed all of the signs as to why he is a five time winner on Tour.
The big hitting American played some of his best golf of the week and would go onto score his second 65 of the tournament.
After a dropped shot on the par 3 17th, a birdie on the last offered Finau a small element of breathing space which he will hope to capitalise on today.
Rounding out the top three is Akshay Batia who played the best round of his career to finish the day on -17, two strokes behind Finau.
According to our betting partner JazzSports only four players can win this year’s Mexico Open.
With his two stroke lead, Tony Finau is unsurprisingly the favorite for victory. A five time winner on Tour, Finau has largely struggled in 2023, with his best performance coming in the year’s opening event, the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Unable to string four good rounds together, Finau looks to have rediscovered both his game and his swing this week. His brilliant third round display showed he won’t be hit by the pressure and will certainly make Jon Rahm earn his victory if he were to end up missing out on the win.
In contrast to Finau, Jon Rahm has enjoyed a magical 2023. Already with four titles in the bank, including his epic win at the Masters, Rahm looks on course to defend the title he won so brilliantly last year.
Rahm’s putting and approach play in his course breaking 61 was nothing short of phenomenal. The star man of the Tour, if he can repeat that level of performance here he is undoubtedly today’s value play.
Akshay Batia and Brandon Wu round out the players capable of pulling off the win..
Batia was in superb form yesterday and made a huge leap up the leaderboard thanks to a brilliant 63. An eagle at the last thrust himself into contention and it will be interesting to see how he handles the occasion playing alongside both Finau and Rahm in todays final three-ball.
Brandon Wu remains on track for his first ever PGA win but will start today three off the lead. He couldn’t quite get the putts to drop yesterday and will need the putter to get hot if he is to have any say in proceedings.
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