Tony Finau claimed his sixth PGA Tour title and fifth in the last 20 months with an impressive victory at the Mexican Open.
A year after finishing second to Jon Rahm at Vidanta Vallarta, Finau reversed those positions thanks to a flawless finishing 66.
At 24-under, Finau finished three shots clear of world number one Rahm, with Brandon Wu, who was joint second with Finau 12 months ago, two more shots back in third.
“It feels amazing,” Finau told CBS. “Rahmbo is the best, he is on top of the world right now.
“I knew I was going to have my hands full with him until the end and I didn’t know this golf tournament was mine until I got to this (18th) green here.
“It’s crazy how this game is, you never think you’ve won a tournament until it’s over, so it feels great and we’re going to enjoy it with my family.”
Rahm, who had scored a course-record 61 in round three, was chasing a fifth win of the year and the Masters champion kept his outside chance alive with a fourth birdie of the day on the 15th, only to bogey on the 17th after his tee. shot blocked on the edge of a bunker next to the green.
Finau started the day with a two-shot lead and immediately extended it with a birdie in the first, but was trapped at the top of the leaderboard when Wu followed up two early birdies with an eagle in the sixth and another birdie in the next.
However, Finau responded with a birdie of his own in the short seventh and Wu’s chances disappeared when he dove into the water on the 10th for a double bogey.
Finau birdied days 11 and 14 to give himself a breather and parried the last four holes to round off a brilliant week.