PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico
Jon Rahm pulled back from a tie at four with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, then held on with par for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Mexican Open.
Rahm won for the first time since the US Open last summer at Torrey Pines.
Tony Finau and Brandon Wu each closed with a 63, while Kurt Kitayama birdied the last hole from a back bunker for a 68. They tied for second.
Equipped with a lead of two shots before the final round, he never trailed. But it has never been easy.
Rahm had a one-shot lead after his only bogey of the round on the tough par-4 10th.
Well ahead of him, Wu made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to join him at 16 under. Kitayama, playing in the final group with Rahm, swung back and forth from the right of the green on the par-5 12th to par. And then Finau went birdie-eagle-birdie to get into the mix and capped his 63 with a birdie to make it a tie at four.
Rahm never lost patience. His chip to the left of the green on the par-5 14th traveled 12 feet through the hole, but he hit his best putt of the round and did it for a birdie for a one-stroke lead. He went the rest of the way to his seventh PGA Tour title and 14th in the world.
Rahm finished at 17 under 267.
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Spaniard Adri Arnaus claimed his first European Tour title when he overcame a seven-under deficit with a 7-under 65 and won the Catalyunya championship in the playoffs with a par on the sixth extra hole.
Arnaus, who hails from Barcelona in northeastern Spain near Girona, caught overnight leader Oliver Bekker, who closed with a 72.
In the playoffs, Arnaus and Becker made par in five trips to the 18th hole, but when they went to the 17th, Bekker’s bogey gave Arnaus the title.
Arnaus, 27, had already finished second on the European tour five times. It was his third playoff in seven months. Bekker was also looking for his first tour victory.
It was the European tour’s first time at the PGA Catalunya since the 2014 Spanish Open. The venue hosted the European qualifiers from 2008 to 2016.
KORN FERRY TOUR
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Harrison Endycott of Australia closed at par 70 and captured his first Korn Ferry Tour title with a five-stroke win over Ben Taylor in the Huntsville Championship.
Endycott took control of the tournament with a 64 in the third round and was never seriously challenged on Sunday.
Taylor opened with two bogeys and had a double bogey on the No. 8. But he started the back nine with four straight birdies and closed a 70. Second place moved Taylor to No. 10 in the hunt for points for the 25 players who move on to the PGA Tour next season.
Endycott moves up to No. 12 with a win after a rocky start to the year in which he had just one top-30 finish.
Gabriella Then closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke win over Florida teenager Alexa Pano at the Garden City Charity Classic in Kansas. Then won the Epson Tour for the first time. … Yuki Inamori closed with 7 under 63 for a three-stroke win over Jung-Gon Hwang in The Crowns. Inamori won the Japan Golf Tour for the third time and will enter the top 100 in the world, which will likely put him in the PGA Championship. Hwang shot 67 in his third start since returning from mandatory military service in South Korea. … Former U.S. Women’s Open champion A Lim Kim finished 2-under 70 for a three-stroke win over Ga Young Lee in the KLPGA Championship. … Former Oklahoma State star Maja Stark of Sweden went 2-under 70 to earn a five-stroke victory over Johanna Gustavsson of Sweden at the NSW Women’s Open in Australia. It was Stark’s third title on the Ladies European Tour in the last eight months. … Tristen Strydom won his first Sunshine Tour event with a six-stroke victory in the season-ending Tour Championship, closing with a 6-under 66 for a six-stroke win, the largest margin in the league. history of the tournament. … José Toledo closed with a 6-under 66 for a six-stroke win over Raul Pereda at the Diners Club Peru Open, his first PGA Tour Latinoamerica title in five years. … Mao Saigo closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Teresa Lu at the Panasonic Open of the LPGA of Japan.
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