Jon Rahm takes over the leadership of the Mexico Open after the first round

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The Spanish Jon Rahm, number two in the world, managed to take over the first position of the table of the Mexico Open along with Americans Jonathan Byrd, Brendon Todd, Trey Mullinax Kurt Kitayama and Bryson Nimmer.

With a seven under field pair, the players placed themselves in a good position in the table of the tournament that visits Mexico as part of the PGA Tour calendar.

“I was very comfortable off the tee, not that it’s bad, but today I felt much more comfortable. It’s not the most demanding course – apart from the 1st and 10th holes – you’re never in real danger of being out of position. Unless you go out in the afternoon, because when the wind starts to blow, the countryside shows its teeth”, said Rahm, who assured before the tournament began that one of his goals is to regain the position of number one in the world.

Tied in seventh position and one blow behind the leaders are the English Aaron Rai and Americans Aaron Wise, Sahith Theegala and Scott Brown.

The Mexican with the best position in the tablea, in 34th place, is Álvaro Ortiz, from Guadalajara, who signed a card of 68 hits, three under field par, 4 shots behind the leaders.

It was a good round, but I still can’t trust myself, I have 56 holes before I finish. My goal is to take advantage of the change in conditions tomorrow to come back.”

Carlos Ortiz from Guadalajara, Alvaro’s older brother, finished his round with 70 shots, one under field par. He was six off the lead and assured that it was very positive to have finished under par.

“It is a field that defends itself in the afternoon, it is normal. Tomorrow we leave early and we have to try to make the best possible scorebut in general I leave very happy, because I fought,” he declared after leaving the Vidanta Vallarta lawn.

For his part, Abraham Ancer – the Mexican in the best position in the world golf ranking – showed his frustration for a day that he qualified as regular, since he was ranked on par in the field. El Turco pocketed four birdies for two bogeys and a double bogeyin addition to the fact that on the 18th hole a birdie escaped him.

“I wanted to play better, but the conditions were not easy at all. She got into quite a fight with him. I started a little lazy making some silly mistakes, “said the Tamaulipas.

The rest of the tricolor players were above par in the field.

Two holes in one on the first day

Players Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Gutschewski holed out a pair of holes in one at the 5th hole flagone of 189 yards.

Thailand’s Aphibarnrat scored his first hole-in-one as a member of the tour, while American Gutschewski’s was his second.

This is the fourth time in PGA record (from 1983-present) that multiple holes-in-one have been recorded in the same round of a stroke-play event.




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