Finau holds narrow lead at halfway in Mexico

Ronan MacNamara

Tony Finau (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tony Finau will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Mexico Open at Vedanta after a sublime 64 catapulted him to thirteen-under.

Finau leads South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen (-12) while the pair have a gap from the rest of the field.

Finau was almost bogey free but let one go on his seventeenth hole but aside from that he was excellent, reeling off a hat trick of birdies twice.


The American has good memories after a runner-up finish gave him his first top-10 in nine months last year before he soon went on to win back-to-back tournaments.

“This was a place where a lot of things changed for me last season,” Finau said. “I was able to post a second-place finish and just have a nice final round, make some putts that were very important and then it carried me into a very nice finish to last season.”

“Sometimes you’ve got to ride the waves with your putter throughout a season. I haven’t putted it great statistically over the last couple months, but things change fast,” Finau said.

“I played really nicely over the last couple days, was able to capitalize with the putter on shots that I hit pretty close. That was probably the biggest story, hitting it nicely, but being able to capitalize with the putter is very important out here and I was able to do that over the last couple days.”

Finau won three-times in 2022 taking his PGA TOUR tally to five, but dreams of a super six are far from his mind.

“After 36 holes I’m playing nicely, find myself at the top. With my experience, we’re only halfway, there’s so much golf to be played. You always want to say that you have what it takes to win a golf tournament. I think luckily for me, I’ve done that a few times over the last year,” Finau said. “But every week has its own challenges, every day has its own challenges, so this is not a time to get ahead of myself.”

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