The term “Jon Rahm and everyone else” normally refers to how good Rahm is compared to the rest of the world. This week at the Mexican Open in Vidanta, however, he’s referring to an area where Rahm, who holds the lead after Round 2, is the better player by an extraordinary margin.
Rahm is the only player in this area – which is at a new location in Vidanta Vallarta – ranked in the top 10 in the world and one of only three ranked in the top 30. Although it might seem odd that Rahm would add an event few of his peers on the Official World Golf Ranking play, he has a lot to gain this week against the Adam Schenks and Greyson Siggs of the world.
There have been hiccups for Rahm not present at the start of 2022. He struggled a bit with his putter and lost strokes on his short game in four of his last five stroke play events. That could be a problem with big events like the PGA Championship and the US Open – where he will be the defending champion – coming up over the next two months.
How Rahm plays this week will be a big storyline, but it won’t be the only script. The second-highest ranked player in the field, Abraham Ancer, will attempt to win in his home country in the first iteration of this event (which dates back to 1944) as a PGA Tour event. Tony Finau will try to get out of his mini-slump. Gary Woodland will try to keep his hand warm. And players like Sahith Theegala and Davis Riley, who both came close to winning in 2022, will be looking to win the first PGA Tour trophy of their careers.
Add it all up, and it’s an interesting new event on the PGA Tour slate that could either showcase Rahm’s immense gifts or potentially a first-time champion picking up a career-changing victory at Vidanta Vallarta on Sunday.
All times Eastern; approximate broadcast start times
Round 4 – Sunday
The round begins: 7:35 am
Radio: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio