Erik van Rooyen takes opening lead at Vidanta

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February 23, 2024
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Erik van Rooyen shot two eagles at the par-5s 6th and 12th, five birdies and one bogey en route to a season-low 8-under 63, one stroke shy of his career-low 62, to take a one-shot lead at the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

“Greedily, I feel like I left a few out there,” said the South African “Then again, a shot like 6, the 3-iron I had into that par 5 turned out great. I’m not planning to hit it to 6 feet to that flag. A give-and-take in golf, and really happy with the round.”

This was his first time making multiple eagles in any individual stroke play event on the PGA TOUR. He has won twice on Tour including once at the 2023 World Wide Technology Championship in Los Cabos.

"Two eagles is pretty rare, right? It doesn't happen that often. If you can do that and you can kind of capitalize on the rest of the round, you're going to have 8 under like I did today, so that was obviously nice.

"I like to think I'm stepping into my best golf. Had a few injuries the last few years and I'm finally healthy and good golf's starting to show up. So I like to think the best golf is still ahead of me."

Finland's Sami Välimäki, in his eleventh start on the PGA TOUR, shot six birdies in his first ten holes, plus an eagle 2 at the par-4 7th hole en route to 7-under 64, matching his career low on Tour.

American David Lipsky made nine birdies, tying his career most in a single round, and lies in a share of third place at 6-under alongside Sweden's Henrik Norlander who made three birdies and an eagle in his final five holes.

Chilean Cristobal Del Solar, in his second PGA TOUR start after earning a sponsor exemption to this event in 2023, also shares third place as does South African MJ Daffue who learned Sunday night that he was the recipient of a sponsor exemption when Will Zalatoris withdrew.

Aon Next 10 and Aon Swing 5

The winner of the Mexico Open at Vidanta will earn a spot in all five remaining Signature Events (if a non-member, must accept membership after the win), while other TOUR members are fighting for spots in the Aon Next 10 and the Aon Swing 5 to earn a place in the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Erik van Rooyen-863
2Sami Valimaki-764
T3David Lipsky-665
T3Henrik Norlander-665
T3Cristobal Del Solar-665
T3MJ Daffue-665
T7Andrew Novak-566
T7Cameron Champ-566
T7Thorbjørn Olesen-566
T7Patrick Rodgers-566
T7Lanto Griffin-566
T7Matt Wallace-566
T7Joseph Bramlett-566
T7Chan Kim-566
T15Robby Shelton-467
T15Doug Ghim-467
T15Jake Knapp-467
T15Jorge Campillo-467
T15Nico Echavarria-467
T15Alvaro Ortiz-467
T15Santiago De la Fuente(a)-467
T22Nicolai Højgaard-368
T22Aaron Baddeley-368
T22Stephan Jaeger-368
T22Dylan Wu-368
T22Vincent Norrman-368
T22Aaron Rai-368
T22Jimmy Stanger-368
T29Michael Kim-269
T29Tony Finau-269
T29Mark Hubbard-269
T29Harry Hall-269
T29Chez Reavie-269
T29Zecheng Dou-269
T29Matt Atkins-269
T29Wilson Furr-269
T29Stuart Macdonald-269
T29Chris Gotterup-269
T29Ryo Hisatsune-269
T29Austin Eckroat-269
T29Ryan Moore-269
T29Emiliano Grillo-269
T29Patton Kizzire-269
T29Chesson Hadley-269
T29Trace Crowe-269
T29Chandler Phillips-269
T29Hayden Springer-269
T48Justin Lower-170
T48Maverick McNealy-170
T48Ben Taylor-170
T48J.B. Holmes-170
T48Martin Trainer-170
T48Victor Perez-170
T48Alexander Björk-170
T48Ryan McCormick-170
T48Omar Morales(a)-170
T48Garrick Higgo-170
T48Scott Gutschewski-170
T48Davis Thompson-170
T48James Hahn-170
T48Max Greyserman-170
T48Rafael Campos-170
T48Erik Barnes-170
T48Ben Silverman-170
T65Brandon WuPar71
T65Sam StevensPar71
T65Ryan FoxPar71
T65Keith MitchellPar71
T65Greyson SiggPar71
T65Jacob BridgemanPar71
T65Troy MerrittPar71
T65Fred BiondiPar71
T65Robert MacIntyrePar71
T65Blaine Hale, Jr.Par71
T65Alex SmalleyPar71
T65Jhonattan VegasPar71
T65C.T. PanPar71
T65Vince WhaleyPar71
T65Carson YoungPar71
T65Ryan BrehmPar71
T65Ryan PalmerPar71
T65Roger SloanPar71
T65Carl YuanPar71
T65Sebastián VázquezPar71
T65Austin SmothermanPar71
T65Roberto DíazPar71
T65Rico HoeyPar71
T88Josh Teater+172
T88Charley Hoffman+172
T88S.H. Kim+172
T88Padraig Harrington+172
T88Mac Meissner+172
T88Norman Xiong+172
T88Alejandro Tosti+172
T88Tom Whitney+172
T88Parker Coody+172
T88Kevin Dougherty+172
T98Taylor Pendrith+273
T98Kevin Chappell+273
T98Davis Riley+273
T98Scott Stallings+273
T98Scott Piercy+273
T98Preston Stanley+273
T98Harrison Endycott+273
T98David Skinns+273
T98Raul Pereda+273
T98Paul Barjon+273
T98Jose Antonio Safa(a)+273
T98Nate Lashley+273
T98Matt NeSmith+273
T98Tyson Alexander+273
T98Chad Ramey+273
T98Rodolfo Cazaubòn+273
T98Adrien Dumont de Chassart+273
T98Patrick Fishburn+273
T116Justin Suh+374
T116Francesco Molinari+374
T116Callum Tarren+374
T116Bronson Burgoon+374
T120Brandt Snedeker+475
T120Austin Wylie+475
T120Matti Schmid+475
T120Joe Highsmith+475
T120Renato Naula(a)+475
T125Tyler Duncan+576
T125Ben Sigel+576
T125K.H. Lee+576
T125J.J. Spaun+576
T125Ben Kohles+576
130Mackenzie Hughes+677
T131Pierceson Coody+778
T131Thomas Detry+778
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Mexico Open at Vidanta 2024

Date: February 22nd - 25th 2024

Location: Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

Purse: $8,100,000

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