Jake Knapp holds on to claim maiden tour win in Mexico

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The rookie saw his four-shot lead disappear but held on to secure victory by two strokes.
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February 26, 2024
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Rookie Jake Knapp held on to claim his maiden PGA Tour title, despite seeing his four-shot overnight lead wiped out early in the final round of the Mexico Open.

"I don't think it's fully sunk in yet simply because I haven't looked at the schedule and all the events that I'm into now. Obviously I know the Masters and everything like that. Yeah, it feels pretty amazing."

The 29-year-old American’s level-par 71 was enough to hold off the challenge of Finland’s Sami Välimäki, who hit a closing 69 to finish two shots back.

Knapp saw his four-shot buffer halved as he bogeyed two of the first three holes, Välimäki moving within one with a birdie on the fourth.

"It was one of those where we kind of tried to not leaderboard watch and just focus on my game. We knew the course was set up a little bit tougher today, there weren't going to be any super crazy low scores, especially on the back nine. Just kind of felt it was one of those if I could have a lead going into the back nine that if I just kind of make a bunch of pars and force guys to make birdies, it's going to be tough.

"After that start wasn't super ideal and we just said it's kind of the three worst holes I could have played and we still have a two-shot lead, we've got a free tee shot right here, get this swing out of the way, make some pars, give ourselves some birdie chances and we'll be just fine.

The Finn eagled the short par four seventh to draw level as Knapp claimed his first birdie of the day.

He added just one more on the 14th, but Välimäki had dropped three shots by then and could not close the gap again.

"Walking off 17 [Knapp] told Mike, let's have a conversation because I know that there's some guys that play it left of that fairway into the opposite hole. I was like, let's have a conversation even though I've never done it, never seen it in the practice round or anything like that. Only place you can't go is out-of-bounds right. But I hadn't driven it that well all day and felt like if anything, I was either missing it left or kind of overcutting, so I had a bit of a two-way miss going.

"I was like let's just aim just left of the bunker, hit our fade. If it goes in the bunker, fine; if I overcut it, it's in the fairway. He said he loved it. So yeah, just trusted that, trusted our game plan and went about business."

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre finished six shots back in a tie for sixth after a closing 69, but England’s Matt Wallace – who shared the halfway lead – slipped to tied 33rd with a 74.

Knapp’s win earns him a place at the US Masters, PGA Championship and the five signature events remaining on the PGA Tour.

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2Sami Valimaki-1764676769267
T3Stephan Jaeger-1468686965270
T3C.T. Pan-1471676765270
T3Justin Lower-1470666668270
T6Patrick Rodgers-1366706867271
T6Robert MacIntyre-1371666569271
T8Carson Young-1271676866272
T8Doug Ghim-1267716767272
T8Andrew Novak-1266686969272
T8Erik van Rooyen-1263697070272
T8Chan Kim-1266696671272
T13Maverick McNealy-1170706766273
T13Tony Finau-1169676968273
T13Alvaro Ortiz-1167647369273
T13Brandon Wu-1171676669273
T13Ben Silverman-1170686372273
T13Henrik Norlander-1165716572273
T19Aaron Rai-1068706967274
T19Greyson Sigg-1071686867274
T19Martin Trainer-1070706668274
T19Jorge Campillo-1067706770274
T19Keith Mitchell-1071686570274
T24Dylan Wu-968687366275
T24Nico Echavarria-967697366275
T24Aaron Baddeley-968706968275
T24Chandler Phillips-969696968275
T24Parker Coody-972686768275
T24Stuart Macdonald-969716768275
T24Chesson Hadley-969676970275
T24Cameron Champ-966716771275
T24Davis Thompson-970706471275
T33Harry Hall-869717165276
T33James Hahn-870707066276
T33Chad Ramey-873676769276
T33Emiliano Grillo-869676773276
T33Matt Wallace-866657174276
T38Rafael Campos-770677268277
T38Austin Eckroat-769707068277
T38Hayden Springer-769706969277
T38Ryan McCormick-770706869277
T38Jimmy Stanger-768687170277
T38Kevin Dougherty-772647170277
T38Wilson Furr-769706870277
T38Joseph Bramlett-766706774277
T46Santiago De la Fuente(a)-667697270278
T46Thorbjørn Olesen-666707171278
T48Ryo Hisatsune-569717267279
T48Cristobal Del Solar-565737071279
T48Lanto Griffin-566707172279
T48Mark Hubbard-569657372279
T52Nicolai Højgaard-468707468280
T52Austin Smotherman-471677369280
T52Padraig Harrington-472667270280
T52Victor Perez-470706971280
T52Carl Yuan-471657272280
T52Ryan Palmer-471676973280
T58Erik Barnes-370707071281
T58Troy Merritt-371696972281
T60Trace Crowe-169717073283
T60Ryan Moore-169677374283
T60Jhonattan Vegas-171686975283
T60Garrick Higgo-170706875283
T60Robby Shelton-167697176283
65MJ Daffue+665757674290
CUTNate Lashley-17368--141
CUTAlex Smalley-17170--141
CUTMatt NeSmith-17368--141
CUTPatton Kizzire-16972--141
CUTVincent Norrman-16873--141
CUTAlejandro Tosti-17269--141
CUTRico Hoey-17170--141
CUTBen Taylor-17071--141
CUTDavid Skinns-17368--141
CUTAlexander Björk-17071--141
CUTPaul Barjon-17368--141
CUTOmar Morales(a)-17071--141
CUTTyson AlexanderPar7369--142
CUTCharley HoffmanPar7270--142
CUTDavis RileyPar7369--142
CUTJ.B. HolmesPar7072--142
CUTZecheng DouPar6973--142
CUTJacob BridgemanPar7171--142
CUTMatt AtkinsPar6973--142
CUTBlaine Hale, Jr.Par7171--142
CUTVince Whaley+17172--143
CUTK.H. Lee+17667--143
CUTBronson Burgoon+17469--143
CUTJoe Highsmith+17568--143
CUTPatrick Fishburn+17370--143
CUTMichael Kim+16974--143
CUTS.H. Kim+17271--143
CUTDavid Lipsky+16578--143
CUTScott Stallings+17370--143
CUTChez Reavie+16974--143
CUTHarrison Endycott+17370--143
CUTRoger Sloan+27173--144
CUTTom Whitney+27272--144
CUTRoberto Díaz+27173--144
CUTRyan Fox+27173--144
CUTSam Stevens+27173--144
CUTJosh Teater+27272--144
CUTFrancesco Molinari+27470--144
CUTRaul Pereda+27371--144
CUTJ.J. Spaun+37669--145
CUTSebastián Vázquez+37174--145
CUTKevin Chappell+37372--145
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CUTFred Biondi+37174--145
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CUTCallum Tarren+47472--146
CUTRyan Brehm+47175--146
CUTScott Piercy+47373--146
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CUTMac Meissner+47274--146
CUTNorman Xiong+47274--146
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CUTMatti Schmid+57572--147
CUTThomas Detry+57869--147
CUTRodolfo Cazaubòn+67375--148
CUTAustin Wylie+77574--149
CUTMackenzie Hughes+87773--150
CUTBrandt Snedeker+87575--150
CUTPreston Stanley+87377--150
CUTAdrien Dumont de Chassart+97378--151
CUTJustin Suh+97477--151
CUTBen Sigel+97675--151
CUTRenato Naula(a)+127579--154
W/DChris Gotterup-69---69
W/DMax Greyserman-70---70
W/DPierceson Coody-78---78
W/DBen Kohles-76---76
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Location: Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

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