WGC-Mexico Championship R3

Jon Rahm surges into contention, Thomas in the lead

February 20-23
Chapultepec GC, Mexico City, Mexico
$10,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Spain’s Jon Rahm fired a career-best 61 – which included a hole-in-one – to charge up the leaderboard at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where Justin Thomas will take a one-shot lead into the final round.

WGC-Mexico Championship R3 - Rahm in contention
Jon Rahm set a new course record with a superb round at Chapultepec Golf Club (Fernando Llano/AP)

Rahm had started the third round 10 strokes off the lead on one under at Chapultepec Golf Club.

However, a blistering start saw the 25-year-old make birdies on six of the opening seven holes, with a bogey at eight seeing him go into the turn at 30.


The Spaniard built momentum again as he picked up three more shots heading into the final two holes and hole a superb ace on the 158-yard par-three 17th, where his tee-shot took one bounce before finding the hole to cap a remarkable round.

Rahm’s 61 was a course record at Chapultepec, the lowest round of his own European Tour career and the joint-lowest round in the history of the World Golf Championships.


“I’ve been hitting really good putts for the better part of a year but they just haven’t gone in,” Rahm told the European Tour’s official website.

“Starting yesterday on my 10th hole they started going in and it carried on today.

“I basically had tap-in, tap-in, tap-in and 10 feet for birdie and I thought ‘today could be a really special day’.


“Then backing it up with a great birdie on six and seven and a great tee shot on eight, which is a difficult tee-shot, I thought it could have been the day it ended up being.”

Rahm added: “I think a lot of us like to talk sometimes about how unlucky we get and I think today was one of those days where I got fortunate.

“I hit the right shots and I got the right bounces and I took advantage of it. There was a couple of holes where I could have gotten a little more unlucky


“I think we all compete and want to win tournaments when everybody is playing their best and if you win one of those stacked fields, it’s a lot of fun and it’s a great accomplishment, so hopefully I’m the one on top tomorrow afternoon.”

Patrick Reed and South African Erik Van Rooyen both carded rounds of 67 to put themselves in contention to also challenge world number four Thomas, who hit a six-under par third round of 65 to sit at 15 under.

Thomas made five birdies on the back nine, only to then drop a bogey at the 18th.

He said : “I’ll just go out and play golf and keep doing what we’re doing. For the most part I feel like I’m playing well.”


Reigning Race to Dubai Champion Rahm is four shots off the lead, alongside world number one Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau, who had been top after the second round.

McIlroy signed for a three-under 68, making a bogey on the par-five sixth and also the 14th, while DeChambeau – who had led by three at one point – bogeyed three of the final six holes to finish in a level par 71.

English duo Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey are tied for seventh at 10 under after both carding rounds of 66, while Chez Reavie made a hole-in-one on the 167-yard par-three third.


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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Justin Thomas
USA
-15
67
66
65
198
T2
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-14
70
62
67
199
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-14
69
63
67
199
T4
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-11
68
63
71
202
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-11
72
69
61
202
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-11
65
69
68
202
T7
Paul Casey
ENG
-10
69
68
66
203
T7
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-10
69
68
66
203
T9
Gary Woodland
USA
-9
70
69
65
204
T9
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-9
69
64
71
204
T9
Kevin Na
USA
-9
71
68
65
204
T12
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
70
70
67
207
T12
Billy Horschel
USA
-6
68
71
68
207
14
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
73
70
65
208
T15
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-4
75
68
66
209
T15
Justin Harding
RSA
-4
71
71
67
209
T15
Kevin Kisner
USA
-4
73
69
67
209
T15
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
69
70
70
209
T15
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
75
67
67
209
T15
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-4
71
71
67
209
T15
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-4
71
66
72
209
T15
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
70
69
70
209
T15
Zach Murray
AUS
-4
71
69
69
209
T24
Adam Scott
AUS
-3
74
68
68
210
T24
Bubba Watson
USA
-3
67
72
71
210
T24
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
68
70
72
210
T24
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-3
73
70
67
210
T24
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
72
72
66
210
T24
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
73
68
69
210
T30
Chez Reavie
USA
-2
71
73
67
211
T30
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
73
68
70
211
T30
Lanto Griffin
USA
-2
72
69
70
211
T30
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-2
69
72
70
211
T34
Marc Leishman
AUS
-1
74
70
68
212
T34
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
72
70
70
212
T34
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
72
69
71
212
T37
Branden Grace
RSA
Par
71
71
71
213
T37
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
71
68
74
213
T37
Ryan Fox
NZL
Par
72
68
73
213
T37
Shaun Norris
RSA
Par
75
68
70
213
T41
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
1
70
76
68
214
T41
Brendon Todd
USA
1
72
71
71
214
T41
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
72
72
70
214
T41
Collin Morikawa
USA
1
72
70
72
214
T41
Dustin Johnson
USA
1
76
71
67
214
T41
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
76
68
70
214
T41
Shugo Imahira
JPN
1
74
70
70
214
T48
Brandt Snedeker
USA
2
76
69
70
215
T48
Cameron Smith
AUS
2
73
73
69
215
T48
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
2
68
71
76
215
T48
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
71
74
70
215
T52
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
3
75
69
72
216
T52
Jason Kokrak
USA
3
73
70
73
216
T52
Sergio Garcia
ESP
3
74
72
70
216
T55
Charles Howell III
USA
4
75
74
68
217
T55
Francesco Molinari
ITA
4
72
74
71
217
T55
Jordan Spieth
USA
4
74
73
70
217
T55
Victor Perez
FRA
4
81
70
66
217
59
Kurt Kitayama
USA
5
76
70
72
218
T60
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
6
73
73
73
219
T60
Lucas Herbert
AUS
6
75
70
74
219
T60
Webb Simpson
USA
6
72
73
74
219
T63
Jorge Campillo
ESP
7
77
74
69
220
T63
Lucas Glover
USA
7
71
73
76
220
65
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
8
76
73
72
221
T66
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
74
77
71
222
T66
Scott Hend
AUS
9
72
75
75
222
T68
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
11
75
74
75
224
T68
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
11
76
76
72
224
T70
Graeme McDowell
NIR
12
76
74
75
225
T70
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
12
80
72
73
225
72
Taehee Lee
KOR
14
80
73
74
227