Continuing his success at Vidanta Vallarta, Tony Finau surges into lead at 2023 Mexico Open

Tony Finau’s worst score in his past three rounds at Vidanta Vallarta? A 6-under 65.

He soared into the lead after his 7-under 64 second round at the 2023 Mexico Open at Vidanta in Puerto Vallarta. He sits at 13 under, two shots clear of the closest chaser after the morning wave.

Last year in Mexico, Finau tied for second, a shot behind Jon Rahm, after a closing 63. He opened with a 65 on Thursday before his 64 on Friday.

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Finau’s round was smooth sailing until the eighth green, his 17th hole of the day. He three-putted for bogey, then his tee shot on the par-3 ninth was short and right of the green, rolling back into the rough. He was able to scramble for par making an 8-foot, 4-inch putt, but nevertheless, it doesn’t take away from his stellar round.

Finau turned in 5-under 31, including three straight birdies on Nos. 16-18. He then had another trio of birdies on Nos. 5-7 before the lone blemish at 8. He hit 16 of 18 greens and missed only one of 13 fairways.

The five-time Tour winner has one victory this season, coming in the fall at the Cadence Bank Houston Open. He won consecutive starts last summer, coming at the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota, and Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

The 33-year-old is ranked 16th in the world (but fifth in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings) and has missed only one cut in 13 starts, that coming at the World Wide Technology Championship, the week before he hoisted a trophy in Houston.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek