Jon Rahm at the Mexico Open
Photo: PGA Tour

World No. 2 Jon Rahm remains in control of the Mexico Open, counting for the North American PGA Tour for the first time after the 3rd round played on Saturday.

The Spaniard made 4 birdies against 1 bogey to return a card of 68 or 3 shots under par.

I played very good golf,” Rahm said. “So far, I’m proud of how I’ve played, and I can continue to enjoy every moment and hope to play as solidly as I did.

Seeking his seventh career PGA title and his first since winning his first Major last year at the US Open, Rahm is two strokes ahead of Americans Kurt Kitayama and Cameron Champ, who returned cards of 66 and 67, respectively.

Looking for his first PGA title, Kitayama missed the green on the 17th hole and made a bogey, falling behind Rahm.

Champ had two consecutive bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes, which penalized his final score after 6 birdies on the first 14 holes.

Ranking after the 3rd round (par 71):

  1. Jon Rahm (ESP) -15 (64-66-68)
  2. Cameron Champ (USA) -13 (67-66-67)
  3. Kurt Kitayama (USA) -13 (64-70-66)
  4. Davis Riley (USA) -12 (69-65-67)
  5. Patrick Rodgers (USA) -12 (66-69-66)
  6. Nate Lashley (USA) -12 (69-68-64)
  7. Alex Smalley (USA) -11 (66-66-70)
  8. Aaron Rai (ENG) -10 (65-69-69)
  9. Satoshi Kodaira (JAP) -10 (67-69-67)
  10. Patrick Reed (USA) -10 (67-66-70)
  11. Hank Lebioda (USA) -10 (67-67-69)
  12. Andrew Novak (USA) -10 (66-67-70)

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