2022 Mexico Open Leaderboard, Scores: Jon Ram battles for much-needed win at Vedanta

After 315 days, Jon Ram is officially back on the winner’s circuit. Held without a title since the US Open in Tory Pines last June, the former world number one will look to his Mexico Open victory as a possible springboard to next summer’s packed Grand Slam.

It wasn’t pretty at times as Ram left many chances aside, but the victory nonetheless is encouraging. The Spaniard understands the importance of a win, and despite coming this week as the favorite, the fact that he was able to live up to those expectations speaks volumes.

Winning on the PGA Tour is tough – just ask Cameron Triangle – but winning when everyone in the golf world expects you is almost impossible. Tiger Woods was the absolute best, and while I certainly don’t compare the two, driving wire to wire without his best makes Ram’s seventh PGA Tour title even more impressive.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still flaws in the current state of the game Ram. His short game can pull him off, his nerves can be hot, and for that reason, the 27-year-old wasn’t able to separate himself off the field when the opportunity arose on Sunday. Let me remind you: This is Kurt Kitayama and Brandon Wu we’re talking about – not Scotty Scheffler, not Colin Morikawa, not Patrick Cantlie.

While such a performance wouldn’t translate into lifting the Wanamaker’s Cup in two weeks’ time at the PGA Championship, it’s a step in the right direction. The main season is all about peaking – you hear players talk about it out of nausea – and most of the time we assume they mean physically, honing in on different aspects of their games or rehearsing for certain shots required to test a major tournament.

Ram still has a lot to do in terms of sharpness with his short game, but between the ears, he may be closer than it looks. The past 11 months have been incredibly frustrating for the Ram, and over time, we’ve seen it erode on him.

From his comments on The American Express to his responses to questions about his situation problems, a weight has now been lifted from his shoulders. Fully synchronized RAM has always been a dangerous prospect for competition, but we’ve rarely seen it at ease. And if he really dumped his baggage last year, he’d be even more lethal heading into the PGA Tour schedule. Grade: A-

Here are the rest of our scores for the 2022 Mexico Open.

T2. Tony Vino: It was a tale of two halves for Finau, as he couldn’t find a comfort level on the Greens during the first two rounds. Bleeding more than five strokes to the field with the putter through the first 36 holes, it was heartening to see the two-time winner keep his chin and steady the ship with the putter over the weekend. He drove field hits from the tee to the green, and gave Ram something to think about on Sunday’s late charge before ending up in a tie for second. The final round of 8-under 63 in Finau gave him his first top-10 finish since his Liberty National win as he struggled hard in 2022. Set to play next week in our nation’s capital, TPC Potomac may not be suitable for the Finau match, but He made an intriguing choice at 35-1 for the PGA Championship. Grade: A-

T42. Patrick Reed: The former Masters champion now took hits from a tee in a consecutive start for the first time since last summer. Red fans should be cautiously optimistic, as his fascination around green can still drive him into discord. That’s what we saw in his first two days in Mexico, and although he played the last 36 holes on 3 points and fell off the final sprint, his name was on the leaderboard over the weekend. That wasn’t the case for the nine-time winner of the PGA Tour in 2022, and it could signal a slow but steady return to prominence. B-grade

T42. Abraham Anser: He said it was “100 percent” earlier in the week, but admittedly I was skeptical. The world number 20 has seemed sluggish at times around Vedanta, but the sheer length of the golf course has always posed problems for a player like Unser. Upon a downgrade, he was unable to muster any momentum and eventually ended up in a tie with 42nd, sharing the Mexican lows titles with Alvaro Ortiz. It was a fairly ordinary result, but Ansser’s ears should have been excited for Wells Fargo at TPC Potomac. A place where accuracy is rewarded, the 31-year-old finished in a tie for fourth at the 2018 Quicken Loans National and should have a realistic chance of claiming his second PGA Tour win. Grade: C +