Mexico Open 2022 Rankings: Jon Ram five more join the top after rounds of 7 under 64

The 2022 Mexico Open’s best player played the round on Thursday as world number two John Ram opened with a 7-under-64 score. On the morning wave, the Spaniard had little or no wind and took full advantage.

“Yeah, really comfortable getting out of the shirt,” Ram said. “I’m not really in danger of being in a bad position, but even though it’s generous, when I shoot in the direction with the trajectory and the flight of the ball I wanted, it gives me more confidence in every other shot. He was really comfortable there, so that was reflected in the score. . »

Leading the group in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off the tee, Rahm’s improvement in the short-games division was a welcome sight. Vidanta Vallarta reached 173 in earned strokes: around the green and 132 in earned strokes: In the season, the 27-year-old was able to put these issues aside in the opening round.

Ram started with the Greenside chip in the 13th round of par, and concluded his day in equally impressive style with the Eagle-2 on 4-par-4, the 16th hole of the day. Scoring nearly 100 feet of shots on Thursday, Ram should feel comfortable not only in his game, but with his chance to lift the trophy for the first time since the US Open last summer.

Co-leaders

Ram isn’t the only player to sit at the top of the leaderboard as five other players have joined him. Brendon Todd, Tree Moulinex, Jonathan Bird, Bryson Tiger And Kurt Kitayama He was also shot in 7 under-64 rounds to join the six-time winner of the PGA Tour.

Tiger stormed into the tournament with Medals of Honor in the Open Qualifier, something Bird has become familiar with over the past two years. The five-time PGA Tour winner returned to Q-School last fall, working his way to the second stage and finals.

“If you’re playing in the ex-champion class, you can go five weeks without playing a championship, and it’s just hard to keep up the momentum,” Bird said. “I’m about to go into the next two weeks, four in a row, so I’m a little excited to go into more tournaments. I started the year thinking I could get 15, and it looks like I could turn 20. I’m happy with my starts.”

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Other suitors

T7: Aaron Wise, Aaron Ray, Sahith Thigala, Scott Brown (-6)

S11: Sebastian Munoz, Charles Howell III, CT Bann, Alex Smalley, Grayson Sage, Patrick Rodgers, Hayden Buckley, Brandon Hagee, Ryan Bloom, Andrew Novak (-5)

Everyone in the top ten is currently scheduled to start on Friday afternoon, with the exception of Brown and Kitayama. The 38-year-old has played some of the best golf of his career in the tropics and is just one stroke off the lead. Brown, the 2013 Puerto Rican Open winner, has won between the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour this season, and has done well at the Bermuda Championships, the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, and the Corales Puntacana Championships.

Not one, but two holes in one on 5 bar -3

In his first public appearance, he introduced the Greg Norman design early and often in the first round with two holes in a single hole. Outside of clubs Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Gutschewski, those in Vidanta Vallarta should stay well hydrated Thursday night.

“I mean it was a really good number, it was kind of helping the wind hit and it sounded really good in the air and I was like Wow, I hit that. It was a good idea,” Gutschewski says. “I didn’t like chopping it up or chopping it. Yes, he looked good the whole time. I was looking at it like wow, that looks really good. »

Young Ortiz leads the attack at home

Most casual golf enthusiasts may not be familiar with the Mexican Open, but it has been around since its first edition in 1944. A legendary event, it has finally made it to the stage of the PGA Tour and features 10 Mexicans on the course – the most ever at the time. for a PGA Tour event. Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t Abraham Anser or Carlos Ortiz who paved the way for the faithful in their hometown on Thursday, but defending champion Alvaro Ortiz.

Carlos’s younger brother, Alvaro, 26, arrived at Vedanta Vallarta after missing four pieces in a row on the Korn Ferry Tour. He grew up on the estate where his father was a contractor for Vidanta for 25 years. Feeling at home, Ortiz scored a 3-under 68 to lead the All-Mexican and sit tied for 34th.

“It’s been a dream come true that we’ve been able to play here since we came, man, I don’t know how long. Since I have a memory, we came here to Puerto Vallarta,” said Alvaro Ortiz.

Updated odds and options

Here’s a look at the odds after the first round, courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

  • John Ram: 7-4
  • Aaron Wise: 12-1
  • Brendon Todd: 14-1
  • Aaron Ray: 20-1
  • Kurt Kitayama: 20-1
  • Sebastian Munoz: 22-1
  • Gary Woodland: 22-1
  • True Thigala: 22-1

I’m only interested in one player from the list above, Woodland who entered the Mexican Open in great shape and did nothing else in the first round. Earning shots on the field in every meter from the tee to the green, Woodland was disappointed with the flat stick, but still managed to sign a 4-under of the 67th round in the afternoon to stay within the range leaders. Tony Finau is another player that caught my eye, but after a disappointing level 71, a 3-ball match against Abraham Anser and Kevin Na might be the right investment for Friday.

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