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2024 Mexico Open at Vidanta Recap

Jake Knapp Wins First Career PGA Tour Event

Vallarta, MX – Jake Knapp (-19) is the champion of the 2024 Mexico Open at Vidanta.  After entering the final round with a four stroke lead, Knapp struggled to a round of even par.  But it was enough to hold off 25-year-old Fin Sami Valimaki by two strokes.

Jake Knapp is a rookie on the PGA Tour and while he may not be a household name for most golf fans, he has played like a star in his last few outings.  Knapp has consistently gained strokes to the field in all four major statistical categories, an anomaly for all but the most elite players in the world.  The 29-year-old California native is undoubtedly a late bloomer but he’ll now have plenty of opportunities to show the golf world what he is capable of.

Valimaki, also a rookie, has won two times on the DP World Tour.  He finished in second alone.  After tying Knapp for the lead at two different points in the final round, he wasn’t able to keep pace.  Stephan Jaeger, CT Pan, and Justin Lower finished T3 three strokes behind Valimaki at -14.  Patrick Rodgers and Robert Macintyre finished T6 at -13.

The field was largely bereft of stars, with former winner Tony Finau being the highest ranked player in the field by some margin.  Finau finished T13 at -11.  Other players who had notable weeks included former champion Erik Van Rooyen (T8, -12); Maverick McNealy (T13, -11); and Keith Mitchell (T19, -10).

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Florida for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches (formerly known as the Honda Classic).  Chris Kirk won last year’s edition and will defend his title against a field that includes Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tom Kim, Min Woo Lee, and Cameron Young.

Jake Knapp What’s In The Bag

PGA TOUR rookie Jake Knapp won his first title on TOUR at the Mexico Open at Vidanta with a final-round, even-par 71. Check out the clubs he used at Vidanta Vallarta below.

Irons: Srixon ZU85 2 iron, PXG 0311 ST 4-P

Wedges: PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II 52°, Titleist Vokey Design SM9 56°-10S, WedgeWorks 60°-T

Dylan Thaemert
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