What Is the Lowest Score Ever Shot at the Mexico Open?
While the official lineage of the Mexico Open dates all the way back to 1944, it only became a PGA Tour event in 2022.
Originally known as Abierto Mexican de Golf, the tourney was initially called Abierto Mexicano de Golf, which translates to Mexican Open, and was viewed as the country’s national championship, much like the U.S. Open is viewed in the United States.
Originally more of an independent-style event, the tourney has been associated with several tours in recent years and has been contested on several courses throughout Mexico. From 2003 to 2006, it was sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas. For the final three years of that stretch, it was co-sanctioned by the European Tour’s developmental organization, the Challenge Tour.
From 2008 to 2012, the Mexico Open was an event on what’s currently known as the Korn Ferry Tour. And from 2013 to 2021, it was part of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica schedule.
Now, given this tournament’s history, we obviously don’t have much data to pull from as it pertains to the lowest rounds and 72-hole scores as it pertains to the PGA Tour — you know, because it’s only been on the schedule for a year. But as we do this for every other tournament, we can’t really leave this one out, can we?
What is the lowest single round at the Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta?
For this portion of the piece, we will be sticking to just the editions of the Mexico Open at Vidanta Villarta, as there are far too many courses in this tournament’s history to pull the lowest single round from each.
With that being said, the lowest single round on the par-71 layout at Vidanta Vallarta during the Mexico Open is an 8-under 63, a mark currently shared by Tony Finau and Brandon Wu.
What is the lowest 72-hole score at the Mexico Open?
As for the lowest 72-hole score in Mexico Open history, we wanted to bring the full lineage into play here.
Prior to the tournament becoming a PGA Tour event, the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par was 23-under, a record shared by Justin Hueber (2015), who shot the number on the par-72 layout at Club Campestre de Aguascalientes, and Alvaro Ortiz (2021), who matched it on the par-72 layout at Estrella del Mar.
The lowest aggregate score belongs to Austin Smotherman, who needed just 262 strokes over 72 holes on the par-70 layout at Tijuana Country Club to take the 2018 title.
As for the lowest 72-hole score at the PGA Tour’s version of the Mexico Open, that record belongs to Jon Rahm, who shot 17-under at Vidanta Villarta in 2022.