WGC-Mexico Championship Preview
February 19, 2020
The world’s best head to Mexico City for the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec. We have a stacked field with 7 of the top 10 golfers in the world competing. World number 1, Rory McIlroy, will look to extend his world ranking lead and hold off a charging Jon Rahm. Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz will be representing the host country as they look to win their first WGC event. We preview the year’s first WGC event while the PGA tour heads to the Puerto Rico Open.
We could have multiple paragraphs about how stacked this field is, but we will try to keep it short. We have multiple winners on tour this year competing including last week’s winner Adam Scott. Webb Simpson returns to action follow his victory at the Waste Management. What makes the WGCs so great is that we get to see players that primarily play on the tours overseas. This week there will be 19 countries represented with U.S. leading the way with 23 players in the field. Dustin Johnson will look to continue his dominance at Chapultepec where he has won 2 of the 3 events hosted here.
On paper this 7,345 yard par 71 looks like it is long, but with elevation it actually plays around 6,500 yards. The course’s main defense is thick trees, which gives pros the chance to display their crazy recovery skills, and small, sloping greens that allow players to take circuitous routes on their short-game shots. We have witnessed plenty of great shots including tiger’s approach last year and JT’s hole out on the 72nd hole to force a playoff in 2018. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more impressive shots.
Players to Watch
We would normally start with the world number one golfer, but since Dustin Johnson has owned this course the last three years we start there. It’s been an interesting start to the year for the 20 time winner but he looks to continue his streak of victories in every season on tour. He is coming off a T-10 finish at the Genesis Invitational and currently owns the best scoring average, 67.1, at Chapultepec.
Rory McIlroy is looking to win back-to-back WGC events after holding off Xander Schauffele in a playoff at the HSBC Champions. Rory was in the final group last week before falling down the leaderboard after his triple-bogey on the fifth hole. Rory keeps finding ways to put himself in position to win and I would be shocked if he wasn’t high on the leaderboard on Sunday.
Speaking of Xander, seems like he loves small field events. 3 of his 4 victories have come from small field events with his most recent victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in 2019. Xander has 6 top 25 finishes already in the 2019-20 season with 2 inside the top 2.
With Chapultepec hosting for only the fourth time, their isn’t too much data to look at in terms of scoring. The weather looks to be a bit breezy the first two rounds but I wouldn’t expect it to affect these players too much. I am expecting scores to be low but not crazy low. Look for the winner to finish at 18-under for the week.
Draft Kings Lineup
These small field events always scare me as their are so many good players to pick from. I am still going to play in the $125K Birdie contest since you can’t win by sitting out. So without further ado, here are my picks this week:
- Xander Schauffele- $9,400
- Tommy Fleetwood- $9,200
- Bryson DeChambeau- $9,000
- Gary Woodland- $8,300
- Scottie Scheffler- $7,100
- Lanto Griffin- $6,700
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