Club de Golf Chapultepec is the site of the biggest tournament of the PGA Tour season thus far, as most of the world’s best golfers will gather just west of Mexico City for the WGC-Mexico Championship. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the reigning champion and tournament favorite, but with 45 of the top 50 ranked players in the field (Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson are the only ones sitting out), a repeat will be no easy task.
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With the calendar year’s first WGC event making its Club de Golf Chapultepec debut last year, a red-hot Johnson defeated Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke for what was his second of three straight wins. The high altitude seemed to somewhat level the playing field off the tees–Johnson was abnormally just 17th during the week in driving distance and 27th in strokes gained off the tee–but he made up for it by leading the field in strokes gained approaching the green, strokes gained tee to green, proximity to the hole and Par-5 scoring.
Johnson’s mid-range game has been a bit shaky to start the season (he ranks 63rd on Tour in strokes gained approaching the green and 163rd in proximity), so it’ll be interesting to see if he can take a similar route to success in Mexico this year. But at the same time, the mid-range struggles haven’t really matter, as he has finished second, first, second and 16th in his four official tournaments this season. He’s the favorite (+600) for a reason.
Up next on the odds list is Justin Thomas (+800). Fresh off his second win of the season at the Honda Classic and up to No. 3 in the world, the reigning Fed-Ex Cup champion will look to erase the memory of last year’s tournament, when he carried the solo lead into Sunday but shot a 72 to finish in a tie for fifth.
Sandwiching Thomas in the world rankings, No. 2 Jon Rahm and No. 4 Jordan Spieth also figure to be right in the mix of contention. Rahm has followed up his CareerBuilder Challenge win with three finishes outside the Top 10 thanks to some shaky play on the weekends, but he finished third here last year. And while Spieth has had some shaky moments this year, such as his missed cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he’s coming off a T9 at Riviera in what was his best putting performance of the season.
Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of contenders. Tommy Fleetwood, who finished second here last year, has gone win and three Top-10’s in his last four starts. Phil Mickelson has fired three consecutive Top-10’s. Justin Rose has played just two official tournaments this year, but those have resulted in a win (WGC-HSBC Champions) and a T8 (Farmers Insurance Open). Rickie Fowler has been a fascinating case of boom (three Top-11’s) or bust (two missed cuts) in his five tournaments so far this season. And Alex Noren is red-hot with five consecutive Top-21 finishes, including a solo third at PGA National last week.
In other words, the star power will be prevalent this week, setting the scene for what should be a highly entertaining tournament.
Source: Heavy Sports