WGC MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
The very best golfers on the planet will head to Mexico to contest the third staging of this tournament since it changed from the WGC Cadillac Championship. Last year Phil Mickelson was victorious after defeating Justin Thomas in a playoff. This year both players are in supreme form, so they will be hoping that they continue this and be contenders this week.
The field this week is made up of 72 players (46 of the OWGR 50), some from the PGA Tour, European Tour and some have qualified through winning tournaments throughout the world. It is once again being held at Club de Golf Chapultepec, playing roughly 7,500 yards long, but as it is at high altitude the golf ball travels ridiculous distances. This makes the course play significantly shorter than the yardage. Players will have to do some maths this week to work out adjusted yardages, factoring in the altitude and heat to work out how far they hit each club. Slow play has been a hot topic of conversation throughout the world of golf in the last week, expect this to continue with players and caddies having to ensure they hit the right club.
Another hot topic of conversation this week is the revamped rule allowing players to now wear shorts on the golf course for practice rounds and Pro-Ams. It is refreshing to see that golf is at least making small steps to change the image of golf. At TRENDYGOLF we wouldn’t be surprised that over the next five years we see a complete overhaul of the clothes that are deemed appropriate for golf and we see players in shorts, hoodies and the like, for the whole tournament.
TIPS FOR THE WEEK
Rory McIlroy: He is coasting at the moment, top-five finishes in his last three starts on the PGA, he is primed to launch his season.
Justin Thomas: He fell away on Sunday the Genesis Open, but ever the competitor he will be looking to bounce back this week at the WGC.
Tiger Woods: He will probably be helped by the altitude and the ball travelling a lot further than normal, so he can play to his strengths and hit more irons and fairway woods off the tee.
Paul Casey: Incredible ball striker, he has shown over the last couple of seasons that he his getting back to his best post some serious injuries. It is only a matter of time until he wins a big tournament again.