WGC Mexico Championship preview: World's top-4 players to compete in Mexico City

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Dustin Johnson (Getty Pictures)

The PGA Tour moved from its West Coast swing final week to the east with The Honda Basic in Florida, the place Justin Thomas earned his eighth PGA Tour victory, defeating Luke Record in a playoff.

This week, the Tour is heading overseas all collectively. The WGC Mexico Championship returns to Mexico City after ending its relationship with Trump Nationwide at Doral.

With The Masters on everybody’s thoughts, this week’s occasion might appear to be a serious-championship warmup with so many prime-ranked players in the sector. The world’s top-4 ranked players are teeing up this week, making this an intriguing late-winter occasion.

The Course

The Membership de Golf Chapultepec, a 7,330-yard par seventy one, joined the World Golf Championship ranks final yr. Redesigned in 1972, the course underwent vital modifications, and extra upgrades have been made forward of its WGC introduction. Lovely, tree-lined and troublesome, the course gives players choices whereas nonetheless difficult them tee-to-inexperienced.

Defending Champion

Dustin Johnson edged Englishman Tommy Fleetwood by one shot, and Riss Fisher and Jon Rahm by two photographs in a decent battle final yr. Johnson used his energy and accuracy to benefit from the longer holes, which allowed him to hold on Sunday regardless of Fleetwood and Fisher surging.

Johnson, already with a win in 2018, shall be among the many favorites once more this yr. Nonetheless ranked No. 1 in the world, Johnson looks like one thing of a forgotten man with Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas taking over a lot of the highlight.

Favorites

Each Johnson and Fleetwood have been enjoying distinctive golf these days, and ought to be among the many leaders over the weekend. Fleetwood, ranked eleventh in the world, has a win and a fourth-place end already this yr.

Thomas, Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are all in the sector this week. The quartet of younger stars draw giant crowds and often depart followers with a lot to cheer about. Thomas has gained seven of his final 31 begins, whereas Rahm has climbed to No. 2 in the world. Spieth and Fowler have been quiet lately, however each might breakout and win this week.

Additionally, be careful for Alex Noren. The Swedish star, ranked 14th in the world, misplaced in a playoff at Torrey Pines, and he completed third final week. He hasn’t completed outdoors the highest 21 in 4 PGA Tour begins this yr, and could also be prepared to gather one other win.

Sleepers

A trio of Englishmen: Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Fisher are all harmful players who’ve been enjoying nicely on the European Tour since final fall. Fitzpatrick, ranked thirtieth in the world, has racked up 10 prime-20 finishes in his final eleven begins, whereas Hatton gained twice in a row final fall in Europe and in addition has 10 prime 20s in his final eleven begins.

Tony Finau and South African Dylan Frittelli are additionally in nice type. Frittelli completed eleventh final week and has six straight prime-20 finishes.