THE Club de Golf Chapultepec is host to the first World Golf Championship of the year, the WGC-Mexico Championship.
The course is 7330 yards and a par 71 but will play about 10 per cent shorter as it is at altitude. The fairways are kikuyu grass with the greens a mix of Poa and bentgrass not unlike Riviera where Dustin Johnson won the Genesis Open a couple of weeks ago.
Long hitters could be worth following and with a birdiefest highly likely birdie or better percentage also looks like a good indicator.
Big DJ would normally be my first stop for here but at the prices being offered I’ll leave him alone. With three top-four finishes from his four outings in 2017 Justin Rose is looking good at the moment.
He was supposed to play the Honda last week after finishing T4 at the Genesis the previous week. He was nine under for the final two rounds and looked in good form. He’s hitting more than 304 yards (17th) off the tee and has a birdie or better percentage of 27.08 (5th). I really think Rose is well worth watching this week.
It was great to see Sergia Garcia top of the leaderboard at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last month. Apart from a T9 at the WGC-HSBC he hasn’t set the heather alight on Tour this season but his win in Dubai could be the spark needed by Sergio. He’s another who hits the ball more than 300 and is accurate with it. He also has a birdie or better percentage of 22.92. Just have a feeling Sergio is about to get back to his best golf.
There’s not much you can say about Hideki Matsuyama’s last outing at the Genesis Open when he hit 80 in his second round and missed the cut. So if we take that out of the equation you are left with three wins and two seconds this season on the PGA Tour, the last win being at the Phoenix Open last month.
There’s not much I can add to what I have said over the past months about the Japanese player. His birdie or better percentage is 28.85 (3rd) and he’s hitting over more than yards off the tee.