JT held off List and crew to take down another victory. He is climbing to the top as he is now the Fedex leader early on. That was an interesting tournament as we saw numerous golfers eject from the course on Thursday and Friday. The bear trap definitely ruined players chances of even making the cut posting many double bogeys or worse. It was very impressive seeing some of the golfers shoot in the mid 60’s when the course was playing 3 strokes over par. Enough of last week, onto Mexico. In a no cut event, it is very important that you target the birdie makers and avoid anybody contracting stomach viruses in Mexico.
Tournament Preview – WGC Mexico at Club de Golf Chapultepec
Tour Junkies interviewed a player on the Latin America tour that played here in 2015 and mentioned the elevation is noticeable (adding almost 15% length to irons and woods) and the greens have incredible slope to them. The trees lining the fairway will put driving accuracy as one of statistics we will be weighting more heavily. Now with driving accuracy, this only includes drivers and woods off the tee. Irons are not measured in this statistic, so if players are going to club down to irons they will be more accurate off tee.
Strokes gained approach is another key statistic we are targeting. Since many of the approach shots will be under 125 yards. An interesting tidbit from last year is that 6 of the top 10 players ranked top 10 in SG: Around the Green. This means that we also need those scramblers to save par.
Our third and final key statistic is birdie or better %. This is important with a no cut event and DraftKings rewarding birdies and eagles. You will want to take guys that take some risk and have chances at birdies rather than a guy who is a great cut maker but doesn’t light up the scoreboard. This is the type of guy you want this week who will not hurt you getting a few bogeys or even worse since he can make it up with his birdies.
- 2017 – Dustin Johnson (-14)
- No other events played here previously
Club de Golf Chapultepec – 7,382 yards / Par 71
Club de Golf Chapultepec is a Par 71 and 7,382 yards that is played at almost 8,000 feet elevation. The elevation will have an impact on the players. Rory noted last year he could hit his 8 iron 210 yards, and DJ joked about leaving the driver out of his bag. This course will not play at 7,382 yards but closer to 6,600 which puts a lot of Par 4’s in play off the tee. Trees line almost every hole on both sides of the fairway so keeping the ball on the fairway will be vital this week. Talk to Phil about this as he had a couple free drops in the tree line due to sprinkler heads in the forest.
The greens are Poa Annua and fairways are Kikuyu. This is a mix of grass that resembles the Poa Annua greens from the courses just played in California while the Kikuyu is often found in South African courses. Since there is a mixture there isn’t a strong enough correlation to favor Poa Annua putters.
Key Stats Ranked
- SG: T2G
- SG: Approach
- Birdie or better %
The forecast looks almost perfect for Mexico City this week. Temps will be in the 70’s and winds are going to be light. Look for wind to be a non impact with these tree lined fairways and greens. I will post any updates to the weather if it changes prior to Thursday.