The biggest and best field of the golfing season so far this year is lining up in Mexico for the World Golf Championship.
The WGC – Mexico Championship is the former Cadillac Championship which had been held at Trump National Doral since 2007.
Throughout its history from 1999 the tournament has been was held across the world in countries such as Spain, Ireland, England and the United States – but now it is due to be held in Mexico until 2023 at least.
The course being used is Club de Golf Chapultepec and will feature elevations never experienced before as it his will be the highest course above sea level ever played on the PGA TOUR
World No. 1 is in the house 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/Kb7oYO4PUN
— Mexico Championship (@WGCMexico) February 28, 2017
The 77-man field features 49 of the world’s current top-50 with only Jason Day missing out. Dustin Johnson is the new number one, but a host of players – including the returning Rory McIlroy, could take over him with victory – but the American is favourite to take the honours.
Due to the altitude we can easily be expecting to see some drives in excess of 400 yards, with both Johnson and McIlroy possibly exposing the cause to some monster drives, despite his recent injuries.
Speaking of his rib injury he said: “I am still strapping it up and taking care, but I am probably swinging it more and better than I was last November or December.”
During practice Justin Thomas was recording some huge hits on the course.
Adam Scott is the defending champion for the event and he has been well in contention during his opening tournaments of the season but he admits he need to improve a few things, as he has been letting a few scores get away from him.
“My short game has been getting a workout,” he admitted after last week’s Honda Classic. The winner in Florida was Rickie Fowler and he is also one of the favoured players for the title in North America this week.
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
It is easy to plump for DJ and Rickie Fowler – but they are playing really well, some great play – so you know they are set to be in the mix.
I think we will see some Europeans in the mix and I believe Rory McIlroy will have a big week, he has been under the radar due to his recent injury but I think he could really be in the mix from the off.
The Bookie says…
We caught up with Ladbrokes’ senior golf trader Peter D’Arcy ahead of the weekend’s action to gauge the markets and ask him about our fancies.
This is definitely the biggest betting week of the year so far as there is far more interest due to the quality of the field, but also there is value around thanks to inflated prices of the outsiders due to all the big names playing.
We’ve seen a lot of money on Dustin Johnson rather than say Jordan Spieth. However it’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Champion Tommy Fleetwood who is our biggest loser, with punters seeing his form at Crans-Sur-Sierre as a sign that he plays well at altitude.
For me I fancy Bill Haas on this tree lined course, which will actually play quite short due to the altitude.
We picked out Fowler last week, and we think you are going to see some more American success. Gary Woodland and Bubba Watson are two we think could go well, but the Spaniards also have us excited with Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm seeing plenty of our money.