Tournament: World Golf Championship -Mexico Championship, March 1-4, 2018
Course: Club de Golf Chapultepec, 7,330 yards, par 71
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson. With a steady diet of power and a few really well-played fairway bunker shots, DJ captured the title and cemented his place at #1 in the world last year. He was seriously peaking in this lead up to the Masters (which didn’t turn out well).
Fun Fact: The unoffical word is that last year many players fell ill during the course of the week. While staying in Mexico. Insert your own joke here. Oh yeah, and this tournament was held at Trump Doral, owned by a certain celebrity figure until he ran for office and the PGA Tour moved it to the most logical place they could in the current environment - Mexico.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, noon-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, noon-2 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).
Former 'Dawgs in the Field (Four): Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Russell Henley, Bubba Watson.
So just as we get away from quirky pro-ams and celebrities from the early season tournaments, a wrench is thrown in the shape of the WGC. That stands for World Golf Championship - a series of tournaments sprinked across the golf calendar and limited to top golfers worldwide. With a hefty prize purse, it attracts the best of the best golfers and brings international players and the PGA Tour elite together in competition - usually the best fields outside of a major.
This WGC Mexico Championship is one of the smaller fields and will be about 70 players. I believe it is the top 50 in world rankings, plus some recent winners and those who are in the top 10 of the FedEx Cup points list if not otherwise qualified. And more so than in years past, 4 of those will be Georgia Bulldog alumni.
Bubba has been a mainstay in these events since 2011-12, and has a WGC title to his name. Russell Henley has played in a couple, and the Kiz has qualified for most over the past couple of seasons. But I believe this will be Brian Harman’s 1st (or 2nd) foray - he is in the top 30 in the world thanks to a win last summer and consistent high finishes over the last 4 months.
Now that South Korea can clean up the Olympics mess left behind and once again look nervously over their shoulder to the north, and March hasn’t delved into Madness quite yet, head on over to the Golf Channel and NBC for some Montezuma’s Revenge.
And as always….