The WGC-Mexico Championship returns to Club de Golf Chapultepec for the fourth consecutive year this week. Can Dustin Johnson successfully defend the Gene Sarazen Cup?
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Former World No.1 Dustin Johnson defeated Rory McIlroy by five shots here last year, reaching 21-under-par, 263.
COURSE: Club de Golf Chapultepec, just outside Mexico City, opened in 1921 and was designed by two-time US Open champion Willie Smith and his brother Alex. Percy Clifford then renovated the layout in 1972. It sits nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, meaning the ball generally flies about 15 percent further.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Defending champion Dustin Johnson won this event for the third time last year (2015, 2017 & 2019) and was the inaugural winner at Club de Golf Chapultepec in 2017. The American’s only other appearance here – in 2018 – saw him share seventh place. In fact, from his 12 competitive rounds on this layout, Johnson has broken 70 on 11 occasions.
RIGHT: Dustin Johnson is the defending champion in Mexico this week. PHOTO: Hector Vivas/Getty Images.
Young Australian Zach Murray will make his first WGC appearance this week, having earnt his place in the field via his position on last year’s PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit. The 22-year-old is currently ranked 430th in the Official World Golf Rankings and is only ahead of one player in the field, Korea’s Tae Hee Lee. Murray has finished T21 (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship) and T15 (Vic Open) from his two starts this year.
72-HOLE RECORD: Seven-time champion of the WGC-Cadillac Championship that proceeded the Mexico event Tiger Woods shot 23-under-par, 261 to defeat Adam Scott and local favourite Ian Poulter by eight shots at The Grove in 2006.
PAST AUSSIE WINNERS: Adam Scott (2016) and Geoff Ogilvy (2008).
AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Scott Hend, Lucas Herbert, Marc Leishman, Zach Murray, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith.
HOW TO WATCH: Live streaming will be available via GOLFTV.