When: March 1-4, 2018
Where: Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel and NBC
The first World Golf Championship of the year gets underway March 1-4, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. The tournament started in 1999 as the WGC - American Express which served as sponsor until 2006 before Cadilac took over for the next decade. Amid controversy from President Trump, the pGA Tour moved it to Mexico which is now known as the WGC - Mexico Championship.
Club de Golf Chapultepec is hosting the event for the second consecutive year and last year was a huge success as all the players liked it. It’s not a long course but has a variety of short holes mixed in with long ones to make it a very demanding test.
Last year, World No. 1 Dustin Johnson posted 14-under par to edge out Englishman Tommy Fleetwood by a single shot. It was Johnson’s fifth WGC title of his career and first one in Mexico.
Tiger Woods has won this event a record seven times. Other past champions include Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed.
Preview: The first World Golf Championship of 2018 is this week in Mexico City at the WGC - Mexico Championship. This is the second year in Mexico after years of playing in Miami, Florida at Trump Doral.
The betting field is strong led by defending champion and World No. 1, Dustin Johnson. He will be challenged by last week’s winner Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and fan favorite Phil Mickelson. Continue...
The WGC - Mexico is part of a series of 4 World Golf Championship tournaments, with international fields, in varied formats (match play, stroke and team).
The series of tournaments are considered the most important tournaments outside of the four majors and the Players Championship.
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Dustin Johnson moved from world No 1 to undisputed world No 1 at the WGC Mexico Championship. It was the first tournament the America had played on top of the rankings and one which confirmed he is fully deserving of the moniker.
His final-round 68 for a 14-under total was good enough to beat England's Tommy Fleetwood, but only after a couple of scares on the concluding holes.
Johnson looked to have repelled all the challengers when pulling two clear of Fleetwood and the brilliant young Spaniard John Rahm, who had been tied for the lead with three remaining. But Fleetwood holed a 40-footer on the 18th for a 66 and a 13-under total, leaving Johnson needing two pars.
Johnson made a fine up-and-down to save par on the 17th, but then left himself more work to do when driving into the bunker on the 18th. However, from 122 yards he nervelessly, and clinically, conjured to 20 feet. In that moment, Fleetwood’s fairytale ended.
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