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The 2018 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

By GolfGuru - 6 years ago in PGA News

The 2018 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

This week will find 65 of the best golfers in the world take their skills to Mexico City for the 2018 World Golf Championship-Mexico. It will be just the second time the event will be held at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico. The WGC had previously held an event at this time of the year on the Blue Monster Course of the Trump National Doral.

Dustin Johnson won the first edition of the tournament in Mexico last year and would love to become its first back-to-back champion. But there will be a talented field of players that will have something to say about that.

But first…

How about a little information about the course and weather?

The tournament is held at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico, which is actually just west of Mexico City and at an elevation of 7,870 feet above sea level. It’s a par 71 course that is 7,330 yards long.

As for the weather, there is a slight chance of rain on each day of the tournament (between 10 and 20 percent). But otherwise, it looks like it is going to be four near perfect days for golf. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s. Everyday but Friday is supposed to have clear skies, and Friday is just partly cloudy. Winds will be between five and eight miles per hour.

Not bad, right? But who’s going to win? Who should you start on your daily fantasy team?

The Players

Playing in the tournament will be the top players from the official World Golf Rankings along with the money lists/Order of Merit from the six main professional golf tours. So, there will likely be a few names that the casual fan will not recognize. But there will certainly be a talented field of players to choose from.

It would be foolish not to give last year’s winner, Dustin Johnson, a good look.

How can you not like the No. 1 golfer in the world, right? Easy—because even the best have off days. He certainly did on the first (74) and last days (73) of the Genesis Open last week. But he placed second the week before at Pebble Beach and won the last time he played prior to that at the Tournament of Champions in early January.

He’s been the No. 1 golfer in the world for just over a year for a reason. While he is imperfect, more often than not, he is going to play well.

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Other golfers of interest include:

· Justin Thomas: The No. 3 golfer in the world (No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings) is coming off a nice win at the Honda Classic last week. Last year he tied for fifth at Chapultepec. Oddsmakers are giving him the second-best odds (8-1) next to Dustin Johnson (6-1).

· Jon Rahm: A case could be made for including Rahm on your roster since he tied for third here last year with three of four rounds coming in under 70. Overall, you could say he’s been playing well lately since he won the CareerBuilder Challenge and placed second at the Tournament of Champions. But his last three outings were not stellar. He tied for 29th at the Farmers Insurance Open, for 11th in Phoenix, and for 26th at Pebble Beach.

To be fair, he shot under 70 for seven of the 12 rounds in those tournaments. But he also had three rounds of 75+. Go for him if he’s cheap, but he probably will not be cheap.

· Tommy Fleetwood: He could be the definition of riding a hot hand this week. At the Genesis Open he didn’t have his ‘A’ game scoring over 70+ on the first three days. He finally scored below 70 on the final day (69) to finish tied for 37th. But he did much better at the Honda Classic last week (70-68-67-69) and finished fourth.

He placed second in the tournament last year. it wouldn’t be shocking if he ended up being the one who keeps Dustin Johnson from winning it again this year.

· Paul Casey: This will be your value pick; your boom-or-bust option. While he did not bring his best game at the Genesis Open last week (tied for 49th; 1-over), he has played well this season. he doesn’t always play great, but he typically plays consistent. At Pebble Beach, he tied for 8th after shooting a 67 on Day One and following that up with three 70’s. So he may not win the day for you, but he may not lose it either.

But he showed he is capable of stringing some great rounds together at the CIMB Classic last October. After starting the tournament with a 77, he followed it up with a 63, 69, and 65.

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