This week the world’s top golfers descend upon Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico for the inaugural edition of the WGC – Mexico Championship. 49 of the top 50 golfers in the world will be competing for their share of the monstrous $9,750,000 purse; Jason Day is the odd-man out after withdrawing due to a double ear infection. There is no cut this week, meaning the field of 77 golfers will rack up points all four rounds.
Most recently known as the Cadillac Championship, the first WGC of the year moves away from Trump National Doral to Club de Golf Chapultepec. Chapultepec is a 7,330 yard par-71 that sits a staggering 7,382 feet above sea level. According to Josh Culp at futureoffantasy.com, the 7,330 yards translates to approximately 6,500 in “adjusted yardage” due to the high altitude.
The narrow, tree-lined fairways and rough of Chapultepec are made up of the same Kikuyu grass that challenged golfers at the Genesis Open. Upon reaching the green golfers will be faced with the familiar, bumpy Poa Annua/Bentgrass combination. All 18 putting surfaces around Chapultepec are guarded by at least two greenside bunkers.
Of the 11 par-4s on the course, six of them measure at under 410 yards, creating many scoring opportunities. The three par-5s around Chapultepec are all prodigious in length, the shortest is a mere 575 yards. Due to the nature of the holes, players who are proficient with a wedge in their hands are the ones who appear to have an advantage this week.
- Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
- Par 4 Scoring Average
- Birdie or Better %
- Good Drive %
- Proximity 50-125 Yards
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
With zero course history to break down, SG:T2G provides a look at golfers who have performed well in every facet of their game, with the exception of putting. With narrow fairways and protected greens, shot-making will be pivotal for success.
Par 4 Scoring Average
This week’s par-71 layout points to most of the scoring being done on the 11 par-4s. Golfers will need to take advantage of the short par-4s to maintain pace with the field.
Birdie or Better %
The idea here is to find golfers who can go low and hope they avoid giving strokes back. Due to the overall makeup of this course it is to be expected that there will be many scoring opportunities; short approaches into nearly all of the greens will provide birdie chances by the bunches.
Good Drive %
Good drive percentage is calculated by taking the number of fairways hit, plus the number of greens or fringe in regulation when the drive was not in the fairway on the tee shot, divided by the number of par 4 and par 5s played. This translates as good ball position off the tee, allowing clean looks to the green on approach shots. Many of the holes around Chapultepec have one distinct obstacle that require you to be on the correct side of the fairway in order to reach the green cleanly.
Proximity (50-125 Yards)
Short par-4’s and long par-5’s suggests that this may become somewhat of a wedge fest. Looking at golfers who can knock it close from this range will show those who excel with a wedge in their hands. Finding the correct tier on these undulated greens will provide better scoring opportunities.