The first big golf tournament of 2018 is upon us with Mexico’s Club de Golf Chapultepec as the host. Expect long drives with the thin air – the course is 2,400 meters above sea level.
The course is a par 71 and 6,703 meters in length.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is back to defend his title after edging out Tommy Fleetwood by 1 stroke and by 2 strokes over Ross Fisher and Jon Rahm.
Johnson is after his third win in four years in this tournament slot. He won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2015 as well.
Looking to make history of his own is England’s Justin Rose, who finished last year red-hot and won the HSBC Championship at the end of last year. A win this weekend would let Rose join Johnson and Tiger Woods as the only men to win back-to-back WGC titles.
Woods is not in action this week for the simple fact that he’s not qualified. His 11th-place finish at last week’s Honda Classic notwithstanding, Woods is ranked outside the top 300 in the Official Golf World Rankings
There are some notable withdrawals in the field as well. Jason Day is out as his mom undergoes tests after having surgery for lung cancer. European Tour stalwarts Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson are both out by choice to prepare for Valspar. Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka are both nursing injuries carefully with the Masters about a month away.