WGC Mexico Championship Preview 2017

WGC Mexico Championship Preview
WGC Mexico Championship Preview

WGC Mexico Championship Preview 2017

2017 World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship – Tournament Notes
Dates: February 27 – March 5, 2017
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
Course: Club de Golf Chapultepec
Par/Yards: 71/7,330
Field: 77 professionals
2016 champion: Adam Scott
Purse: $9,750,000 ($1,660,000/winner)
FedExCup: 550 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play competition with no cut.
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History of World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

  • The former Cadillac Championship had been held at Trump National Doral since 2007, with Cadillac serving as the title sponsor since 2011.
  • From 1999 through 2006, the tournament was held in Spain, Ireland, England and the United States.
  • The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, announced on June 1, 2016 that the World Golf Championships tournament held in Miami since 2007 would relocate to Mexico City and be renamed the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, beginning in 2017.
  • The move is the result of a seven-year agreement through 2023 with Grupo Salinas, a collection of companies based in Mexico City primarily involved in retail, television, telecommunications and other businesses.
  • Grupo Salinas is overseen by founder and chairman Ricardo Salinas and his son, Benjamin.

WGC-Mexico Championship Attracts Top Players

  • Before Sunday’s withdrawal of world No. 2 Jason Day due to a double ear infection and the flu, the 2017 WorldGolf Championships-Mexico Championship would have included all of the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • It would have been the fifth time since the start of the 2014-2015 season that a tournament has hosted all of the top 50 players in the world. Tournaments with all of the top 50;
    • 2016 PGA Championship
    • 2016 U.S. Open
    • 2015 U.S. Open
    • 2015 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship
  • The largest field size for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship was 80 players in 2009. This year the field size is 77 players.

Club de Golf Chapultepec

  • Located less than 10 miles from downtown Mexico City, Club de Golf Chapultepec is one of the country’s most popular courses.
  • U.S. Open winner Willie Smith started work on the design during the Mexican Revolution and the course was completed in 1921.
  • Since the inception of the Mexican Open in 1944, the golf course was the host venue 14 times prior to 1972 when Percy Clifford, the designer of dozens of Mexican golf courses, completely renovated the course.
  • The course today bears little resemblance to the original layout, and instead provides a more challenging, playable, and modern design.
  • After the renovation, the course hosted the Mexican Open an additional four times.
  • Featuring a 7,330-yard, par-71 course, Club de Golf Chapultepec last held the Mexican Open in 2014, which is now part of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
  • Over the course of 18 past editions played there, the club members witnessed Mexican Open wins by stars such as Al Espinoza (1944, 1945, 1946 and 1947), Roberto De Vicenzo (1951, 1953 and 1955), Ben Crenshaw (1981) and Jay Haas (1991).
  • Elevation will be a factor at Club de Golf Chapultepec. According to Shotlink mapping data, the lowest part of the course is 7,603 feet above sea level and the highest part of the course is 7,835 feet above sea level.
  • As comparison, Montreux G&CC, venue for the PGA TOUR’s Barracuda Championship in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, is in the range of 5,476 – 5,952 above sea level.

Golf in Mexico

  • Mexico has a strong history with professional golf that includes the PGA TOUR’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last November.
  • In addition, the LPGA’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City, the Web.com Tour’s El Bosque Mexico Championship in Guanajuato, and three PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events — the Abierto Mexicano de Golf, the Mazatlan Open, and the San Luis Potosí Open — are currently held in Mexico.
  • Since 1994, the country has hosted more than 70 tournaments on professional golf tours, including the 2002 World Cup of Golf in Puerto Vallarta after it became a World Golf Championships event.
  • Japan’s team of Toshi Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama claimed that title by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and David Toms of the U.S.
  • It was the fourth World Cup held in Mexico (1958 and 1967 in Mexico City and 1982 in Acapulco).
  • Mexico also has more than 20 professionals currently competing full-time on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the LPGA.
  • This list includes Roberto Diaz, Sebastián Vázquez, Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Rodolfo Cazaubon, and LPGA members Gaby Lopez and Alejandra Llaneza.

How the Mexico Championship was won in 2016

  • Adam Scott headed into last year’s tournament coming off a victory at The Honda Classic the previous week.
  • After nine holes of the final round, Bubba Watson, Danny Willett, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy made the turn tied for the lead at 10-under and a back-nine shootout looked likely
  • However, it was Adam Scott, who made the turn at 8-under, who came from behind after starting the day three strokes behind Rory McIlroy. Scott began with a birdie on the opening hole before a pair of double bogeys at Nos. 3 and 5 halted his challenge.
  • Scott then played the last 13 holes in 6-under par.
  • After driving behind a tree on the final hole, Scott bravely tried to cut his second shot around the tree and over the water. His ball came to rest on the grassy bank inside the water hazard left of the green. Scott chipped to 6’ 8” below the hole and made the putt to win in back-to-back weeks on the PGA TOUR.

More on Adam Scott

  • The 2016 Mexico Championship victory was Scott’s 13th career win on the PGA TOUR. It came on the heels of The Honda Classic title Scott claimed a week earlier.
  • Scott was the most recent player to win back-to-back titles on the PGA TOUR before Justin Thomas claimed the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii in consecutive weeks at the start of 2017.
  • Scott’s win was his second career World Golf Championships event having won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011.
  • Following last year’s Mexico Championship win, Scott claimed the No. 1 position in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career.
  • He stayed in the No. 1 position for two months, eventually finishing No. 4 at the end of  the season.
  • Last season, Scott became the fourth player to finish inside the top 10 in all four FedExCup Playoffs events in a single season (T4/The Barclays, 4/Deutsche Bank Championship, T4/BMW Championship, T8/TOUR Championship), joining Rory Sabbatini in 2007 (finished No. 4 in FedExCup); Padraig Harrington in 2009 (No. 7); and Dustin Johnson in 2012 (No. 8).
  • Scott has six top-10 finishes in 15 Mexico Championship appearances, including a T4 in 2015 and a runner-up in 2006.
  • The six top-10 finishes rank T3 in tournament history, behind Sergio Garcia (7) and Tiger Woods (13). Scott is the fifth international winner of the Mexico Championship. He joined Geoff Ogilvy (2008) as the second Australian winner.
  • Canadian Mike Weir won in 2000, South African Ernie Els (2004, 2010) claimed the title twice and Englishman Justin Rose (2012) was the most recent international winner before Scott. It’s worth noting each of these five players have captured major championships.
  • With $3,918,375 in career earnings at the Mexico Championship, Scott lies second on the list behind Tiger Woods who has amassed $9,445,000 at this event. Scott never missed a cut in 20 starts during the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season.
  • With four additional starts this season he has 24 tournaments without missing a cut, the leader in that category.
  • Adam Scott moved from ninth to sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking when he won the Mexico Championship last year. He is currently ranked No. 7 in the world.
  • None of the last nine winners of the Mexico Championship were outside the top-20 of the Official World Golf Ranking immediately following their victory.
  • Here’s a look at where the nine most recent Mexico Championship winners stood in relation to the Official World Golf Ranking.

Eligibility for the Mexico Championship

  • The top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 20, 2017.
  • The top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 27, 2017.
  • The top 30 players from the final 2016 FedExCup Points List.
  • The top 10 players from the FedExCup Points List as of February 27, 2017.
  • The top 20 players from the final 2016 European Tour Order of Merit.
  • The top 10 players from the European Tour Order of Merit as of February 20, 2017.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit, not otherwise exempt.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Australasian Tour Order of Merit, not otherwise exempt.
  • The top 2 players from the 2016 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit through the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Championship, not otherwise exempt.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit, not otherwise exempt.
  • The highest ranked available player from Mexico from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 20, 2017, if not otherwise eligible
  • *Note: The week of The Honda Classic is the final opportunity to qualify for the Mexico Championship. Players not previously eligible could qualify by being inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking or the top 10 of the FedExCup standings following The Honda Classic.

Player Notes

  • Dustin Johnson
    • Dustin Johnson recently took over the No.1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking with his five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open, surpassing Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.
    • Johnson (13/2008-present) has now claimed at least one win in each of his first ten seasons on the PGA TOUR (the best current streak) and joins Arnold Palmer (17/1955-1971), Jack Nicklaus (17/1962-1978) and Tiger Woods (14/1996-2009) as the only players since 1960 to achieve this feat.
    • Last season, Johnson claimed the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as PGA TOUR Player of the Year. He also took home the Byron Nelson Award for Adjusted Scoring Average (69.172) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,365,185).
    • Johnson is a three-time World Golf Championships winner with victories at the HSBC Champions (2013), the Mexico Championship (2015) and the Bridgestone Invitational (2016). He joins Tiger Woods (18) and Geoff Ogilvy (3) as one of three players with three or more World Golf Championships victories.
    • Johnson has three top-10 finishes in Mexico Championship tournament history – 2nd/2011, T4/2014 and 1st/2015
  • Rory McIlroy
    • Rory McIlroy hasn’t played a tournament since Jan. 15, when he lost a playoff to Graeme Storm in the South African Open. The No. 3 player in the Official World Golf Ranking was later diagnosed with a stress fracture in his ribs.
    • The 2016 FedExCup champion will hope to continue the form he showed at last year’s TOUR Championship where he was a part of one of the most dramatic finishes to the season-ending event in  recent memory.
    • In a drama-filled final round, McIlroy holed out for eagle from 137 yards on No. 16 to move to 11-under and one stroke behind leader Kevin Chappell. A victory meant McIlroy would take home the FedExCup, while a second-place finish put the FedExCup in Dustin Johnson’s hands.
    • A final hole birdie in regulation moved him to 12-under and forced a three-way playoff with Chappell and Ryan Moore.
    • With Chappell bowing out of the playoff, Moore and McIlroy required a fourth extra hole, the 16th, where he had holed out earlier in the day. After Moore had saved par with a putt from 17 feet, McIlroy drilled his birdie putt from 15 feet to claim both the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup title for his 13th PGA TOUR win and his 22nd victory worldwide.
    • The four-time major champion is seeking his third World Golf Championships title having already won the 2014 Bridgestone Invitational and the 2015 Dell Match Play.
    • McIlroy finished T3 at last year’s Mexico Championship after holding a three-stroke lead over Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson heading into the final round. He was also third in 2012
  • Jordan Spieth
    • With his recent win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Jordan Spieth tied Jason Day for most victories since the start of the 2013 PGA TOUR season. Spieth and Day have nine each, while Rory McIlroy is joined by Dustin Johnson who now owns seven after his Genesis Open win.
    • Spieth is the second-youngest player since World War II to win nine times on the PGA TOUR:
      • Tiger Woods (23 years, 5 months, 7 days) – 1999 Memorial
      • Jordan Spieth (23 years, 6 months, 16 days) – 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
      • Jack Nicklaus (24 years, 19 days) – 1964 Waste Management Phoenix Open
    • In five starts this season, Spieth has finished inside the top 10 four times (T22/Genesis Open) and posted under-par scores in every round except one (R3/Genesis Open/72).
      • In three appearances at the Mexico Championship, Spieth’s highest finish is T17, the position he has finished the last two years
  • Hideki Matsuyama
    • Since the end of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has won five of his last 10 worldwide starts, including the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a four-hole playoff over Webb Simpson.
    • Matsuyama also claimed the Japan Golf Open and the VISA Taiheyo Masters in his home country and beat a small but stellar field in the Bahamas to capture the Hero World Challenge. During this time period he also finished runner-up at the CIMB Classic and the SBS Tournament of Champions.
    • Matsuyama holds a slender 70-point lead over Justin Thomas in the FedExCup standings heading into the Mexico Championship.
    •  In three starts at the Mexico Championship, Matsuyama owns one top-25 result, a T23 in 2015.
  • Rickie Fowler
    • Rickie Fowler will make his 180th career PGA TOUR start at the Mexico Championship and his fifth this season.
    •  Fowler’s four-stroke win at The Honda Classic last week was his first TOUR victory since the 2015 Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston and jumped him from No. 58 to No. 10 in the FedExCup standings.
    • Aside from missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, Fowler has posted top-10 results in his four additional appearances on TOUR this season (T6/WGC-HSBC Champions, MC/Farmers Insurance Open, T4/Waste Management Phoenix Open, 1/The Honda Classic).
    • In November/December, Fowleralso teamed with Jimmy Walker to finish T2 at the ISPS HANDA World Cup and recorded a T3 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
    • The Mexico Championship will mark Fowler’s 24th official start in a World Golf Championships event. Of 11 top-10 finishes, his best result is T2 to Adam Scott at the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational.
    • Fowler has two top-10 showings in six appearances at the Mexico Championship (T8/2016, 8th/2011).
  • Justin Thomas
    • Justin Thomas is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR this season.
    • His first win of the season came as he defended the CIMB Classic title he claimed in 2015.
    • He added the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to his resume before winning the following week, at the Sony Open in Hawaii after opening the tournament with an 11-under 59 at the par-70 Waialae CC.
    • Thomas was T35 at last year’s Mexico Championship, his only previous appearance in this event.
    • This will be his sixth start in a World Golf Championships event with a T23 at this seasons HSBC Champions his best showing.
    • Thomas lies 70 points back of leader Hideki Matsuyama in second place in the FedExCup standings
  • Roberto Diaz
    • Roberto Diaz, 30, earned a spot in next week’s Mexico Championship via the Official World Golf Ranking as the highest-ranked player from Mexico as of Monday, February 20. Diaz, at No. 472, edged out fellow countryman Rodolfo Cazaubon at No. 510.
    • Diaz played college golf at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and now competes on the Web.com Tour.
    • He lost in a playoff in February at the Club Colombia Championship, where he held a two-stroke lead over Ethan Tracy heading to the last hole.
    • From 101 yards, Tracy holed his third shot for an eagle at the par-5 final hole, then defeated Diaz with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Diaz posted a T19 at the following week’s Panama Claro Championship and lies No. 5 on the Web.com Tour money list.
    • The Mexico Championship will be his fourth PGA TOUR start. He has missed the cut three times at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.
  • Jeunghun Wang
    • In 2016, South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang won the European Tour’s Trophée Hassan II on a sponsor exemption, with a birdie on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Nacho Elvira.
    • The following week, he won again at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, a co-sanctioned event on the European, Sunshine and Asian Tours, claiming a one stroke victory over Siddikur Rahman. He was the youngest player, at 20 years and 263 days, to win consecutive events on the European Tour.
    • His third European Tour win came at the 2017 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters where he beat Joakim Lagergren and Jaco van Zyl in a playoff.
    • Prior to the European and Asian Tours, he played on PGA Tour China and comfortably won the tour’s inaugural event by 10 strokes in 2014.
    • Wang, 21, is the youngest player in the field this week.
    • Wang finished T43 finish at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio while representing South Korea.
    • Wang posted a T70 at last year’s WGC-HSBC Champions in his only previous World Golf Championships appearance.
  • Jon Rahm
    • The Spaniard was No. 137 in the Official World Ranking before winning the Farmers Insurance Open to advance to No. 46.
    • Two more strong performances (T16/Waste Management Phoenix Open, T5/AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) moved him to No. 37 helping secure his position inside the top 50 and earn a spot in the field.
  • Sam Brazel
    • Australia’s Sam Brazel, winner of the UBS Hong Kong Open on the European Tour, finished in the No. 6 position in the Race to Dubai standings.
    • His start in Mexico City will be his first on the PGA TOUR.
    • Brazel had played the Asian Tour since 2013 until he birdied the last to beat Rafa Cabrera Bello by one shot and win his first European Tour title at last year’s UBS Hong Kong Open.
    • The 38-year-old Australian entered that week ranked 480th in the Official World Golf Ranking but came away victorious in just his 17th European Tour appearance to earn exempt
    • This will be his PGA TOUR debut.
  • David Lipsky
    • The 28-year-old California native, made his big breakthrough by winning the 2014 Omega European Masters on the European Tour, where he beat Graeme Storm in a play-off.
    • He won his third start on the Asian Tour, at the 2012 HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic, before finishing 11th on the Order of Merit as a rookie.
    • He played on the Web.com Tour in 2013.
    • He began golf when he was ten and after much success as a junior went to Northwestern University in Chicago, where he was an All-American. This will be his sixth PGA TOUR start.
    • In the 2014-15 season he played five events, including three World Golf Championships.
  • Matthew Griffin
    • Australia’s Matthew Griffin became eligible for the Mexico Championship and his first World Golf Championships event by topping the 2016 Order of Merit for the PGA Tour of Australasia.
    • Griffin, 33, was the No. 3 ranked amateur in the world in 2008 and represented his country at the Eisenhower Trophy before turning professional.
    • He has won three times on the PGA TOUR of Australasia and also claimed the Order of Merit title in 2016.
    • He is also a winner of the OneAsia Order of Merit (2013) and a two-time winner on that Tour.
    • In 2014, he won the KPGA Championship on the Korean Tour. He plays golf right-handed but writes left-handed. This will be his PGA TOUR debut.
  • Mackenzie Hughes
    • Five starts into his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes won The RSM Classic in November to move into the top 10 of the FedExCup standings.
    • He managed to stay there following a T66 at last week’s The Honda Classic, and earned a spot in the field in Mexico as the No. 9 player in the FedExCup standings after The Honda Classic.

Additional Field Notes

  • U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk will be keeping an eye on the field while competing in the Mexico Championship as qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup Team begins at this World Golf Championships event and concludes Aug. 12, 2018, with the top eight players automatically making his squad.  Players will earn one point for every $2,000 earned in Mexico.
  • Sergio Garcia, with nine PGA TOUR wins and 12 European Tour victories, will make his 50th official start in a World Golf Championships event at the Mexico Championship
    • However, Garcia remains in search of a title at one of the four annual World Golf Championships events.
    • His best result was runner-up at the Bridgestone nvitational in 2014. With seven, Garcia has the second-most top-10 finishes in the Mexico Championship, trailing
      only Tiger Woods (12).
  • Phil Mickelson, 46, is the oldest player in the field this week. Ernie Els, aged 40 years, 4 months, 25 days in 2010, is the oldest winner of the Mexico Championship.
  • Last year’s runner-up, Bubba Watson now has three second-place finishes in the last five years at the Mexico Championship (2/2016, T2/2014, 2/2012).
    • Watson has nine PGA TOUR victories, including two Masters Tournament wins (2012, 2014) and the 2014 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
    • He shares the tournament record 18-hole score of 62 with Retief Goosen (2002), Sergio Garcia (2002) and J.B. Holmes (2015). Watson recorded a 62 in the 2012 tournament.
  • Belgium’s Thomas Pieters secured his position in the Mexico Championship with a T2 finish at the Genesis Open, firing a final-round 8-under 63.
    • Pieters jumped from No. 47 to No. 33 in the Official World Golf Ranking following his play at Riviera CC, ensuring a spot in the field.
  • With no movement in the top 10 of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai following the ISPS Handa Super 6 Perth, five players who were not already exempt qualified for the Mexico Championship – England’s Tommy Fleetwood, Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, USA’s David Lipsky, Australia’s Sam Brazel and Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal.
  • All but two past champions of the Mexico Championship – Nick Watney in 2011 and Patrick Reed in 2014 – have won at least one major championship to go with their Mexico Championship victory.
  • Twenty-two countries will be represented at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship this week with the United States leading the way with 27 players in the field. England will be represented by 10 players with Australia and South Africa each having five players competing.
  • 45 players in the field have PGA TOUR victories, accounting for 242 total wins on TOUR.
  • 49 players in the field have won on foreign Tours, accounting for 327 total wins on foreign Tours.
  • Past winners of the Mexico Championship in the field this week include Adam Scott (2016), Dustin Johnson (2015), Patrick Reed (2014), Justin Rose (2012) and Phil Mickelson (2009).
  • 15 of 17 Mexico Championships have been decided by two strokes or less, including the last six.
  • Only two playoffs have been required to decide the Mexico Championship winner and Tiger Woods claimed the title in both, defeating Miguel Angel Jimenez in 1999 and John Daly in 2005.
  • Tiger Woods went wire-to-wire for victory in 2006 at The Grove and 2002 at Mount Juliet Conrad. No player went wire-to-wire to win during the 10 years at Trump National Doral.
  • During the 10 years that Doral hosted the Mexico Championship (2007-2016), only three players have completed the tournament with all four rounds below 70 – Phil Mickelson (65-66-69-69/1st) and Jim Furyk (68-68-69-67/3rd) in 2009, and Steve Stricker (67-67-69-68/2nd) in 2013.
  • While there have been nine aces in tournament history, the two most recent aces in the Mexico Championship occurred on the same hole in the same round. Dustin Johnson and J.B. Holmes each recorded a hole-in-one at the fourth hole during round three in 2015 at Doral.

First-timer information

  • Seven players have made a World Golf Championships event their first PGA TOUR win:
    • Darren Clarke – 2000 Dell Match Play
    • Craig Parry – 2002 Bridgestone Invitational
    • Kevin Sutherland – 2002 Dell Match Play
    • Henrik Stenson – 2007 Dell Match Play
    • Ian Poulter – 2010 Dell Match Play
    • Shane Lowry – 2015 Bridgestone Invitational
    • Russell Knox – 2015 HSBC Champions
  • First-timers in the Mexico Championship field this week include Sam Brazel, Kevin Chappell, Roberto Diaz,Matthew Griffin, Tyrrell Hatton, Mackenzie Hughes, Si Woo Kim, William McGirt, Thomas Pieters, John Rahm, Brendan Steele, Brandon Stone, Jeunghun Wang and Fabrizio Zanotti.
  • The Mexico Championship and the FedExCup
    • The Mexico Championship enters the fourth season featuring a wraparound schedule that bridges two years with 47 events.
    • The 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season began with seven events during the fall of 2016, each of which awarded FedExCup points.
    • After a seven-week break, the season resumed with the SBS Tournament of Champions, won by Justin Thomas.
    • The FedExCup Playoffs once again features four events and concludes in September with the TOUR Championship and the crowning of the FedExCup champion.
    • Since the FedExCup’s 2007 inception, the winner of the Mexico Championship has made it all the way to the TOUR Championship all but once, with Geoff Ogilvy missing the 30-player event in 2008 after victory at Doral:
      • Adam Scott (2016)
      • Dustin Johnson (2015)
      • Patrick Reed (2014)
      • Tiger Woods (2013, 2007)
      • Justin Rose (2012),
      • Nick Watney (2011)
      • Ernie Els (2010)
      • Phil Mickelson (2009).
      • Woods, in 2007, captured both the Mexico Championship and the inaugural FedExCup, while Mickelson, in 2009, won at Doral and also claimed the TOUR

World Golf Championships

  • The World Golf Championships are sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.
  • Events in the World Golf Championships series include the Mexico Championship (Mexico City, Mexico), the Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin, TX, USA), the Bridgestone
    Invitational (Akron, Ohio, USA) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). World Golf Championship events are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages.
  • The series as a whole has generated nearly $60 million for charitable causes since its inception in 1999.

Young Stars Excel

  • Winners of 11 of the 15 PGA TOUR events during the 2016-17 season have come from players under the age of 30 including seven straight dating from Mackenzie Hughes’ win at The RSM Classic through Jordan Spieth’s victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.


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