This is a big week in the PGA Tour calendar as the players compete for a World Golf Championship in Mexico. With strict qualification criteria, and a unique golf course, there is a real buzz around this event and we should be treated to an exciting tournament.
Played at altitude, the ball will fly through the air and the 7300 yard layout looks there for the taking. Therefore, driving distance is somewhat irrelevant this week – there is more emphasis on players finding the fairways instead of trying to overpower the golf course.
The course itself has tree-lined fairways which lead to multi-tier greens. While these provide a good examination of the modern golfer, the length of the course makes it target golf and I expect to see a birdie shootout over the weekend.
Xander has taken the golf world by storm with 4 PGA Tour wins to his name already. The young American has cemented himself in the Top 10 in the world sitting at 7th.
He has proven he has the game and the temperament to win a WGC capturing the WGC HSBC Champions in 2018.
Schauffele had a decent tournament last year finishing tied 18th. He was in second after two rounds but a final round collapse saw his challenge fade. He will have learned lessons from that Sunday that could prove invaluable this week.
The Swede has flown under the radar this week boasting a huge 80/1 price. This price is largely due to his inconsistent start to the season. That said Noren’s game looks suited to this venue and he could make a mockery of that price come Sunday.
Some of his best PGA Tour results have come on bumpy poa annua greens – similar greens that we will see in Mexico.
He will relish the tactical battle and is capable of challenging this week should his putter catch fire.