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20 Feb 2019 by Sam Vickers

2019 WGC Mexico Championship Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship? Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th of February, 2019

Where is the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship? Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship? $10,250,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship? https://mexico.janto.es/wgc/public/janto/

What is the course yardage at Club de Golf Chapultepec? 7,345 yards (6,716 m)

What is the par at Club de Golf Chapultepec? 71

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 WGC Mexico Championship?

THE HISTORY

The first World Golf Championship of the 2019 season heads to Mexico as the country hosts for its second year. With the course sitting at 2,400 meters (7,870 ft) above sea level, the ball will be travelling extremely long this week, making it a fair test all-round for both short and long hitters. The players who can adapt to the conditions with the altitude changes will be the ones who are in contention come Sunday.

The WGC Championship moved to the Club de Golf Chapultepec in 2017 having been played around ‘The Blue Monster’ at Trump National Doral Miami since 2007, a course aptly named for its length and vast amounts of water in play on the majority of holes. With Chapultepec possessing a different kind of challenge, requiring more accuracy and course strategy, the majority of players in the field are genuine contenders, rather than a select few who possessed the distance needed for each hole at Doral.

Only 14 players have won two or more WGCs with Tiger Woods leading the way by some distance on 18 victories, 13 more than Dustin Johnson in second with five. Defending champion Phil Mickelson became just the fourth player to have won three or more WGCs, and there is a real possibility that a fifth player could move into that club this week.

THE FAVOURITES

Justin Thomas

With a runner-up finish at last week’s Genesis Open, and two third-place finishes in 2019 already, Thomas is close to claiming his tenth PGA Tour title. A runner-up finish here last year suggests he has a great opportunity to join the list of three-time WGC winners with a victory this week.

Dustin Johnson

A win this week would further cement his place in second on the WGC titles list with six. DJ won here in 2017 to claim his fifth WGC crown, and defended with a solid T7, showing his fondness for the course. With two top tens from three starts this year, and an international victory to add, his game is close to its very best.

Phil Mickelson

A dramatic playoff win against Justin Thomas here last year ended Mickelson's five-year winless streak. Notably, he has started this season in similar form, claiming his 44th PGA Tour victory just two starts ago as well as a T2 in his first start of 2019.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy has started 2019 in solid form with three straight top five finishes. A win would see him become only the fifth player in history to win three WGC titles, and a T7 here in 2017 suggests he has a real chance to claim just his second PGA Tour title since 2016.

THE OUTSIDER

Tyrrell Hatton

The Englishman recorded three top 15 finishes during last year’s WGCs. A tenth place here in 2017 was followed up by a T3 showing in 2018, which suggests he has the game to contend here and claim his first PGA Tour victory on top of this three European Tour titles.

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