WGC-Mexico Championship Golf Live Streaming– Watch WGC Mexico Championship Golf Live Streaming online Free will be kick off at Club de Golf Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico, sunday, 01 to 04 March 2018 online, 2 pm EST and its broadcast on Channel NBC.
Club de Golf Chapultepec is in the heart of Mexico, but based on last year’s results, it may be the most European of courses on the PGA TOUR.
Consider the leaderboard at the 2017 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship: Although American Dustin Johnson was the winner, the next four finishers were from Europe. Of the top 10 players, six were from Europe, and of the 27 players who finished T25 or better, there were more Europeans (13) than Americans (12).
That’s not a ratio we see very often on the PGA TOUR. The Open Championship, of course, may favor Europeans since it’s played in the United Kingdom and has more Europeans in the field. Obviously, World Golf Championships fields generally will have a higher ratio of Europeans than regular PGA TOUR events, since several of this week’s participants are regulars on the European Tour.
Still, perhaps the Europeans have found their comfort zone in the high-altitude course in Mexico City. Of the 65 players in the field, 17 are from Europe – including seven from England.
“It is a very European layout,” said Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, runner-up last year to Johnson. “Last year it just reminded us of playing in Italy or some of the courses that we play. And it wasn’t just me that played well last year, there were a lot of Europeans up there.
“It just is a bit of a European layout, a bit (more) of an old-school golf course (than) ones we’re kind of used to playing a little bit. It’s still different, it’s still a long way above sea level and the greens are a bit (more) slopey than what we’re used to. So there are still differences that we don’t get but just the general feel of when you’re walking down the fairways and seeing the tee shots, it’s tree-lined, that is quite a European feel to it.”
Ironically, one of Europe’s best players did not fare well in Mexico last year.
England’s Justin Rose failed to break 70 in his four rounds, eventually finishing T38 – even though he ranked first in strokes gained: tee to green. He may enter this week as Europe’s hottest player, having won three times in his last eight starts to move to No. 5 in the world. (Spain’s Jon Rahm, at No. 2, is the highest-ranked European in the world.)
Rose doesn’t subscribe to the theory that Chapultepec favors long hitters, despite Johnson’s success last year.
“It shouldn’t be a golf course that really suits the long hitter,” he said. “I think it’s the kind of golf course that suits everybody and offers everybody the opportunity to play well. It’s very strategic, there’s a lot of wedges in hand for most of the field. Yeah, it’s about kind of just getting the ball in the hole this week.
“Just from memory, you can be aggressive, you can try and take it over tree lines occasionally. But if you’re on your own, that works for a long hitter, but equally there’s a lot of risk with that as well. So game plan’s very important around here, but I think all types of players can find their way around the golf course.”
Venue: Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Date: Mar 1-4
Course stats: par 71, 7,330 yards
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson (-14)
TV Coverage –
The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST, on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. NBC will take over on Saturday at 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Players to watch:
Defending champion Dustin Johnson will be heavily fancied this week but who else might be in the mix come Sunday afternoon?
Tommy Fleetwood – The Englishman has been playing some great golf recently, including a fourth place last week in Palm Beach Gardens. He was second in this event last year, finishing just a shot back of DJ.
Alex Noren – The Swede has twice been a winner of the European Masters so clearly enjoys playing at altitude. He’s shown great form on the PGA Tour so far this year and was third last week in The Honda Classic.
Phil Mickelson – Tied seventh in this event last year, Mickelson obviously likes the course. He’s been enjoying one of the best runs of form he’s experienced in recent years with top-six finishes in his last three starts, including a tie for second in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Recent WGC Mexico Championship Winners –
2013: Tiger Woods
2014: Patrick Reed
2015: Dustin Johnson
2016 (Cadillac Championship pre-2016): Adam Scott
2017: Dustin Johnson