This WGC is a new event that is in its second year on the calendar. It is the first WGC event to be held in a Latin American country and has succeeded in taking golf to the next global level. The golf course is narrow, tree lined, and Andy Johnson from the Fried Egg said it best, this course is the prime example for what TOUR pros would shoot at your local muni.
This event in the past has been held at Doral, Valderrama, and TPC Harding Park. In an effort to grow the game globally, the WGC series have moved around and brought this championship to Mexico, making it the first WGC event to be held in Latin America. Along with bringing the WGC series to Mexico, this event also teams up with the First Tee of Mexico to bring awareness to the younger generation in Mexico.
The architects behind this golf course were brothers, Willie and Alex Smith. Both players won major championships, including the 1899, 1906, and 1910 US Open's. Both were known mainly for their playing careers, and didn't design many golf courses. Willie was invited to become the Head Professional and designer of a golf course in Mexico City after his playing career. He was injured during the Mexican Revolution, before the course was completed, and his younger brother Alex Smith came down to complete the golf course.
Club de Golf Chapultepec
- Par 71, 7276 yards
- Adjusted course yardage with elevation, 6400 yards
- Willie and Alex Smith Design
- The golf course is at 7,400 feet elevation which negates the long hitters advantage, forcing all players to play to the same spots
- Slideshow of all 18 holes
Tough to make picks this week, as this is only the second year that the tournament is held on this course. That being said...
Solid Bets: Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood
Dark Horses: Ross Fisher, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson
My Pick: Phil Mickelson