Mexico Championship 2018: Form and course stats for this week's WGC event

World No 11 Tommy Fleetwood seeks maiden title on PGA Tour
Tommy Fleetwood was runner-up at Chapultepec last year
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The PGA Tour travels to Mexico for this week's World Golf Championship event at Chapultepec. Andy Swales supplies the stats...

"Eight of DJ’s 16 strokeplay victories on the PGA Tour, did not have either a 36 or 54-hole cut."

Most of the game's elite have travelled to Mexico for the first World Golf Championship event of 2018.

For a second straight year, the lush Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City will stage this prestigious tournament.

With its tight, tree-lined fairways, Chapultepec will provide a stern test for those teeing-up in Thursday's opening round.

Water is not a major issue on this 90-year-old parkland course which has been a frequent venue for Mexico's national open.

Defending Champ

World No 1 Dustin Johnson is the reigning champion and the 33-year-old American has a habit of playing well in tournaments that do not have a 36-hole cut.

He's already won four WGC strokeplay events, while finishing second in two others.

He's triumphed twice in the year-opening Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, as well as in two BMW Championships - which is a FedEx Cup play-off event limited to just 70 players and with no cut.

In short, eight of DJ's 16 strokeplay victories on the PGA Tour, did not have either a 36 or 54-hole cut. Perhaps he plays his best golf when not threatened with any form of instant dismissal.

The course should certainly suit a golfer with the ball-striking abilities of Louis Oosthuizen.

The South African was highly fancied 12 months ago, but failed to ignite, and for three rounds at PGA National last week looked well placed to pounce on the final day.

However, a closing 75 left him well adrift and just inside the top-25 but he remains capable of turning this around at Chapultepec.

Continues to Impress

Over the past 18 months, Tommy Fleetwood has gone from being a highly capable European Tour pro, to one of golf's biggest talents.

Thanks to three victories in 13 months, as well as eight other top-six finishes, the 27-year-old from Southport is now ranked 11th in the world.

He topped the Race to Dubai standings in 2017 and his form over the early weeks of this year seems to suggest he's the real deal.

He finished second in Mexico 12 months ago, and has shown he has both the game and mental toughness to claim a maiden title on the PGA Tour.

For those searching an each-way punt, in-form Phil Mickelson was a top-10 finisher at Chapultepec last year, while Englishman Ross Fisher could surprise everyone with another solid performance in Mexico.

Off The Boil

One huge star to have struggled in recent weeks is Rickie Fowler. The American has missed the cut twice in his past three events, either side of playing a dismal closing round at TPC Scottsdale.

Although these setbacks are probably just a blip, Fowler appears to have lost his way a little and during the past couple of years has been unable to take that next step from PGA Tour winner to major champion - and this may well be affecting his overall confidence.


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49
Dustin Johnson 16 2 9 1
Jon Rahm 26 11 29 1 2
Jordan Spieth 9 20 MC 18 9
Justin Thomas 1 9 17 14 22
Justin Rose 8 22 1
Rickie Fowler MC 11 MC 4
Sergio Garcia 33 32 1
Tommy Fleetwood 4 37 6 1
Marc Leishman MC 31 8 47 7
Tyrrell Hatton MC 3 15
Alexander Noren 3 16 21 2
Matt Kuchar 26 62 5 32
Pat Perez 41 35 29 21 4
Paul Casey 49 8 9
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 29 26 26 6 40
Brian Harman 33 MC 20 4 3
Xander Schauffele 9 17 MC 32 22
Charley Hoffman 41 Wd 26 35
Francesco Molinari MC 40 45
Patrick Reed MC MC 17 23 MC
Gary Woodland 49 MC 1 12 7
Ross Fisher 45 2
Branden Grace 37 20 37 15 2
Louis Oosthuizen 24 MC 49
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 3
Kevin Kisner MC MC 50 25 17
Phil Mickelson 6 2 5 45 MC
Tony Finau 2 MC 6 32
Patrick Cantlay 4 35 51 15
Daniel Berger 29 MC 11 14 11
Kevin Chappell 20 8 31 6 21
Hao Tong Li 53 MC 1 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 68 1 27 51 22 5 1
Brendan Steele 49 3 29 20 29
Bubba Watson 1 35 40 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 21 2 2 MC
Thomas Pieters 13 68 32 5
Chez Reavie 73 2 2 36 18
Jason Dufner 17 36 18 11
Webb Simpson 5 MC 36 4
Yuta Ikeda 39 35 MC
Dylan Frittelli 11 5 6 19 20 20 42
Charl Schwartzel 68 15
Jhonattan Vegas 72 MC MC 11 7
Adam Hadwin 6 43 35 3 32
Bernd Wiesberger MC MC 32 15
Yusaku Miyazato 11 27 5 40 MC 4
Russell Henley 24 15 MC MC 17
Kyle Stanley MC MC 51 10 30
Peter Uihlein MC 26 52 MC 17 MC
Joost Luiten 1 11 MC 48
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC 1 61 48 11 1
Paul Dunne MC MC 19
Chris Paisley 27 5 5 1
Chan Kim
Jorge Campillo 4 2 MC 14 12
Wade Ormsby 26 MC MC MC
Dean Burmester 4 MC 22 40 54 19
David Lipsky 77 17 6 MC
Gavin Kyle Green 68 39 45 8 MC 19
Brandon Stone MC MC MC MC 61 MC
Adam Bland MC MC 73 MC MC
Abraham Ancer MC 68 20 76 MC
Brett Rumford MC 40 37 74
Patton Kizzire MC 31 42 1 15
Player 2017
Dustin Johnson 1
Jon Rahm 3
Jordan Spieth 12
Justin Thomas 5
Justin Rose 38
Rickie Fowler 16
Sergio Garcia 12
Tommy Fleetwood 2
Marc Leishman
Tyrrell Hatton 10
Alexander Noren 55
Matt Kuchar 20
Pat Perez 38
Paul Casey 16
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 38
Brian Harman
Xander Schauffele
Charley Hoffman
Francesco Molinari 20
Patrick Reed 61
Gary Woodland 38
Ross Fisher 3
Branden Grace 32
Louis Oosthuizen 48
Matthew Fitzpatrick 16
Kevin Kisner 11
Phil Mickelson 7
Tony Finau
Patrick Cantlay
Daniel Berger 16
Kevin Chappell 55
Hao Tong Li
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Brendan Steele 48
Bubba Watson 38
Satoshi Kodaira
Thomas Pieters 5
Chez Reavie
Jason Dufner 23
Webb Simpson
Yuta Ikeda 61
Dylan Frittelli
Charl Schwartzel 38
Jhonattan Vegas 38
Adam Hadwin
Bernd Wiesberger 45
Yusaku Miyazato
Russell Henley
Kyle Stanley
Peter Uihlein
Joost Luiten 25
Shubhankar Sharma
Paul Dunne
Chris Paisley
Chan Kim
Jorge Campillo
Wade Ormsby
Dean Burmester
David Lipsky 63
Gavin Kyle Green
Brandon Stone 67
Adam Bland
Abraham Ancer
Brett Rumford
Patton Kizzire
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