Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What To Look For: 2020 WGC Mexico

Adam Scott won last week's Genesis Open.

Riviera played a little more difficult towards the weekend that originally thought.  Scott was ranked my 18th best player to win in the field.  I considered taking him, but fell in love with taking long shots like Sepp Stracka (MC'd), Corey Conners (MC'd) and Joaquin Niemann (MC'd).

There's a decent correlation between performance at Riviera and subsequent performance at Augusta in April, so that bodes well for Scott.  Also will be interesting to see what Bryson DeChambeau will do at August with his work on club speed training as DeChambeau finished 5th at Riviera and was the second most effective driver last week.  He was also 3rd in driving distance.


This week the Tour heads to Mexico City for WGC-Mexico tournament.

The event is played at Club de Golf Chapultepec which is at 7,800 feet above sea level.  It was designed by Willie and Alex Smith with a re-design by Percy Clifford in 1972. 

It's certainly a ballstriker's golf course and plays to those that hit it long and strike their irons well.  Most Tour players I've talked to like the course, but you would like it as well with no cut and drives easily carrying 300 yards.

I wrote about the findings and the radar data of the altitude changes in 2017 Pro Golf Synopsis.  In essence, the altitude causes the ball to not only fly longer, but flatter.  And players started to put more spin and launch on the ball.  I can understand that on approach shots and trying to get greens to hold, but off the tee the increased spin was counterproductive.

Here's a look at the weather this week:

Projected Winning Score: -17


Rory McIlroy +600
Dustin Johnson +800
Jon Rahm +1,000
Justin Thomas +1,100
Adam Scott +2,000
Hideki Matsuyama +2,000
Tommy Fleetwood +2,200
Bryson DeChambeau +2,500


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