2018 WGC-Mexico Championship

The 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship was a golf tournament played March 1–4 at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico, just west of Mexico City. It was the 19th time the WGC Championship was played, and the first of the World Golf Championships events to be staged in 2018. The approximate elevation of the course's clubhouse is 2,400 meters (7,870 ft) above sea level.

2018 WGC-Mexico Championship
Tournament information
DatesMarch 1–4, 2018
LocationNaucalpan, Mexico
19°25′52″N 99°14′38″W / 19.431°N 99.244°W / 19.431; -99.244Coordinates: 19°25′52″N 99°14′38″W / 19.431°N 99.244°W / 19.431; -99.244
Course(s)Club de Golf Chapultepec
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length7,345 yards (6,716 m)
Field64 players
CutNone
Prize fund$10,000,000
8,190,676
Winner's share$1,700,000
€1,392,415
Champion
United States Phil Mickelson
268 (−16), playoff
Location Map
Naucalpan is located in Mexico
Naucalpan
Naucalpan
Location in Mexico
Naucalpan is located in State of Mexico
Naucalpan
Naucalpan
Location in State of Mexico
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Phil Mickelson won the tournament on the first playoff hole;[1][2] it was his first tour victory in over 4½ years, since The Open Championship in 2013.

Course layoutEdit

Club de Golf Chapultepec

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 316 387 186 506 445 625 235 525 382 3,607 450 622 406 225 497 575 403 172 388 3,738 7,345
Meters 289 354 170 463 407 572 215 480 349 3,299 411 569 371 206 441 526 369 157 355 3,405 6,704
Par 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 35 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 71

Source:[3]

FieldEdit

The field consisted of players from the top of the Official World Golf Ranking and the money lists/Orders of Merit from the six main professional golf tours.[4] Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.

1. The top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of February 19, 2018

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (2,5), Daniel Berger (2,3), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (2,5), Patrick Cantlay (2,3), Paul Casey (2,3), Kevin Chappell (2,3), Jason Dufner (2,3), Tony Finau (2,3,4), Ross Fisher (2,5,6), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2,5), Tommy Fleetwood (2,5,6), Rickie Fowler (2,3), Dylan Frittelli (2,5,6), Sergio García (2,3,5), Branden Grace (2,5), Adam Hadwin (2,3), Brian Harman (2,3), Tyrrell Hatton (2,5), Charley Hoffman (2,3), Yuta Ikeda (2), Dustin Johnson (2,3,4), Kevin Kisner (2,3), Satoshi Kodaira (2,7), Matt Kuchar (2,3), Li Haotong (2,5,6), Marc Leishman (2,3), Phil Mickelson (2), Francesco Molinari (2,5), Alex Norén (2,5), Louis Oosthuizen (2), Pat Perez (2,3,4), Thomas Pieters (2,5), Jon Rahm (2,3,4,5), Chez Reavie (2,4), Patrick Reed (2,3), Justin Rose (2,3,5), Xander Schauffele (2,3), Charl Schwartzel (2), Webb Simpson (2,3), Jordan Spieth (2,3), Brendan Steele (2,4), Justin Thomas (2,3,4), Jhonattan Vegas (2,3), Bubba Watson (2), Gary Woodland (2,3,4)

2. The top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of February 26, 2018
3. The top 30 players from the final 2017 FedExCup Points List

Russell Henley, Kyle Stanley

4. The top 10 players from the 2018 FedExCup Points List, as of February 26, 2018

Patton Kizzire

5. The top 20 players from the final 2017 European Tour Race to Dubai

Paul Dunne, Peter Uihlein, Bernd Wiesberger

6. The top 10 players from the 2018 European Tour Race to Dubai, as of February 19, 2018

Jorge Campillo, Joost Luiten, Wade Ormsby, Chris Paisley, Shubhankar Sharma

7. The top 2 players not exempt from the final 2017 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit

Yūsaku Miyazato

8. The top 2 players from the final 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit

Adam Bland, Brett Rumford

9. The top 2 players from the final 2017 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

Dean Burmester, Brandon Stone

10. The top 2 players from the final 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit

Gavin Green, David Lipsky

11. The highest ranked available player from Mexico from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 19, 2018

Abraham Ancer

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (29) South America (1) Europe (17) Oceania (4) Asia (7) Africa (6)
  Canada (1)   Venezuela (1)   England (7)   Australia (4)   China (1)   South Africa (6)
  Mexico (1)   Ireland (1)   India (1)
  United States (27)   Austria (1)   Japan (3)
  Belgium (1)   Malaysia (1)
  Italy (1)   Thailand (1)
  Netherlands (1)
  Spain (4)
  Sweden (1)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Place
Phil Mickelson   United States 2009 69 68 65 66 268 −16 1
Dustin Johnson   United States 2015, 2017 69 66 68 69 272 −12 T7
Patrick Reed   United States 2014 72 74 68 69 283 −1 T37
Justin Rose   England 2012 71 72 73 67 283 −1 T37

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 64 −7
T2 Chris Paisley   England 65 −6
Xander Schauffele   United States
Shubhankar Sharma   India
T5 Kiradech Aphibarnrat   Thailand 66 −5
Rafael Cabrera-Bello   Spain
7 Jon Rahm   Spain 67 −4
T8 Tony Finau   United States 68 −3
Rickie Fowler   United States
Sergio García   Spain
Brian Harman   United States
Pat Perez   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, March 2, 2018

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Shubhankar Sharma   India 65-66=131 −11
T2 Rafael Cabrera-Bello   Spain 66-67=133 −9
Sergio García   Spain 68-65=133
Xander Schauffele   United States 65-68=133
T5 Kiradech Aphibarnrat   Thailand 66-69=135 −7
Brian Harman   United States 68-67=135
Dustin Johnson   United States 69-66=135
Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 64-71=135
Pat Perez   United States 68-67=135
Brendan Steele   United States 69-66=135
Bubba Watson   United States 69-66=135

Third roundEdit

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Shubhankar Sharma   India 65-66-69=200 −13
T2 Rafael Cabrera-Bello   Spain 66-67-69=202 −11
Sergio García   Spain 68-65-69=202
Tyrrell Hatton   England 70-68-64=202
Phil Mickelson   United States 69-68-65=202
T6 Brian Harman   United States 68-67-68=203 −10
Dustin Johnson   United States 69-66-68=203
Pat Perez   United States 68-67-68=203
Xander Schauffele   United States 65-68-70=203
10 Justin Thomas   United States 72-70-62=204 −9

Final roundEdit

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Place Player Country Score To par Money (US$)
T1 Phil Mickelson   United States 69-68-65-66=268 −16 Playoff
Justin Thomas   United States 72-70-62-64=268
T3 Rafael Cabrera-Bello   Spain 66-67-69-67=269 −15 510,500
Tyrrell Hatton   England 70-68-64-67=269
T5 Kiradech Aphibarnrat   Thailand 66-69-71-65=271 −13 330,500
Brian Harman   United States 68-67-68-68=271
T7 Sergio García   Spain 68-65-69-70=272 −12 239,750
Dustin Johnson   United States 69-66-68-69=272
T9 Adam Hadwin   Canada 70-71-67-66=274 −10 182,000
Shubhankar Sharma   India 65-66-69-74=274
Bubba Watson   United States 69-66-72-67=274

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4
  Mickelson −12 −13 −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −14 −14 −15 −14 −14 −14 −14 −15 −16 −16 −16
  Thomas −10 −11 −11 −11 −11 −12 −12 −12 −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −14 −15 −15 −14 −16
  Cabrera-Bello −13 −13 −13 −13 −12 −12 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −14 −15
  Hatton −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −12 −13 −13 −14 −16 −16 −16 −15
  Aphibarnrat −7 −8 −8 −8 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12 −12 −13 −13 −12 −12 −13
  Harman −11 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −13 −13 −13
  Sharma −13 −13 −13 −13 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12 −13 −12 −11 −11 −12 −11 −10

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[7]

PlayoffEdit

The playoff started on the par-3 17th hole. From the tee, Thomas went past the green and Mickelson found the putting surface. Thomas left his difficult chip well short, Mickelson just missed his birdie putt and tapped in for par; Thomas missed the par putt he needed to extend the playoff.

Place Player Country Score To par Money (US$)
1 Phil Mickelson   United States 3 E 1,700,000
2 Justin Thomas   United States 1,072,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Phil Mickelson wins playoff in Mexico, ends long drought". USA Today. Associated Press. March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Phil Mickelson ends drought with playoff win in Mexico Championship". ESPN. Associated Press. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "WGC-Mexico Championship: Card of the course". European Tour. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "2018 Qualifiers for majors, The Players, WGCs". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Everill, Ben. "Koepka sidelined for 10 weeks, hoping to play Masters". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Chan Kim: Withdraws from WGC-Mexico Championship". The Score. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship". ESPN. Retrieved August 4, 2018.

External linksEdit