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The WGC - Mexico Championship (Spanish: WGC-Campeonato Mexicano) is a professional golf tournament hosted at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico since 2017, and is one of the four annual World Golf Championships.

WGC-Mexico Championship
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LocationNaucalpan, Mexico
(2017–present)
Established1999, 20 years ago
Course(s)Club de Golf Chapultepec
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$10,250,000
Month playedFebruary
Aggregate261 Tiger Woods (2006)
To par−25 Tiger Woods (2002)
United States Dustin Johnson
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Previous names include WGC-Cadillac Championship (2011–2016) and WGC-CA Championship (2007–2010) when it was hosted at Doral Golf Resort, Florida, and WGC-American Express Championship (1999–2006) when it was hosted at various locations in Europe and the United States. It is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Tiger Woods has the record number of wins with seven.[1][2] The winner receives a wedgwood trophy named the Gene Sarazen Cup.[3]

HistoryEdit

WGC-American Express Championship (1999–2006)Edit

Founded in 1999, the first two events were held in November at the Valderrama Golf Club in Southern Spain. The third event was due to be held in Missouri, but was cancelled following the September 11 attacks in New York. The remaining five events were held in late September / early October, twice in Ireland and the United States, and once in England. The event was dominated by Tiger Woods who won five of the first seven editions.[1]

Hosting at Doral Golf Resort, Florida (2007–2016)Edit

In 2007 the PGA Tour introduced the FedEx Cup, and moved the Tour Championship forward to mid September. As the event was historically held after this date it would have meant that it would not have formed part of the PGA Tour regular season unless it was moved. The event was reinvented with a new sponsor (CA, Inc, and later Cadillac), a new hosting month (March), and a new permanent host (Doral, Florida).[1] The decision to host on the Blue Monster course at Doral Golf Resort brought to an end the Ford Championship at Doral, a regular stop on the PGA Tour in March for 45 consecutive years (1962–2006). However, due to the WGC records taking precedence over PGA Tour records, technically the Cadillac Championship succeeded the American Express event, not the Ford Championship.[4] With the WGC-World Cup losing its World Golf Championship status after the 2006 event, it meant all three remaining WGC events were permanently held in the United States which drew criticism from some players and commentators.[5]

WGC-Mexico Championship (since 2017)Edit

After Cadillac decided not to renew sponsorship of the event, it moved to Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, just northwest of Mexico City in 2017.[6] Grupo Salinas took up sponsorship,[7] although their name does not appear in the title of the tournament. Donald Trump had purchased and renamed Trump National Doral in 2012, and many saw the move as being driven by sponsors and the PGA Tour wanting to distance themselves from controversy. It was also an opportunity to counter criticism that not enough World Golf Championship events were held outside the United States.[8][9] The Club de Golf Chapultepec is a tree-lined parkland course with tight fairways and undulating terrain, built approximately 1.36 miles (more than 7,800 feet) above sea level, which results in much longer ball flights than other golf events.[10][11] In 2017 and 2018 it continued to be held in March, which meant it interrupted the PGA Tour's "Florida Swing", but in 2019 it was moved to February to follow events on the West Coast and precede the tournaments in Florida.[9] The 2019 event was sold out due to being Tiger Woods' first professional appearance in Mexico.[12]

StructureEdit

FieldEdit

The tournament has a field of 72 players filled based upon the following criteria:[13]

  • Top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking (one week and two weeks prior to event)
  • Top players from member tours' money lists or orders of merit (from last complete season)
  • The highest ranked available player from Mexico in the Official World Golf Ranking (two weeks prior to event)
  • Alternates to fill field to 72 (if necessary) from the Official World Golf Ranking (one weeks prior to event)

FormatEdit

The tournament is a 72 hole stroke play event with no cut. If there is a tie after 72 holes, there is a sudden death playoff to decide a winner.

WinnersEdit

Year Date Player Country Location Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
WGC-Mexico Championship
2019 Feb 24 Dustin Johnson (3)   United States Chapultepec, Mexico 263 −21 5 strokes   Rory McIlroy 10,250,000 1,745,000
2018 Mar 4 Phil Mickelson (2)   United States Chapultepec, Mexico 268 −16 Playoff   Justin Thomas 10,000,000 1,700,000
2017 Mar 5 Dustin Johnson (2)   United States Chapultepec, Mexico 270 −14 1 stroke   Tommy Fleetwood 9,750,000 1,660,000
WGC-Cadillac Championship
2016 Mar 6 Adam Scott   Australia Doral, Florida 276 −12 1 stroke   Bubba Watson 9,500,000 1,620,000
2015 Mar 8 Dustin Johnson   United States Doral, Florida 279 −9 1 stroke   J. B. Holmes 9,250,000 1,572,500
2014 Mar 9 Patrick Reed   United States Doral, Florida 284 −4 1 stroke   Jamie Donaldson
  Bubba Watson
9,000,000 1,530,000
2013 Mar 10 Tiger Woods (7)   United States Doral, Florida 269 −19 2 strokes   Steve Stricker 8,750,000 1,500,000
2012 Mar 11 Justin Rose   England Doral, Florida 272 −16 1 stroke   Bubba Watson 8,500,000 1,400,000
2011 Mar 13 Nick Watney   United States Doral, Florida 272 −16 2 strokes   Dustin Johnson 8,500,000 1,400,000
WGC-CA Championship
2010 Mar 14 Ernie Els (2)   South Africa Doral, Florida 270 −18 4 strokes   Charl Schwartzel 8,500,000 1,400,000
2009 Mar 15 Phil Mickelson   United States Doral, Florida 269 −19 1 stroke   Nick Watney 8,500,000 1,400,000
2008 Mar 23 Geoff Ogilvy   Australia Doral, Florida 271 −17 1 stroke   Jim Furyk
  Retief Goosen
  Vijay Singh
8,000,000 1,350,000
2007 Mar 25 Tiger Woods (6)   United States Doral, Florida 278 −10 2 strokes   Brett Wetterich 8,000,000 1,350,000
WGC-American Express Championship
2006 Oct 1 Tiger Woods (5)   United States The Grove, England 261 −23 8 strokes   Ian Poulter
  Adam Scott
7,500,000 1,300,000
2005 Oct 9 Tiger Woods (4)   United States Harding Park, California 270 −10 Playoff   John Daly 7,500,000 1,300,000
2004 Oct 3 Ernie Els   South Africa Mount Juliet, Ireland 270 −18 1 stroke   Thomas Bjørn 7,000,000 1,200,000
2003 Oct 5 Tiger Woods (3)   United States Capital City, Georgia 274 −6 2 strokes   Stuart Appleby
  Tim Herron
  Vijay Singh
6,000,000 1,050,000
2002 Sep 22 Tiger Woods (2)   United States Mount Juliet, Ireland 263 −25 1 stroke   Retief Goosen 5,500,000 1,000,000
2001 Cancelled due to September 11 attacks[14], scheduled to be played from September 13 to 16 at Bellerive Country Club.
2000 Nov 12 Mike Weir   Canada Valderrama, Spain 277 −7 2 strokes   Lee Westwood 5,000,000 1,000,000
1999 Nov 7 Tiger Woods   United States Valderrama, Spain 278 −6 Playoff   Miguel Ángel Jiménez 5,000,000 1,000,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tournament History". European Tour. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "PGA Tour Media Guide". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Heath, Elliott (August 7, 2017). "The Best Trophies In Golf". Golf Monthly. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Kelley, Brent (August 14, 2017). "PGA Tour Doral Open: Its History and Winners". ThoughtCo. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "PGA Tour chief defends US dates". BBC Sport. February 26, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "The unusual problem PGA Tour pros will face at this week's WGC-Mexico Championship". Golf Digest. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sponsors: World Golf Championships". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Hoggard, Rex (June 1, 2016). "Money aside, the Tour opted for distance from Trump". Golf Channel. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Harig, Bob (June 1, 2016). "PGA Tour moves tournament from Trump Doral to Mexico City". ESPN.
  10. ^ "Chapultepec - Mexico". Top 100 Golf Courses. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Ralph, Pat (February 19, 2019). "Five things to know about Club de Golf Chapultepec". Golf.com. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Boletos agotados para el Mexico Championship 2019". MARCA Claro México (in Spanish). 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  13. ^ "Entry List". European Tour. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "2001 PGA Tour Schedule". USA Today. December 17, 2001. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "Past Winners: Cadillac Championship". PGA Tour. April 18, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2013.

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