I hope you all enjoyed the massacre at the Honda Classic this past week! As a golf fan I really enjoyed the tournament, but as a DFS player it was a rough week for most of my favorite plays. Hopefully you guys did better but enough about the past, let’s get going on a new week! There are some great contests on Draft Kings for the WGC Mexico Championship so let’s take a look at the course and what we should pay attention to.
Course: Club de Golf Chapultepec, which is located West of Mexico City. The course is usually a Par 72 but it will play as a Par 71 for the WCG. Club de Golf Chapultepec stretches 7,267 yards but will play much shorter due to the course being located over 7,000 feet above sea level. Expect the course to play closer to 6,500 yards once the elevation change is accounted for. The course has narrow fairways with plenty off trees that will make finding the fairway imperative. We’re also back to poa greens here so that is something to keep an eye on.
Field: Only 65 players in the field this week and no cut. Keep in mind that all 6 of your players will play all 4 rounds, barring any WD’s or DQ’s.
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson won here last year coming in at 14 under par, including a final round 3 under 68. DJ collected a cool $1.66 Million for his win, the total purse is around $9.75 million.
Key Stats: Fairways Gained, Birdie or Better %, Scrambling, Proximity from 75-125 Yards, Putting from 5-10 Feet
- Fairways Gained – The fairways here are lined with trees so players who can hit their second shots from the short grass will have an advantage. You don’t necessarily have to be long here but accuracy is important. I’ll be looking at guys who can keep the ball in play, whether they’re hitting driver, woods or irons off the tee and giving themselves a good look at the green on their approach shots
- Birdie or Better %: Green in regulation % at last years event here was lower than the PGA season average so I’m looking for guys who can convert their birdie opportunities. The winning score is going to be in the double digits so I’m looking for guys who are going to make plenty of birdies (and hopefully an eagle or two).
- Proximity from 75-125 Yards: With this course playing pretty short, a lot of approach shots will come from this range. Guys will be looking to stick their wedges close to get good looks at birdies. Last year the average number of 3 putts per round was higher than an average PGA event. Wedge shots to 10 feet or closer will be a huge advantage this week.
- Scrambling: With the fairways being tree lined, guys aren’t always going to be able to get on the green with their approach shots. This is where I’ll be looking at solid scramblers who can save Par and not lose strokes on the field. A missed green here won’t be the end of the world but the greens are tricky enough that getting the ball close with the short game is going to be important.
- Putting from 5-10 Feet (focus on poa): I mentioned above that the 3 putt % here last year was higher than average so I’ll be looking a little bit at putting, specifically from 5 to 10 feet. This is the range a lot of birdie chances and par saves will come from. I’ll be looking for guys who can knock these home, gain some strokes on the field and move up the leader board.
Core Fore: More detail to come on Wednesday but these are the guys I will be building most of my lineups around.
- John Rahm
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Paul Casey
- Adam Hadwin