2019 WGC Mexico Fantasy Sleeper Report
When the hot topic of the day on social media is slow play, you can rest assured that J.B Holmes or Kevin Na are going well in a PGA TOUR event.
That was certainly the case on Sunday when the former created a storm of apoplectic rage from the Twitter collective for his admittedly infuriatingly slow play at the Genesis Open.
But then, with $1.3m on the line, you can perhaps forgive him for taking his time over his shots.
Of course, golf is a sport that could do with a boost in popularity, so Holmes taking 90 seconds or more to weigh up a 30-yard chip hardly enhances the game’s profile.
J.B. Holmes celebrates on the 18th green during the final round of Genesis Open on February 17 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Either way, he’s a whole bunch richer now and, quite probably, won’t care less what the masses think of him. And, you might say, why he should he if the PGA’s rule-makers are going to do anything to stamp out slow play.
Enough of that, and on to this week’s action at the WGC-Mexico Championship. This is the first WGC event of the year, with a carefully curated field of approximately 72 men set to battle it out for a rather hefty payday under the sun.
You may recall two years ago when a number of players in the field were laid low with upset stomachs, and while the select few might not have fond memories of this tournament that’s a shame because the host venue is an absolute cracker.
When you think of Mexico you don’t necessarily automatically think of lush green landscapes and thick tree lines, but that’s exactly what Club de Golf Chapultepec has in store for the players this week.
Luckily, missing the odd fairway here and there didn’t stop Phil Mickelson winning here 12 months ago; that was his first PGA TOUR title in approaching five years, an he did so after scrambling his way around the back nine on Sunday like a man possessed.
Two other strings to Lefty’s bow helped. Firstly, he seems to love putting on this grainy Poa/Bentgrass mix greens, given that he has now ranked second and third for Strokes Gained: Putting in his last two trips.
Secondly, his experience in playing in altitude has been a real help. Club de Golf Chapultepec is situated some 7,500ft above sea level, which makes holding onto fairways difficult with balls travelling in the region of 8% longer. Phil’s veteran status has clearly helped him in applying the maths….perhaps Bryson DeChambeau’s analytical mind will help him to victory this week (or he might over-think everything and spontaneously combust).
After the horrendous weather conditions that the West Coast has served up in recent weeks, it will be great to see the best golfers in the business stake to an aesthetically-pleasing golf course with the sun shining down.
With all of the above in mind, here are our sleeper picks for the WGC-Mexico Championship.
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