Thoughts and Takeaways from the WGC Mexico Championship
By Mark Morton on February 26, 2020
Club de Golf Chapultepec, near Mexico City, hosted the strongest field of the 2019-20 season and it turned into an old-fashioned shoot-out with Patrick Reed winning at -18. The top 8 finishers included 6 top 20 players from the current world golf rankings. It was easily the deepest field we've seen this year and the cream definitely rose to the top. As a World Golf Championship event, the tournament holds a lot of importance in terms of season-long awards so it's no surprise the best players teed it up. But the concentration of highly ranked players at the top of the final leaderboard might foreshadow just how competitive the 2020 majors will end up being.
Patrick Reed, all of his controversies notwithstanding, is an exciting and fiery competitor that is fun to watch. He does seems to run hot and cold, having missed 2 cuts and once finishing T51 in his last 7 starts. But in the same stretch he's had 4 top 6 finishes including this win in Mexico. So which Patrick Reed will show up for the 2020 majors? It remains to be seen but I expect much better than his 2019 major campaign which was very poor by his standards.
Bryson DeChambeau looked to have the tournament in control but his putting let him down over the last few holes and Reed was able to pass him with 4 birdies on the back 9. DeChambeau, with all his scientific quirks, is one heck of a talent and I look for him to improve his play in the 2020 majors after a very poor showing in 2019 where he failed to have a top 10 and missed the cut at both the PGA and Open Championship.
World #1 Rory McIlroy had his 6th consecutive top 5 finish, and although he started the final round with a flourish of birdies he wasn't able to catch up. It's been a great stretch for Rory, but as I wrote last week it still seems like he should win more given his talent.
A couple of other players that are looking like good dark-horse bets are Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith. Both have shown steady improvement, with Smith winning at the Sony and Ancer having a steady stream of top 15 finishes. Ancer is up 11 spots in the world rankings and Smith has risen 16 spots. Both are solidly in the world top 40 and look to be competitive throughout 2020.
So what are the takeaways from the WGC Mexico Championship? From my perspective it's that a lot of top players seem to be on their game, playing very well and competing solidly against the best fields. As we know the majors all have great fields, so I can't help but believe that the guys we are writing about will be huge factors from Augusta through Royal St George's. This could be the most competitive major championship season we've seen in a long time and I expect some great championships this year.
Stay with us and check back, our Augusta picks are coming up in late March!