Rory McIlroy's return headlines WGC-Mexico Championship

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Rory McIlroy's return headlines WGC-Mexico Championship

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Rory McIlroy's return headlines WGC-Mexico Championship

 

This week on the PGA Tour: the WGC-Mexico Championship.

  • Where: Par-71, 7,330-yard Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City
  • When: Thursday-Sunday
  • Who: 77 players; no cut
  • Why: $9,750,000 purse; $1,660,000, plus 550 FedEx Cup points, to the winner

On the tee: This week’s top 5 storylines

RORS IS BACK: Rory McIlroy returns this week after a six-week absence. McIlroy last played in the BMW SA Open in January. He lost in a playoff in the event, but had to fight through a rib injury to do so. He was later diagnosed with a stress fracture in the rib. He returned to the golf course two weekends ago as he played a round down in South Florida with President Trump.

WORLD NO. 1: Dustin Johnson will play his first tournament at World No. 1 this week. Johnson didn’t tee it up last week at Honda, taking a week off following his victory at Riviera. Johnson has won twice and cracked the top 8 six other times in his last 10 worldwide starts. Oh, and he and fiancee Paulina Gretzky found out the gender of their second child last weekend – it’s a boy!

HELLO, MEXICO CITY: It was a good run, but Trump National Doral (Fla.) is no longer this tournament’s host course (Doral began hosting this specific event in 2007). In fact, this year marks the first time since 1962 that the PGA Tour will not visit the Miami area. So instead it’s off to Mexico where Club de Golf Chapultepec will take the reins. The Mexico City course is set at high altitude and has a much different look than Doral did. It’s tree-lined fairways will penalize wayward tee balls, and the greens are super fast, as well, according to Bubba Watson.

WHERE’S JASON? No, you’re not missing anything: Jason Day is not in the field this week. The World No. 2, who hasn’t played since a T-64 two weeks ago at Riviera, withdrew from this week’s event in Mexico because of a double ear infection and the flu.

OTHERS TO WATCH: There’s no shortage of star-power this week in Mexico. Yes, Jason Day isn’t in attendance, but the rest of the world’s top 50 is, including Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson. The highest-ranked player besides Day who isn’t here? No. 53 Shane Lowry.

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