Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

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The first World Golf Championship event of 2017 is upon us.

The WGC-Mexico Championship debuts at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. This is the first time that this course has been played on either major tour, PGA or European. The par-71 course, which used to host the Mexican Open, will play at 7,330 yards.

Remember, elevation will play a major factor this week. Mexico City, at 7,349 feet above sea level, has the eighth highest altitude among the world’s capital cities.

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To help you with your fantasy-golf lineups, Golfweek’s Brentley Romine ranks his top 25 players in the field (world ranking in parentheses):

1. Dustin Johnson (1): Ready to go as World No. 1 after a week off following his win at the Genesis Open. Leads PGA Tour in strokes gained: off the tee, and it should be fun to see how far he’s hitting his driver in the elevation.

2. Henrik Stenson (5): Has played just twice in 2017, but also hasn’t finished worse than T-9 in last six worldwide starts. Dropped to fifth in the world this week, but don’t let that cloud your judgment. His 3-wood will go a long ways this week.

3. Hideki Matsuyama (4): Coming off a missed cut at Genesis Open, but he still has four wins in last eight starts. This course should suit his game.

4. Jordan Spieth (6): His T-22 at Riviera was his worst finish in his last 12 worldwide starts. During that span, Spieth has won twice.

5. Adam Scott (7): Continued his top-15 streak – now at seven straight events – with a T-14 at Honda. Ballstriking will come in handy this week especially.

6. Tyrell Hatton (17): Was in final group at Honda before finishing T-4, his eighth straight top 25 worldwide and sixth top 10 in his last eight starts. One of the hottest players in the world right now. A great one-and-done option this week.

7. Justin Rose (13): Straight off the tee and hits lots of greens. Third on PGA Tour in strokes gained: off the tee. Three top-4 finishes in his last four starts.

Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

8. Rory McIlroy (3): Returning from a rib injury, so expect some rust. Has shown ability, though, to play well when not at 100 percent.

9. Sergio Garcia (10): Driving it well, which he’ll need this week. T-14 at Honda was his sixth top-17 finish in his last seven starts.

10. Phil Mickelson (23): He is a quick study, which will give him an edge on a new course. Playing well, too, with six made cuts in as many starts this season to go along with five finishes of 22nd or better.

11. Rickie Fowler (9): Closed out a 54-hole lead for the win at Honda, though his swing got a little loose in that final round. Still, Fowler got the job done and should have plenty of confidence this week. The putter is looking good.

Gary Woodland (Getty Images)

Gary Woodland (Getty Images)

12. Gary Woodland (30): Really hitting it well and has a pair of runner-up finishes and two other top 6s in his last six starts.

13. Louis Oosthuizen (25): South African is used to elevation and his game is in good shape – T-21 at Honda followed fifth- and third-place finishes.

14. Francesco Molinari (32): Got back on track following MC at Riviera with a T-14 at Honda, his seventh finish in the top 14 in his last eight starts. Fourth on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy.

15. Jon Rahm (38): Young star has looked great just about every week he’s played. On a new golf course, it doesn’t matter that Rahm is a rookie. T-5, T-16 and a victory in last three starts – and he’s had two weeks off to rest. A good week to use Rahm in one-and-done games.

16. Martin Kaymer (45): Game really looks sharp and his T-4 at Honda moved him back into the world’s top 50.

17. Jimmy Walker (21): If he’s driving it well, he could do some damage here. T-21 and T-11 in the last two weeks.

18. Matt Kuchar (20): T-22 last time out at Riviera got Kuch back on track after MC at Pebble. Two top 10s in last three WGC starts.

Paul Casey

Paul Casey (Getty Images)

19. Paul Casey (16): His game is trending up and his T-11 at Honda was his best finish since a T-3 at Safeway. Was T-12 in the last WGC, the HSBC Champions last fall.

20. Patrick Reed (12): Has hit the top 10 just twice since the Ryder Cup, and both of those events were limited fields. This week is just that and Reed should raise his game playing against the world’s best.

21. Bill Haas (42): Ultra-consistent this season with nothing worse than a T-20 in six starts. T-4 at last fall’s WGC event in China.

22. Justin Thomas (8): He’s sliding with two missed cuts in his last three starts.

23. Bernd Wiesberger (36): Four top-4 finishes in his last six starts. Third last time out, in Malaysia.

24. Rafa Cabrera-Bello (26): Hasn’t been super straight off the tee this year and he hasn’t finished better than T-34 in his last two, but before that he had five straight top 25s, including a runner-up in Hong Kong. Had just one bad round at PGA National, a 74 in the final round.

25. Brandon Stone (69): Coming off finishes of T-7 and T-4, and the South African is used to the elevation.

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