The world’s best head to Mexico City this week for the World Golf Championship to cut the ribbon on the race to Augusta. With all that’s happened already this season, now is a great time to get excited about what’s to come this year.
The winners’ age on the PGA Tour in 2017 all have begun with a ‘2’.
Dustin Johnson has just become the 20th World Number One.
And… there is only 33 days until the Masters.
Ahead of all the Magnolia Lane madness to come, let’s take a snapshot of where the world of golf is at the moment.
I trust Butch Harmon when he eulogises about specific players.
He was right about Jimmy Walker – when those on the eastern half of the pond didn’t know who he was – before winning the PGA Championship. He was right about Justin Thomas – who went from social media phenomenon on #SB2K16 – to then going on a white-hot streak earlier this year by going back-to-back in Hawaii.
So when he said that DJ would become the Number #1 player in the world, on that fateful Sunday at Chambers Bay two years ago, I listened.
Having his first child has given him a sense of responsibility that has funneled into his golf game. Now there is no complacency, when he is on the course, he is there to win the Golf Tournament.
The South Carolinian is favourite for a reason, and surely will be there come Sunday afternoon.
It was intensely frustrating for the Northern Irishman to learn of a seven week layoff thanks to a stress fracture in his ribs after almost winning down in South Africa.
Listening to Rory’s press conference – broadcasted on Facebook live (PGA Tour 1 up) – it was interesting to hear that he felt something twinge on Friday in South Africa. However, he felt he would be letting “certain people down” if he were to pull out, namely Ernie Els.
Thankfully he is now back up to full swing speeds and was hitting 8 irons, 210 yards in practice at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
Yep, that’s right. Due to the course being 7,780 feet above sea level, balls are flying far.
So Rory is back, hungry and healthy. He’s got to win right?
Never had my flabber been so completely ghasted, as when watching Jordan demolish Pebble Beach earlier in the season.
Cruise control was an understatement as the young Texan waltzed his way to his ninth victory at the ripe of age of 23. The Masters must surely now be on his mind after the horror of… (don’t mention Amen Corner).
With distance not being a factor due to the altitude, precision will be what is rewarded with good scores.
The way Jordan is beginning to roll his rock at the moment, he must be in the favourite bracket as well.
Then there is the others…
Henrik, Hideki, Rickie, Adam.
All of these guys are capable of coming through and dominating this week. So much so that there may be more of a case of the chasing pack being favourite this week than my leading trio above.
WGC events have a habit of producing some special performances. Think Matsuyama winning by 7 last year and Bubba the year before holing that outrageous bunker shot on the 72nd.
If we have anything close to those moments, the PGA Tour and their new Mexican Amigos will have plenty to smile about.