Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Mexico
7,330 yards – Par 71 – Poa Annua Greens
Course Architect: Willie and Alex Smith (1921) ; Resign by Percy Clifford (1972)
Strength of Field Rating: ~500+ OWGR … Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~59% … Harder Fairways to Hit
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~65% … Easier-than-Average Greens to Hit
2018: Phil Mickelson -18 over Justin Thomas in a playoff
2017: Dustin Johnson -14 over Tommy Fleetwood -13
2018: Shubhankar Sharma -13
2017: Justin Thomas -12
2018: Shubhankar Sharma -11
2017: Rory McIlroy -9
2018: Louis Oosthuizen -7
2017: Ross Fisher, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Jon Rahm, Jimmy Walker, Lee Westwood -4
Important Interview Quotes
Q. Phil, bogey-free 65, only 24 putts. What’s the key to getting around this golf course?
PHIL MICKELSON: The key for me is missing it in the right spots. There’s like five or six fairways where half the fairway blocks you out so you’re better off in the rough on the opposite side. The first round I made a mistake on the 14th hole and I missed in the left rough, the one place you can’t miss, and I made double. So if you find me in that fairway again, I’ve miss-hit it. I’m trying to play to the right. There’s a lot of holes like that where if you put it in the right spot, you have a pretty good angle for shots in and you can go low. -2018
Q. Todd Lewis made a great point over on Golf Channel in the early part of your round; one of the reasons you’re familiar with this golf course and perhaps like it so much is because of the kikuyu grass, the familiarity you have with the surfaces here, or is that something that’s a little overblown?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, certainly I grew up playing kikuyu and poa annua greens, but the difference for me is I didn’t play Honda last week. I went from L.A. to here, so I had this continuity or consistency. I like all different grasses, they force you to hit different types of shots. What I love about kikuyu is that you have to fly the ball on the green, around the green, you can’t land it short. That’s the way I like to chip anyways, and I love how the ball sits up in kikuyu so you can get the wedge underneath it. On some of these Bermuda fairways and some of the bent that we play, they’re shaving it so tight you can’t get the leading edge of a wedge underneath it, so you’re putting it or you’re bumping it or you have to play a full flop. Here it’s just basic chip shots, so it feels very comfortable. -2018
Q. Phil, you won the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills also at altitude. What is it about playing at altitude that agrees with you?
PHIL MICKELSON: There’s no great mathematical formula because the percentages will vary based on how you hit it, how high, how hard, how much spin you put on it is going to increase the percentage as opposed to some of the lower shots. But most of the guys have adjusted pretty easily this week because everybody’s got that radar TrackMan that shows them how far the ball’s flying with each club, so it’s been much easier for the field to adjust this week because of technology. In the past I would just have to go out and map out each iron shot and go through the entire bag and figure it out. -2018
Q. Can you touch on coming straight from L.A., playing on similar grasses?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, coming from L.A. not playing at Honda and having to adjust to the bermuda and the different lies with the irons and different greens, I think had more continuity for me coming here. Certainly I like those grasses, I grew up with them, but I also spent a lot of time on bermuda and bent, too. It’s not that it matters, but the biggest thing for me about kikuyu is that when you chip, you have to fly the ball on the green, you really can’t land it short because it grabs the ball, it won’t skid through. I like chipping that way.
Also, the ball sits up in kikuyu and so I can get a wedge underneath it. So many times I have to putt from off the greens because the lies are so tight you can’t get the leading edge of a wedge underneath it, and here you can. So my wedge play’s been a big factor these last two days. It wasn’t great Thursday, but it was really good the last two days. -2018
JON RAHM: Bittersweet feeling. I guess started the week pretty well, feeling good, 4-under par, solid round, and just allergies and just not feeling good, it didn’t let me really focus. Not to make an excuse, my golfing wasn’t there either. I just struggled to shoot close to par rounds. I’m just glad I actually ended up shooting under par on the last three days because it just looked horrible. I’m happy to even shoot even par, 1 under the last two rounds.
Today was probably the best day of the three, but still a lot of stupid mistakes. It’s hard for me to focus. A lot of mental mistakes. When the body physically is not there, it’s hard to do. I’m just hoping I get better the next few weeks and I’m more fresh for the Match Play. -2018
Q. You played well here last year. Is this a golf course you feel like you can be aggressive on?
RAFA CABRERA BELLO: I started good last year, didn’t play that good, I think I finished mid 30s, something like that. I mean, I think it’s a golf course that suits — I mean that you need to drive it good. If you’re in play, you won’t get away with hitting too wide off the tee. But I think the biggest challenge for all of us is judging the altitude. I mean this year I feel the greens are a bit softer and makes it easier because you don’t need to gamble with how much it’s going to bounce on the green. I feel like that has helped me a little bit. I tend to have a slightly lower ball flight into this than some of the other guys, so here with the air being so light, it’s hard for me to really hit long irons up high to stop it quickly, so the greens being a little softer helps with that. -2018
Q. Looking at how small these greens are, does that kind of feed into your ball-striking? Your stats for the week are very, very good.
SERGIO GARCIA: Well, it’s the kind of golf courses I like. You know, Valderrama is my favorite golf course, small greens. Sawgrass, one of my favorite golf courses, small greens. So I do like these kind of courses better, and when it gets a bit firmer like it’s getting and a bit more challenging, I do feel — even though it’s not easy, I do feel a bit more comfortable. I feel like my ball-striking can do most of the talking, that’s what I was able to do today. -2018
Q. Your first WGC Mexico Championship, first time to see this golf course, there’s a lot of risk and reward out there, what is the game plan that’s worked so well?
XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I feel like it’s on the safer side, a lot of 4-irons off tees. I see a lot of guys hitting drivers everywhere, but we’ve sort of stuck to hitting some irons here and there. A few drivers, but overall I would say on the safer side. Not too many birdies, but no bogeys. -2018
Q. It’s a golf course where a lot of shorter hitters will come and lick their lips. We talk of Dustin Johnson, we talk of muscling a golf course. How proud are you of being able to play a golf course like this, sort of massage your way around and match those shorter hitters?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: I mean, I like every golf course as long as it suits my eye, but this one I hit a lot of irons off the tees, which is fine. But there’s a few holes where I can hit driver and take advantage of it. You know, on 2 today I hit a great drive that went just over the green in two — I mean off the tee, missed a short putt for birdie. So there are some holes where I can get it down there and take advantage of my length, but a lot of times just hitting
irons, trying to place it in one side or the other in the fairway. -2018
Q. In terms of what your strengths have been, 10 fairways both days, how important is the driving around this golf course?
XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I feel like it’s crucial. With altitude, you can hit driver anywhere and you’ll leave yourself a short pitch, but it also brings some trees into play. I feel like we’ve been in a lot of fairways, like you mentioned, and I feel like we’ve been able to attack some pins. -2018
Q. Conditions of the course today, how was the course?
RICKIE FOWLER: The course is good. It’s a little softer than last year. I think the fairways and the greens were a bit firmer. Tee to green the course is in great shape. The greens are, they’re in good shape. Unfortunately, they’re a bit bumpy, so you see a lot of guys missing putts. It’s hard to make putts on them, but everyone’s playing the greens, the same ones. Yeah, try and leave a close tap-in if you end up missing putts because you don’t want to have a whole lot coming back. -2018
Q. A lot of the guys last year struggled with the altitude. You’re of course making that adaptation, but with your victory at Joburg, it’s obviously a course and a condition that you’re very comfortable with?
SHUBHANKAR SHARMA: I guess it’s easier because obviously Joburg, the ball was flying longer there as well. But this is obviously a lot more elevation than Joburg so there are a few changes that we had to make, but we got three days and I think I adjusted pretty well. -2018
Q. We are with Rickie Fowler. You said PGA National was a course that demanded full attention. Where does Chapultepec stands in terms of attention?
RICKIE FOWLER: This golf course definitely demands your attention. It’s fairly narrow off the tee. You want to make sure if you do miss, you miss on the proper side. And then dealing with altitude and the adjustment to converting numbers over and trusting that you are hitting the right club from a certain yardage, yeah, it definitely demands your attention at all times. It’s a fun course to play because it is — it’s different in a way, we don’t hit a whole
lot of drivers. You’re able to hit a number of different clubs off the tees, some good par 3s out here, so nice to get off to a good start. -2018
Q. When you came over here I was already to go for the big, “Oh, well, playing at altitude, you’ve won so many times doing that, big advantage.” You’re telling me you actually haven’t done that much, but you do have a huge amount of experience laying at altitude. How much does that count when you come to a challenge like his?
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: Yeah, you know, whenever we played up in Johannesburg or Sun City, it’s altitude and you know the ball’s going further. Here, it’s actually going a little further. But I’ve played in it before and it helps knowing what the ball does. -2018
JORDAN SPIETH: You know, it’s just the greens get bumpy. Sometimes you hit good putts and they miss. You’ve got to be really patient on poa annua. On these greens you have so many putts that are so straight because of the shelves that they can move either way. -2018
Q. But the actual golf course, not the elevation.
JON RAHM: Oh, the golf course? Well, I mean it’s traditional golf, right? It’s an old golf course, much like Colonial and other golf courses that are close to a hundred years old. They’re very similar to the style of golf we play in Spain. I love that. I love having tree lined, I love being able to take it over corners, take some risks, because you feel like on those courses, on holes like No. 4 if you’re able to cut across and get 30, 40 extra yards, you can get a huge advantage. So I love this kind of golf course. It’s pretty similar to what I grew up on. -2018
Q. You talked about being an aggressive player. With how far the golf ball goes here, is it going to bring out a little bit more aggressiveness in you?
JON RAHM: I love it. I mean, I went for the green on 1, went for the green on 2, hit over on 4. The only one I could have hit driver that I didn’t hit driver on was No. 10, and I kind of wished I would have today after that tee shot I had. But I’m always aggressive. If I can have a driver in my hand, I’m going to, and this is a course that allows to, but you know if you miss a shot you’re going to be penalized. Luckily, today I hit the ones that I hit. -2018
Q. Is this a golf course you feel you can be aggressive on and is it the same conditions as last year?
JORDAN SPIETH: I don’t know it it’s a golf course I feel like I can be aggressive on it. It’s one you just, like, you really have to plot your way. So each shot you have, you have to have a game plan, you have to stick to it ahead of time. Are you going to play more aggressive or are you going to play more conservative. That way you’re committing to what you’re doing. Some guys get out here and maybe they’re even par, playing conservative, they take out driver on a few holes and you go to a couple over, or the other way around, you know? You start dialing it back and then all of a sudden you’re trying to do too much. It’s tricky because of the altitude and the shape of the holes. You have to work the ball both ways off the tee with four or five different clubs in a round. So it’s unique, we don’t see it very often. -2018
Q. Justin, a lot of different theories about the altitude and how do you play for that, 10 percent, 15 percent? And then also, do you believe that it favors a long hitter? Obviously a long hitter won here last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it does favor them.
JUSTIN ROSE: I think it favors a high ball hitter really, whether it be a long hitter. If the ball’s in the air longer, it’s going further. So guys who can launch the ball higher making the most of the available altitude to give them that extra distance. So I think that’s probably more so than a long hitter. I think a high ball hitter. And last year the greens were quite firm, so getting the ball coming into the green a little bit softer is always important. I think this year just from what I can see from the outside looking in is the course looks a little softer, a little bit more grass out there right now, so that might be less of a factor this year. Clearly, Tommy Fleetwood hits the ball quite long. DJ, as you say, is a long hitter, won last year.
But it shouldn’t be a golf course that really suits the long hitter. I think it’s the kind of golf course that suits everybody and offers everybody the opportunity to play well. It’s very strategic, there’s a lot of wedges in hand for most of the field. Yeah, it’s about kind of just getting the ball in the hole this week. There doesn’t seem to be — just from memory, you can be aggressive, you can try and take it over tree lines occasionally. But if you’re on your own that works for a long hitter, but equally there’s a lot of risk with that as well. So game plan’s very important around here, but I think all types of players can find their way around the golf course. -2018
Q. You were talking about how difficult for you or last year was for you to putt here. What is your strategy to figure out the greens?
JUSTIN ROSE: No real strategy. I remember I arrived here and just struggled on the putting green even from day one. Today I spent a lot of extra time. First thing I did this morning was putt for an hour and a half. Had my putting coach out there, really set up the week from the word go. Put my emphasis on the putting green, putted really well, looking forward to it. They’re poa annua greens, we play them, we face them a lot, they’re nothing new or nothing that I shouldn’t be able to putt well on. So for me, no issue. Just maybe pay a bit — the greens break a lot here, for sure, so maybe just pay a bit more attention to that. Maybe I under-read them a bit last year, I think, and then maybe try and be more, you know, strategic with where I leave the ball on the green with my approach play. -2018
Q. When you look at the WGCs, I imagine you think you can win any of them, but does this one in particular stand out at all, because I remember you were sort of fighting your swing a little bit last year and you still had a pretty high finish?
JUSTIN THOMAS: Yeah, I played really well for what I had here last year, I think I putted pretty well, which is big, these greens can be difficult to read and to putt. Yeah, any tournament’s going to appeal to a player if they’re playing well type thing, if that makes sense. There’s times where I’ve gone to courses that I love, like Tampa last year, I loved Tampa and I played it this last year and I missed the cut. If you’re not playing well, it doesn’t matter how well you love the golf course, it’s going to be hard to play well. You know there’s an exception for some places like Augusta or wherever it may be to where if you have some control, you can always get it around because you know the right places to hit it and such like that.
But yeah, I like the course, it’s a fun little track. The course reminds me a lot of the Web events I played down in South America. I played well in some of those, so I kind of have hopefully those good vibes and just got to hopefully get some more this week. -2018
Q. You played nine holes yesterday, I believe. Narrow fairways, but how is the golf course a challenge for you and does it fit your eye?
HAOTONG LI: Actually, yeah, quite fit my eyes. Have lot of 3-iron off the tee and also have a lot of short iron in second shots. I think distance control is going to be important this week. -2018
Q. 7,000 feet above sea level, do you find a difference in this?
GAVIN GREEN: Well, I think it’s not so bad because where I went to school, it was about 5,000 feet. I’m actually kind of used to the ball going a little bit further. Having that obviously helps me and I trust it, I trust distance. It doesn’t really matter to me. Obviously it’s a difference from sea level, it takes a couple days to get used to it. But no, I think I’m comfortable with it and I think it kind of suits me pretty well. Dustin Johnson won here. That’s always a plus when we can go back and look at videos of what he’s done and on what hole and that kind of stuff. I think that’s a lot of things I can learn from that maybe. -2018
Q. DJ obviously won, but looking at the leaderboard, we see you and we see a lot of European players there. Is there anything about this course that suits a European player’s game?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: It is a very European layout. It’s sort of — last year it just reminded us of playing in Italy or some of the courses that we play. And it wasn’t just me that played well last year, there was a lot of Europeans up there, like you say. It just does, it just is a bit of a European layout, a bit of an old-school golf course and ones we’re kind of used to playing a little bit. It’s still different, it’s still a long way above sea level and the greens are a bit slopy than what we’re used to. So there are still differences that we don’t get but just the general feel of when you’re walking down the fairways and seeing the tee shots, it’s tree lined, that is quite a European feel to it. -2018
Q. You’ve had your practice round already on this golf course. How do you feel about it and does it fit your game?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT: Oh, this golf course is all depends on the calculate the distance because it’s really high altitude and it’s going to be a couple yards longer, which is really difficult to adjust. It’s not really consistent. It can be 20 percent longer, it can be 18, 15 or 10. Just you have to get into the shot, get into the feel how the ball’s going to go. The golf course is in great condition. Some holes you have to go for it, some holes you have to play easy, back off. But everyone going to have really similar game planning this week. -2018
Q. How many drivers did you hit today?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Not many. I hit one on the back and maybe two on the front, three drivers maybe. I hit on 2, I hit on 8 — I hit four drivers. That’s about as many as I’ll hit, though. -2017
Q. What was the toughest part about playing out here today?
SERGIO GARCIA: The elevation, definitely the elevation, personally. When you are not used to playing at this altitude it’s tough physically, your head hurts, your body doesn’t feel the same. You just try to get used to it as the days go by and you try to play the best you can. -2017
Q. Phil was just saying even though the ball’s going so far, you still can’t overpower it?
LEE WESTWOOD: You know what, it’s a great golf course. You’ve got to be really patient. It’s a pleasure to play a golf course where your caddie doesn’t hand you the driver walking off the previous green. You’ve got to put in a bit of thought on this golf course, try and hit fairways. It’s not just a tee-up-and-blast-it place. You’ve got to play to certain sections in the greens with flags. It’s a great test and I think whoever’s designed the golf course has done a great job. -2017
Q. Having seen the course in practice, did you go out with a different kind of strategy today for this course?
ROSS FISHER: No, same strategy as Tuesday, Wednesday, just put it in play. Didn’t hit many drivers because I don’t think you need to. The ball’s flying a long way. Even when you step on some of the holes, you look 580-yard par 4 but then you’re playing meters and some, so the majority of the time we were playing like 20 percent. So it made my caddie’s job very, very difficult. The caddy’s job this week is extremely difficult, especially for me because I hit the ball so high. Up in the air, sometimes it can be nearer 22 percent. So it’s challenging, but we did really well today, and like I say, 4 under, very, very pleased. -2017
Q. Playing in this part of the world, is it nice to play on this kind of course which is totally different to probably what you normally play these WGC events?
ROSS FISHER: Yeah, definitely, it’s just totally different. I guess we’re so used to a bomber’s paradise, hit driver everywhere, go find it, play again, whereas this is just old-school, it’s quirky. It’s got a feel of kind of Italy and Spain, like Valderrama, but then almost like some cities with the grass. It’s got a mixture. I really liked it. Probably doesn’t suit the way I play golf because I like to be aggressive and hit driver, but it certainly gives you the options. You know, you can hit driver but we discussed during the practice days, you hit driver quite a lot for the four rounds. Yes, you’re going to make a lot of birdies, but at the same time you could easily have double bogeys. So that’s why we tried to stay patient, hit the ball in the fairway, find the greens and try to make some putts. -2017
Q. Good day. Which is your biggest challenge in this course?
RORY McILROY: I think for a lot of guys it’s — well, I think there’s two things. It’s judging distances because that’s going to be real tough. I was hitting 8-irons today 210 yards. It’s so hard to get used to and trust in your mind that that club is going to hit the ball that far. It’s tough, sometimes you need to trust that a little bit. And then the greens, the greens are small but they’re quite fast, they’re undulating. I really think you need to be below the hole. If you’re below hole and you can leave your approach shots below the hole, you’ll have much better chance at holing putts and making birdies. So yeah, distance control and the greens this week are going to be very important. -2017
JORDAN SPIETH: It’s a beautiful place. As you drive in, it’s a fantastic clubhouse, great facilities. You know, it’s kind of a landlocked golf course and they’ve done an unbelievable job with the design to make you kind of really make you think. There’s very few courses I’ve seen that have this much risk-reward around it. So you’ll see guys that are hitting drivers versus other guys who are hitting 4-irons off the tee and that will happen multiple times throughout a round, so it’s going to be a bit tricky out there. Obviously there is a huge advantage if you do pull off those drives because you’re right in front of the greens. So I have yet to decide what my strategy is, but I might do a little bit of both. -2017
Q. I heard the greens are a little tricky. So how do you adjust on the fly?
JORDAN SPIETH: They’re very severe, which they kind of have to be on a course like this, otherwise it would be way too easy. But scores, I mean you look at somewhere around 14, 16 under is what I’m thinking here, which sounds low but really for a course where you have so many wedge opportunities, it really isn’t that low and that’s just because of the way the greens are. So also it’s a brand new course and we’re at altitude, so trusting it into tough hole locations, trusting your yardages and actually hitting them could make the scores be even — could be higher than that.
The greens are tricky, yeah. They’re poa annua as well, so you’ve got to have some patience because they’re going to get spiked up and one putt may do one thing and you may hit it again and it may do another. That’s just the style of grass it is. But we’ve been playing on the west coast, so we should be used to that by now. Speed control’s going to be very important. -2017
Q. What’s going to be the biggest challenge on this course?
JORDAN SPIETH: Really, I think discipline. I think discipline’s going to be the toughest. Taking chances when you really feel like you can and then dialing it back. I mean you can hit — you don’t have to hit a driver out here and you can hit all 18 greens. Greens-in-regulation’s going to be an important stat. Obviously if you do pull off — some of these holes are reachable or at least you can get just in front of the green with driver and if you pull them off, they’re going to be a chip and a putt for birdie. So it’s discipline, picking the right spots to be aggressive. Doesn’t have to be early and it really don’t even have to be late, it’s just a matter of kind of how you feel. If you feel really good with a driver, then it will lead to an advantage. -2017
Q. Is it reminiscent of Riviera?
JORDAN SPIETH: No, I don’t find it that similar. Same grass types, though. In that sense it’s pretty similar, but really different styles. Very narrow alleyways off the tees here, got to play balls a lot straighter. Riviera, you have some room to work it on a lot of those holes. -2017
PHIL MICKELSON: What’s so fun about this course and I think the reason I’ve really fallen for it so quickly is that you have alternate ways to play every hole. You can hit driver on every hole and with the altitude you can really try and overpower it. However, the trees are so thick and dense you don’t have a recovery shot. There are no openings so you have to hit in the fairway.
You can play conservative with irons, and based on where the pins on these greens which are so challenging and fast, you can play aggressive on some holes, conservative on others based on how you feel, and that’s like that on every single hole out here. It’s really a fun, exciting course to watch guys play and to watch them this weekend because we’ll play really very — we’ll have totally different strategies on this golf course. -2017
Q. How much of a learning curve was there to this golf course? I got the impression in the opening round everyone was still working with elevation change, altitude. Was it a more comfortable trip around the golf course today?
ANDY SULLIVAN: I think even the first day we were quite used to it. We’ve played quite a bit of golf in South Africa and obviously Switzerland where there’s a lot of altitude, so we sort of knew what we was doing in terms of the yardages. I think it’s a strategy, you know, trying to be aggressive but trying to play smart at the same time is quite tough because it does offer you holes where you can be aggressive, but again at the same time it’s a double weight at the end of it. So I think it’s an absolutely fantastic golf course. There’s so many different ways of playing it and I think it’s just a joy for the fans to watch . -2017
Q. Overall, how would you qualify this week in terms of the new course, the new tournament?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: I think definitely myself and the European guys that we talked to, we all love the course. It’s actually a very European course, so for us it was a good sign when we got here, I think, and it’s been a tough test. The course doesn’t play overly long and the best players in the world are here and 14 under’s been the winning total. I think most people appreciate that side of golf really. It’s just a different way of playing and I think the course has been great and the hospitality for everybody has been fantastic. I think you won’t find anybody who’s got a bad thing to say about this week. -2017
RICKIE FOWLER: Like I said, I’m excited about being down here. It is a different style of golf. It’s similar to Honda in a way, it’s still kind of placing your ball, and placing it around this golf course is not exactly bomb and gouge. But being on different surfaces, elevation, it is going to be play a little bit different. I’m excited about it, just trying to get rested up so we’re ready to go tomorrow. -2017
Q. Rickie, there’s a few trees out there. I was just wondering what your plan is having seen the course from the tees. Are you going to be mixing in very many drivers this week, a lot of long irons? What’s your strategy here?
RICKIE FOWLER: There’s only going to be a few drivers. For the most part I’m going to play fairly conservative off the tees. The big thing here is getting the ball in play. I think that’s kind of the strategy going forward, just trying to make it as simple as possible because there are a few trees and it’s pretty dense. It’s not like you can play many shots from the trees here. So I think first and foremost we’re just going to try and take the easiest approach off the tee, get the ball in play, and then there are a few holes out here that it allows you to play a little bit more aggressively. -2017
Q. Dustin, could you give a couple of examples of the difference in distances here?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah. I mean for me, you know, obviously I’ve got my TrackMan so I’ve been working with it, so it’s about 15 percent. If you hit just a normal stock shot, obviously it varies. If you flight it down or if you flight it up in the air, it goes further or shorter, just depending. But wedges, around 10 percent. As soon as you get to pitching wedge, 9-iron, it gets to 15 quickly, especially since it’s so — it’s nice and warm out. -2017
Q. Dustin, people say that this course looks very narrow from the tees and you’re obviously one of the bigger hitters out here. How much do you really anticipate
attacking this thing and trying to maybe drive a few of the par 4s?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Well, it is very narrow, tree-lined and the trees are, they go down pretty low to the ground. So if you hit it in the trees you’re not — unless — you’ve got to be on the right side of the hole, you’ve got to miss it on the right side because then you can kind of chase one up on the green. But if you miss them in the wrong spots, it’s very difficult to get it anywhere even close to the green. There’s a lot of chip-outs.
Yesterday I played the back nine, I hit 2-iron or less on every hole and hit driver on one par 5 on the — maybe 15, I think. But I’m going to go play the front here in a few minutes and it will probably be a lot of the same, a lot of irons off the tees just to keep it in play. -2017
Q. Maybe you should just take the driver out of the bag like Phil?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, I mean, I really could. I don’t need to hit it around here even to get to the par 5s. I can still get home hitting an iron off the tee. -2017
Located less than 10 miles from downtown Mexico City, Club de Golf Chapultepec is one of the country’s most popular courses. U.S. Open winner Willie Smith started work on the design during the Mexican Revolution and the course was completed in 1921. Since the inception of the Mexican Open in 1944, the golf course was the host venue 14 times prior to 1972 when Percy Clifford, the designer of dozens of Mexican golf courses, completely renovated the course. The course today bears little resemblance to the original layout, and instead provides a more challenging, playable, and modern design. After the renovation, the course hosted the Mexican Open and additional four times. One of the most memorable holes comes early on in the course. The fourth hole is a tricky par 4 that plays downhill and doglegs left. –World Golf
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