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Marquee Group – WGC Mexico Championship

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Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlory and Hideki Matsuyama 12:36 P.M. off No. 10 (Thurs.) 1:53 P.M. No. 1 (Fri)

The World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship features 49 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, so there are obviously multiple “marquee groups” to watch for, but the pairing of the No. 1 player in the world, with a former No. 1 who is returning from injury and the No. 1 player in the FedEx Cup standings stood out above the rest.

This week will be Johnson‘s first start in the world ranking’s top spot off his win at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

Matsuyama missed the cut at Genesis Open, but recently won the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the second consecutive year. With two wins already this season on the PGA Tour, Matsuyama leads the FedEx Cup by 70 points over Justin Thomas.

McIlory will be playing for the first time on the PGA Tour since winning the TOUR Championship last fall on his way to capturing the 2016 FedEx Cup championship. He hasn’t played anywhere since losing in a playoff to Graeme Storm in a playoff at the BMW SA Open in January due to a stress fracture in his rib cage (not counting his highly publicized round with President Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach).

This week’s WGC Mexcio Championship was previously contested at Trump National Doral in Miami (this is the first time the PGA Tour will not have an event at Doral since 1961) and moved to its new venue, Club de Golf Chapultepec outside of Mexico City for this year’s tournament. The course opened in 1921 and regularly played host to the Mexican Open from 1944-1960.

One major thing about this 7,330-yard par 71 course that will come into play is the altitude, which is 7,780 feet above sea level (50% higher than Denver) according to GolfDigest.com.

Watching Johnson and McIlroy smashing their drivers in this altitude will be worth the price of admission itself.

Golf Channel has live coverage Thursday and Friday and early coverage on the weekend. NBC has live coverage on Saturday and Sunday. PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com will have coverage all four days.

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