4 top-10 gamers skipping WGC-Mexico, however why?
LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods isn’t the one massive identify skipping subsequent week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.
World No. 2 Brooks Koepka isn’t making the journey to Mexico Metropolis, both. Identical with sixth-ranked Patrick Cantlay and 10th-ranked Justin Rose. Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson are additionally choosing every week off moderately than a limited-field, no-cut match that provides assured world rating, FedExCup and Olympic factors.
BY Ryan Lavner
— February 14, 2020 at 9:30 PM
Tiger Woods threw a curveball when he opted to forego subsequent week’s WGC-Mexico Championship, however what does it imply about his aspirations for the season?
Woods didn’t supply any reason why he received’t tee it up within the first WGC occasion of 2020, a spot the place he tied for 10th final yr however completed 13 pictures off the lead. He stated all week (and reiterated once more Friday afternoon) that he hadn’t but decided, then merely let the dedication deadline go with none assertion. His no-show is essentially the most curious – particularly in an Olympic yr – however load administration is a much bigger subject for the 44-year-old Woods than most.
For the remainder of the skipping stars, it’s price providing some context.
Koepka’s file at Membership de Golf Chapultepec is dismal: No end higher than 27th in two appearances, and he’s enjoying the next week at his hometown Honda Basic.
Fowler has by no means cracked the highest 15 there, both, and as a previous champion he’s additionally signed up for Honda, along with Bay Hill and The Gamers.
Rose? By no means higher than 37th, and he skipped in 2019, too.
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Stenson? A tie for 54th final yr, after a no-show in 2018.
Day? By no means performed the WGC-Mexico, and maybe by no means will.
Cantlay completed sixth there final yr (11 pictures again) however now will doubtless sit out till The Gamers. A message together with his administration staff asking for a proof wasn’t instantly returned.
A unusual course that performs 7,500 toes above sea degree clearly isn’t for everybody, nor does it fall throughout a great time within the schedule. This week’s Genesis Invitational featured 9 of the highest 10 gamers on the planet – the strongest non-major and non-WGC/Gamers subject since 2007 – and plenty of prime gamers want to get in a begin in Florida earlier than heading north to The Gamers.
That provides as much as a WGC with out seven prime gamers.