Golf Glance: D.J. defends, Rory chasing ‘WGC Slam’

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST WEEK: The Genesis Invitational (Adam Scott)

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THIS WEEK: WGC-Mexico Championship, Feb. 20-23
Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico (Par 71, 7,345 yards)
Purse: $10.5 million (Winner: $1.82 million)
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson
FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-7 p.m. (NBC)

NOTES: This is a no-cut event. … Mexico’s first representative in the Presidents Cup, Abraham Ancer enters this week ranked No. 29 in the world. He was No. 260 entering the event two years ago and No. 61 in 2019. … The lowest elevation of the golf course is 7,603 feet above sea level, with the highest being 7,835 feet. … World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is attempting to join Johnson as the only players to win all four WGC titles in a career, dubbed the “WGC Slam.” … Johnson is seeking to become the first player to successfully defend at the event since Tiger Woods from 2005-07. … The field includes 42 of the top 50 players in the world rankings. … Jordan Spieth earned a last spot in the field by rising to No. 49 in the rankings following a tie for ninth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.


LAST WEEK: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (Inbee Park)
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Volvik Founders Cup, Phoenix, March 19-22

Champions Tour

LAST WEEK: Chubb Classic (Scott Parel)
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Cologuard Classic, Tucson, Ariz., Feb 28-March 1

–Derek Harper (DerekAHarper), Field Level Media

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