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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Mexico Open

Twofer Tuesday heads south of the border for Vallarta, Mexico and the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

The Norman Signature Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

This is a new event... sort of. You see, this isn't the first time that the Mexico Open has been a PGA Tour event; it just hasn't been on the PGA Tour proper. This bit from the event's Power Rankings page should make things a little clearer:

When it was announced in early November that the new PGA TOUR event planned in Mexico would be the Mexico Open at Vidanta, it brought the history of the country’s national championship full circle. The first Mexico Open was contested in 1944 at Club de Golf Chapultepec, which hosted the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship from 2017-2020. The Mexico Open would join the sanctioned ranks of the PGA TOUR as a then-Web.com Tour event from 2008-2012. It then transitioned into an annual stop on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2013 and extended through 2021.

This time around it's the Norman Signature Golf Course at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort serving as the host venue. Interestingly enough, although we're used to seeing Mexican courses with some serious altitude, Vidanta Vallarta is right at sea level. It's a par-71 and it can play up to 7456 yards. The fairways are wide but the greens are surrounded by deep bunkers. And if that wasn't enough, there's a lot of water in play -- for example, there are five par-3s and four of them play over water.

Looks like Greg Norman will continue to give players trouble this week!

I did my research differently after last week's debacle, and only one of my picks is in the Power Rankings for the event. The stats I used this time around are Driving Accuracy, GIR, Scoring Average and -- very important this week -- Sand Save Percentage. We'll see if I have any better luck.

  • My first pick is Kevin Na
  • My other pick is Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3:30pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streams begin at 8:45am ET and you can get all the times for their various streams on this page. Let's see how the pros fare at a sea level Mexican course!

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