2019 WGC Mexico Championship Sleeper Picks

Mexico Championship Sleeper PicksThe top PGA Tour and European golfers in the world head down over the wall to Mexico City for the WGC Mexico Championship. Played at Club de Golf Chapultepec this is still a relatively new tournament on the schedule so we only have a couple of years of stats and history to go on for scoping out what are the best fantasy golf picks and more importantly best sleeper picks for the WGC Mexico Championship.

Club de Golf Chapultepec has two important features: it is heavily tree-lined and that it sits at an elevation of between 7,603 and 7,835 feet above sea level. This course is the highest course played on the PGA Tour so with the high altitude at Chapultepec, the yardage of 7,330 will play considerably shorter and with low humidity, the course will play about 10% shorter, so we are talking about the course playing like it was only 6,600 yards long.

Keep in mind, this is a small field no cut event so if you are looking for sleeper picks, any guy you take will play all four rounds unless he WD’s but that doesn’t mean you want to pick the cheapest guy on the board for your salary cap lineup since shooting bogeys or worse won’t help you win your DFS contests… and could lose them for you. For sleepers, target players who score well at the DFS site you are playing (DraftKings, FanDuel, FantasyDraft) and their fantasy golf scoring format. Since most of the current top 50 players in the world are competing this week the field is very strong so you may want to focus more on GPP’s instead of cash games.

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WGC - Mexico Championship Golf Course

Club de Golf Chapultepec par 71 - 7,330 yards

As we’ve mentioned, the World Golf Championship Mexico Championship Golf Course Club de Golf Chapultepec is a long course but because of the high altitude top distance drivers in the field have to club down on certain holes. This evens out the golf course for short hitters but there is still an advantage for the bombers who then have a shorter 2nd shot into the greens. Instead of drivers, irons and hybrids help players with accuracy which is needed to stay in the middle of the fairway and avoid the trees. In short, the high elevation helps players overpower the course, but many of the holes are doglegs lined by trees so they can’t overpower every hole.

This also means you can avoid staring at driving distance and driving accuracy stats and focus on some of the other ones.

The greens are Poa annua grass which means you can see how guys played recently on the west coast to see who handled them well and who had trouble. Not all PGA Tour pros love to putt on the Poa annua grass so that can help in making your final lineups. Look at the Strokes gained Putting stats since the greens average 6,200 square feet, which is pretty average on the PGA Tour so looking for guys that putt well and can pick up shots on the green is important especially with the bumpy Poa Annua greens. Last year Phil was third in strokes gained putting and was perfect from with 5 feet and 94% from within 10 feet putting. Remember, with Poa annua greens if it’s sunny and hot for a stretch the grass will grow inconsistent and become very bumpy. Conversely, if there happens to be a wet stretch leading up to the WGC Mexico Championship it could make the putting a bit easier.

Strokes gained tee to green is a good stat to focus on too. Dustin Johnson won the first tournament in Mexico and led the field in strokes gained tee to green and was fifth in strokes gained putting

Coincidentally both DJ and Phil can hit the ball long. They both proved that if you hit it long, land in the fairways and have a solid second wedge into the hole…chances are you will be hoisting the trophy on Sunday.

Par 4 and Par 5 scoring stats are ones to look into. There are drivable par 4’s and reachable in two par 5’s but they are pretty long so looking for who can take advantage and make birdies and eagles is important. Chapultepec’s three Par 5’s are easier for the longer hitters and offer up the best scoring chances. The Par 4’s will need solid wedge or short iron approaches so look for players who have been hot with the short sticks this season.

Birdie or Better percentage (BOB%) is worth looking at as a stat since the trees will force guys to chip out when they get caught up off the fairway. You can probably add scrambling stats to this but with a short field and golfers playing all four rounds you want guys that can find the birdies, even if they are going to get some bogies or doubles along the way.

Key Stats Summary for the WGC Mexico Championship

Strokes Gained Tee to Green

Birdie or Better %

Total Driving

Strokes Gained Approach

Par 4 Scoring

Par 5 Scoring

Strokes gained Putting

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2019 Mexico Championship Fantasy Golf Sleeper Picks

Emiliano Grillo - He's not lighting up the greens but he is 8 for 8 in cuts made this year and a cheap price this week at DraftKings at $6,900 for your salary cap lineup. Looking at the player's salaries this week, Grillo is one sleeper pick name that stands out for me.

Byeong Hun An - An was a late addition to the field but played well two weeks ago at the Phoenix Open finishing in 20th. His only appearance in Mexico he finished in 48th two years ago. He isn't the cheapest salary cap pick this week and a bit of a longshot given he only found out a couple of days ago that he'd be playing but he is having a good year and could play with a care free nothing to lose attitude this week.

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