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@PGATourBrunch Previews First Round of Mexico Open
Mexico Open at Vidanta | Tournament Preview
VALLARTA, México - Ten players from Mexico are in the field at today’s 2022 Mexico Open at Vidanta, the most of any PGA Tour event on record (1983-present). That list includes both active Tour members from Mexico such as Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, and sponsor exemptions like Isidro Benitez, Santiago De la Fuente,* Roberto Diaz, Armando Favela, Manuel Inman*, Jose Cristobal Islas,* Alvaro Ortiz and Jose Antonio Safa* with (* designating a PGA Tour debut). Alvaro Ortiz, brother of Carlos, won the Mexico Open in 2021 as a PGA Tour Latinoamerica member and currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour. The Ortiz brothers have competed in the same PGA Tour event six times, most recently at the 2021 U.S. Open (both MC).
There are six players in the field that have won PGA Tour events in Mexico, including Patrick Reed, who won the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship, and five winners of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba (Johnson Wagner/2011, John Huh/2012, Graeme McDowell/2015, Pat Perez/2016 and Brendon Todd/2019).
Mexico Open | Tournament Facts
COURSE: Vidanta Vallarta near Puerto Vallarta, México
ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2015)
YARDS/PAR: 7,456 yards/Par 71
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $7,300,000/$1,314,000
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: New event on Tour schedule
FEDEx CUP Points to Winner: 500
TV COVERAGE: The first two rounds (today and April 29) are scheduled for coverage from 3:30pm to 6:30pm (ET) on Golf Channel. On Saturday and Sunday, coverage is set for 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00 to 6:00pm (ET) on CBS.
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING on ESPN+: Streaming coverage will be featured on ESPN-Plus today and Friday with Main Feed, Featured Hole and Featured Groups from 8:45am to 6:30pm (ET). Weekend times include ESPN+ streaming from 8:30am to 6:00pm (ET). All times (ET).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: SiriusXM Radio will have live radio coverage of the Mexico Open with today’s and Friday’s broadcasts from 1:00pm to 6:30pm (ET). Saturday and Sunday coverage on Sirius XM Radio runs from 1:00 to 6:00pm (ET) or completion of event. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92 or online via PGATourCom.
VALLARTA: Local time is Central time, one hour behind Eastern Daylight time.
Mexico Open | The Basics:
Mexico Open Tee Times start today at 8:45am (ET) and go to 3:46pm (ET).
Local time is Central time.
Weather: Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and 75-degree weather. Winds blowing at 13 mph and 70% humidity but 0% chance of rain.
Tournament Web Site: (link)
FedEx Cup Standings: (link)
PGA Tour Brunch will post before 8:45am (ET) on Friday.
Next Week: Wells Fargo Championship
Mexico Open - Field, Tee Times and Leaderboard:
The Field: (link)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout WD - Fabian Gomez (in)
Charley Hoffman WD - Ben Crane (in)
Daniel Berger WD (back injury); Grayson Murray (in on his number); Arjun Atwal (in)
Nick Hardy WD - Richard S. Johnson (in)
Kevin Chappell WD - Derek Ernst (in)
Brian Davis (withdrew his name from alternate list)
Tee Times: (link)
What They’re Saying:
“Huge” For Mexican Golf (Golf Week/USA Today)
Mexico Open Photo Gallery (Golf Week/USA Today)
FedExCup Standings (PGATourCom)
Sports Gambling, and Golf Industry News:
Expert Picks at Mexico Open (PGATourCom)
Sleeper Picks at Mexico (PGATourCom)
St. Andrews Expects Record Crowd at The Open (Associated Press/ESPN)
JR Smith: Academic Athlete of the Year at NC A&T (ESPNCom)
Dustin Johnson & Paulina Gretzky Married (Golf Digest)
On This Day in Golf History:
April 28, 1974 - Johnny Miller’s torrid streak of tournament victories continued as he won his fifth tournament of the 1974 season at the Tournament of Champions at LaCosta Resort in Carlsbad, California. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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