The Mexico Open originates from the Mexican Golf Open, which dates back to 1944. The tournament is considered Mexico’s national championship. The 2022 edition will feature on the PGA Tour schedule for the first time as an official FedEx Cup event.
The Mexico Open takes over from the WGC Mexico Championship on the PGA Tour schedule as the WGC event is no longer being held. The Signature Course at Vidanta Vallarta, Mexico will play host to the tournament.
The Signature Course at Vidanta Vallarta was designed by Greg Norman and opened for play in 2016. The Par 71 championship course can extend to 7,456 yards from the back pegs. The course extends along the Ameca River with spectacular views of the Sierra Madre mountains.
The course has generous landing areas with sandy waste areas and numerous water hazards to capture wayward shots. The large green complexes are fast with plenty of subtle breaks and undulation. Many of the Paspalum greens are well protected by bunkers and surrounded by tricky collection areas.
“When designing this course, respecting and promoting the conservation of ecologically sensitive areas was of primary concern. As a result, routing was dictated by nature, according to dense vegetation corridors, streams and wetlands”
The Par 71 course features 5 Par 3’s, 9 Par 4’s and 4 Par 5’s. On the face of it, the layout will present a variety of challenges from short Par 4s such as the drivable 7th (297 yards) to the Par 4 16th that tops out at 505 yards.
The stock Par 5’s range in length from the 548 yard 18th hole to the 637 yards 12th hole. The Par 3’s also offer a number of different looks. Three of the Par 3’s are 195+ yards and on paper look to offer a proper test.
There are 50+ bunkers scattered throughout the course. Some are located in strategic positions and staggered to create angles into some green complexes. When the wind blows accuracy becomes important and hitting greens in regulation will no doubt become a challenge.
Some of the fairways twist and turn at odd distances and angles, so long hitters could risk driving through fairways on several holes. Placement, rather than distance, will be key. A variety of approach shots will be required to find the tricky green complexes.
Like with all new courses introduced into the PGA Tour rota it is hard to find an angle in. The ‘go-to‘ statistic for newbie courses is Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green which continues to highlight the best golfing talent on Tour. Its value is amplified when unfamiliar greens serve as the targets.
While putting would normally be at a premium, the ‘unfamiliarity-factor’ and new sightlines will test all aspects of a player’s game.
The layout looks to be a solid all-round test of golf and in particular players will need to putt and scramble well. Expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting and a low scoring average on the stock Par 5s.
Mexico Open Tips
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