This week's Mexico Open, originally scheduled for May 18-24, was postponed due to the outbreak of the H1N1 flu that was first identified in Mexico in March and April.
The last time a Nationwide Tour event was postponed and rescheduled was 2003 when the Henrico County Open was moved because of heavy rains in the Richmond, Va., area.
ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: This week's tournament will be played at the El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, located approximately 250 miles northeast of Mexico City. The course is a par-71 layout that stretches to 7,568 yards. Part of the adjustment for the players will be the altitude. The course sits approximately 7,200 feet above sea level.
BIG WIN FOR LYLE: Only three 2008 tournaments had wider victory margins than the Mexico Open. Jarrod Lyle's five-stroke victory over Matt Every in 2008 was only outdone by Marc Leishman's 11-stroke win at the WNB Golf Classic, Ewan Porter's seven-stroke victory at the Moonah Classic and Brendon Todd's six-stroke triumph at the Utah Championship.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVELS: This week's field will consist of 144 total players, including 118 Nationwide Tour members, 22 players from the Mexican Golf Federation and four open qualifiers. The Mexico Open marks the sixth and final venture for the Tour outside the United States. The first four events on the schedule took the Tour to Panama, Australia and New Zealand (two events) in February and March. In July, the Tour ventured in Canada for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, about two hours north of Toronto.
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OVER 50 YEARS: This week's event will be the 51st playing of the Mexico Open, which began in 1944. The tournament was not held in 2007 but has a long history of golf's most-prominent players and major champions among its participants. Some of the past champions include Bobby Locke, Roberto De Vincenzo, Tony Lema, Art Wall, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, David Graham, Ben Crenshaw, Jay Haas, John Cook and Stewart Cink.