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Top-ranked Mexican player to also receive an exemption
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – As the culmination of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season closed at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, the tournament’s elite field of 30 players was also the first to secure a position at the 2017 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.
As the culmination of the 2015-16 European Tour season closed in November, the top 20 in the Race to Dubai standings were the next 20 players to qualify as well as the top two players from each of the Japan Tour, Australiasian Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour.
Held at the prestigious Chapultepec Golf Club, the Mexico Championship will welcome the top players from across the globe to compete in one of the most exciting events of the PGA TOUR season on February 28-March 5.
The International Federation of PGA Tours also announced that the top-ranked Mexican player as of February 20, 2017 will be able to compete in the 2017 Mexico Championship. Per the Official World Golf Ranking, Rodolfo Cazaubon would be the top-ranked Mexican player to make the field if the event was held today, followed closely by Carlos Ortiz, Sebastian Vazquez and Abraham Ancer.
The Mexico Championship field is comprised of players from the top of season-ending standings on the PGA TOUR, European Tour, Asian Tour and other Tours across the globe as well as the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The list of players that have qualified already for the Mexico Championship field are listed below. These players have until February 20, 2017 to officially commit:
As a look ahead to the 2016-17 season, the next qualification criteria for the Mexico Championship is as follows:
· The top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 20, 2017. · The top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 27, 2017. · The top 10 players from the FedExCup Points List as of February 27, 2017. · The top 10 players from the European Tour Order of Merit as of February 20, 2017. · The highest ranked available player from Mexico from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 20, 2017, if not otherwise eligible.
As the tournament marks a new era for golf in Mexico and Latinamerica, Grupo Salinas recently announced the first steps in launching The First Tee Mexico. The initiative, developed to help grow the game of golf in Mexico and bring the game’s values to youth, aligns with the overall charitable mission that Grupo Salinas embodies through its Fundación Azteca programs.
The World Golf Championships as a whole have generated more than $55 million for charitable causes since the series began in 1999.
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