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Major champions Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari set to return to Mexico City
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship field is continuing to take form with tournament officials announcing today that defending champion Phil Mickelson has committed to the 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on the heels of a T2 result in his first PGA TOUR start of 2019 at the Desert Classic. Mickelson opened with a 12-under 60 and took a two-stroke lead into the final round before falling one stroke shy of PGA TOUR rookie Adam Long.
Mickelson, who vaulted to No. 28 in the FedExCup standings with the high finish, will look to defend his title at the year’s first World Golf Championships event when the best players in the world return to Club de Golf Chapultepec, February 20-24, 2019 for WGC-Mexico Championship.
“It's a great way to start the year and hopefully I'll build on it and try to get better from here,” Mickelson said.
Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, fired a final-round 5-under 66 at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship to match Justin Thomas, already in the clubhouse at 16-under, forcing a playoff. Mickelson won on the first extra hole with a two-putt par when Thomas failed to get up-and-down from behind the green at the par-3 17th hole.
Tournament officials also announced that Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari have committed to the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship after each earned a career-defining victory at one of the season’s top events in 2018.
Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, collected his fifth career PGA TOUR victory in record-setting fashion at THE PLAYERS Championship in May 2018. The 32-year-old tied the low 54-hole scoring record at TPC Sawgrass, and his seven-stroke lead heading into the final round was the largest in tournament history. The win was also his first in 107 starts, spanning back to the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Simpson will make his second trip to Club de Golf Chapultepec, where he finished T37 in his debut in 2018.
“I think to beat the best field in golf will give me confidence going into the majors and World Golf Championship events,” Simpson said. “We all -- everybody on TOUR I think wants to think of themselves as a top player, and I want to get back to kind of that top-level caliber that I played at for a few years.”
One month prior, Reed notched his first major title at the 2018 Masters Tournament, where the former Augusta University standout held off final-round charges by Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to earn his sixth career PGA TOUR title.
Along with being a newly minted major champion, Reed also has one World Golf Championships victory to his resume, which he collected in his first try in 2014 when the WGC-Mexico Championship was contested at Trump National Doral in Miami.
Joining Reed in collecting his first major title in 2018 was Italy’s Molinari, who fired a spotless 2-under 69 in the final round of The Open Championship to outlast playing partner Tiger Woods among other challengers at Carnoustie Golf Links. It was part of a breakthrough year for Molinari on the PGA TOUR, who also won the Quicken Loans National en route to his first appearance in the season-ending TOUR Championship.
Molinari will be in search of his second career World Golf Championships title, having won the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions. In two previous appearances at Club de Golf Chapultepec, Molinari has finished T20 and T25, respectively, with a 5-under 66 in the final round in 2017 representing his low round.
The World Golf Championships consistently attract the most elite and global fields of the year, with 40-50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up in the four annual events. Simpson, Reed and Molinari are all currently inside the top 20 in the world, with Mickelson jumping from No. 34 to No. 26 with his T2 finish at the Deslassic.
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