First 30 players qualify for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

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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 is also be the first to secure a position at the 2017 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. 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 13, 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 first players to qualify for the Mexico Championship field are listed below. These players have until February 20, 2017 to officially commit:
Rank
Country
1
Rory McIlroy
Northern Ireland
2
Dustin Johnson
United States
3
Patrick Reed
United States
4
Adam Scott
Australia
5
Paul Casey
England
6
Jason Day
Australia
7
Ryan Moore
United States
8
Kevin Chappell
United States
9
Jordan Spieth
United States
10
Russell Knox
Scotland
11
Emiliano Grillo
Argentina
12
Justin Thomas
United States
13
Hideki Matsuyama
Japan
14
Jimmy Walker
United States
15
Brandt Snedeker
United States
16
Phil Mickelson
United States
17
Si Woo Kim
South Korea
18
Matt Kuchar
United States
19
Jason Dufner
United States
20
Gary Woodland
United States
21
Bubba Watson
United States
22
Roberto Castro
United States
23
Kevin Kisner
United States
24
William McGirt
United States
25
Charl Schwartzel
South Africa
26
Daniel Berger
United States
27
Sean O’Hair
United States
28
Kevin Na
United States
29
Jhonattan Vegas
Venezuela
30
J.B. Holmes
United States
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 30 players from the final 2016 FedExCup Points List.
  • The top 10 players from the FedExCup Points List as of February 27, 2017.
  • The top 20 players from the final 2016 European Tour Order of Merit.
  • The top 10 players from the European Tour Order of Merit as of February 20, 2017.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Australasian Tour Order of Merit.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
  • The top 2 players from the final 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
  • 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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