Starts: 3rd November 2022
Course: El Camaleon Golf Club, Mexico
Length: 7,034 yards
2021 Champion: Viktor Hovland
Designer: Greg Norman
Course used since: 2007
Course type: Coastal and tree lined
Fairways: Narrow in places
Par 5's: 5th, 7th & 13th
Water Hazards: On 10 holes
Premium on: Approach play & putting
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
Since 2013, the winning score has been between -17 and -23.
Since the event moved to it's current end of year slot in the calendar (in 2013), eight of the past nine champions have played here before (even if that was a missed cut). It is not an event to side with course debutants.
Despite the need to have teed it up in this event, it hasn't been necessary to play well here prior to winning. Of the previous six winners here, only two had a top 40 finish prior to winning.
Three of the last nine champions had posted a top 7 finish in their previous start. Of the remaining six winners, only one (Matt Kuchar) had not recorded a top 40 finish in their previous start. Recent form is important.
Americans have dominated here. Since the tournament began in 2007, the only non-American winners were Graeme McDowell (2015) and Viktor Hovland (2020 and 2021).
The last eight winners have ranked 17-23-185-40-236-271-82-90-68 (most recent first). Outsiders can win here.
First Round Tee Time
Five of the last six winners of this event have teed off on Thursday morning. As we'll learn below, a fast start is important here and playing Thursday morning appears to help.
Possible thunderstorm with max winds of 11mph.
Possible thunderstorm with max winds of 10mph.
Cloudy with max winds of 9mph.
Sunny with max winds of 7mph.
Only three of the last eight winners have ranked inside the top 20 for Driving Distance (Viktor Hovland (2020 and 2021) and Charley Hoffman (2014)). Brendon Todd (2019) and Graeme McDowell (2015) won when ranking outside the top 90 in this category.
Only two of the last eight winners (Matt Kuchar (2018) and Viktor Hovland (2022)) have finished inside the top 15 for Driving Accuracy. Three of the last eight winners have finished outside the top 50 in this category. You can get away with errant tee shots here.
Greens In Regulation
Seven of the last eight winners have ranked inside the top 14 for Greens in Regulation. Graeme McDowell (2015) was the only winner not to have been inside the top 15. Players who find plenty of greens are preferred.
Putts Per GIR
Seven of the last eight winners have finished in the top 14 for putts per GIR. The only player who didn't (Matt Kuchar - 2018) ranked 61st. A hot putter is essential.
Fast or Slow Start
Every winner has posted a score of -2 or better in the first round. Two of the last seven winners have opened with a round of 63 or better. Four of the last six winners have been inside the top five after the opening round. The last six winners have been inside the top three through 54 holes.
Be aware the 1st and 2nd holes traditionally play as two of the harder holes, a par start isn't unreasonable. The 1th hole played as the hardest hole the past two years.
As with most events, the par 5s are the easiest holes. The two short par 3s on the front nine (4th and 8th) generally offer up birdie chances too.