MEXICO CITY, Mexico | As the inaugural WGC-Mexico Championship begins at Club de Golf Chapultepec, a few numbers jump out.
Let’s start with Mexico City itself where approximately 20 million people live, making it the fourth most populated city in the world.
Then there’s the elevation. The city sits approximately 7,500 feet above sea level which visitors will notice when they arrive.
So how does that translate in golf numbers at a course that officially measures 7,330 yards?
It means it will play short.
It also means players will make on-course calculations to factor in the effects of the elevation.
Let world No. 1 Dustin Johnson explain.
“They’re all a little shocking,” he said, “because I’m used to playing at sea level where … most of the time the ball goes shorter than what our normal distances are, especially playing on the West Coast, it’s cold, it’s raining a little bit, the ball doesn’t go anywhere.
“Then you come here: A normal pitching wedge for me goes 144 yards; here, if I hit one a little hard and get it up in the air, it will fly 180.”
And since you’re probably wondering, how far can DJ fly a driver this week?
According to his caddie Austin Johnson, the carry number is 345 at Chapultepec.