In a regular weekly column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours.
The Genesis Invitational
Notes: Despite eight weeks off, Scott's love of Riviera shone through on Sunday as he played some smart golf to secure his 14th PGA TOUR title in 325 events and first since a come-from-behind win at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac (Doral) 74 starts ago. Kang and Brown were way down the betting but both had previous course form, Brown also the runner-up here in 2017. Kuchar had never bested T8 at the course.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Thomas flopped, mainly due to a cold putter, while Rahm never really got into contention. But Rory and DJ will view this week as one that got away. Both had a chance to win but went flat when it mattered, McIlroy shooting a 2-over closer after starting the day tied for the lead while Johnson had just one birdie on Sunday and came home in 38.
Coming up this week…
PGA TOUR/EUROPEAN TOUR
Location: Club de Golf Chapultepec, 7,345 yards, par 71.
Who’s playing? It's a WGC but there's no Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Those who do head to Mexico include: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Tommy Fleetwood, Xander Schauffele.
Past winners at Chapultepec
Notes: DJ has six WGC wins and his two in Mexico represent victories No. 4 and No. 6. He was also T7 in 2018.
Puerto Rico Open
Location: Coco Beach Golf & CC. 7,506 yards (par 72).
Past winners at Riviera
2019 (-14, 270) Martin Trainer – 1st PGA TOUR win
2018 No event
2017 (-17, 267) D.A. Points – 3rd PGA TOUR win
2016 (-15, 269) Tony Finau – 1st PGA TOUR win
2015 (-6, 278) Alex Cejka – 1st PGA TOUR win
Notes: Yes, we have an opposite event this week and it's the one that Tony Finau did actually go on to win! Five of the last six champions have been first-time winners. As with all alternate-tournaments this season, the field features 120 players.
The WGC-Mexico fills this week's European Tour schedule but news emerged last Friday that two events scheduled for April have been cancelled/postponed due to the coronavirus, known as Covid-19.
Maybank Championship (April 13-16)
Volvo China Open (April 20-23)
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The well-being of our players, spectators and staff is always our absolute priority.
“While it is therefore regrettable that the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open have been postponed, we feel this is the correct course of action at this time.
“We are currently investigating alternative dates for both events.”