Cape Town - Jon Rahm is enjoying some 'home' comforts as he looks for a
first World Golf Championships title at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
The Spaniard held the lead at Chapultepec Golf Club with
three holes to play back in 2017 as he made his WGC debut, eventually losing
out to Dustin Johnson just weeks after winning his first professional title.
Since then, the 24-year-old has claimed three European Tour wins and been a
member of a victorious Ryder Cup team at Le Golf National.
"I want to win, I want to play well. I had the lead in this
tournament before and didn't get it done, so I know what it feels like
and I'm capable of doing it. I know what I have to do and hopefully it
gets done," said Rahm.
"I've been having a pretty good run of
tournaments lately, been playing solid, consistent, hopefully this week
is the week everything kind of gets together and I have myself a chance
Rahm is a man for the big occasion, with a win on home soil
last season coupling with three top fives in Rolex Series events and two in
Major Championships, and he is confident as he takes on an elite field once
Tiger Woods will break new ground this week when makes his
debut appearance at Chapultepec Golf Club, as the 14-time Major Champion
prepares for his first event played in Mexico.
The 43-year-old has triumphed at this event seven times in
its previous guises and is looking forward to putting on a show and competing
for title number eight in front of a new audience. Woods has won 18 World
Golf Championships events, with six of his seven victories at this one coming
over different layouts, and the American insists it is the occasion more than
the course that brings out the best in him.
"Hopefully I can play well, the people will come out and support the event and I'm sure there will be some amazing energy out there. I take a lot of pride in playing well in the biggest events. I think my record has been pretty good in those events," said Woods.
"So just because this event has been in different places, it still gets the best players in the world and I've always enjoyed competing against them and trying to beat them and win an event. I think I've had some success in World Golf Championships no matter where they're played."
American Bryson DeChambeau, who currently sits third in the
Race to Dubai Rankings, is also making his first appearance
at this event after a meteoric rise in the past two seasons.
Last month's stunning seven shot win at the Dubai
Desert Classic was his sixth worldwide since July 2017, and the 25-year-old now
truly believes he is used to being at golf's top table and all the extra
attention that brings.