The PGA Tour will return to action after a week off with the World Wide Technology Championship in Los Cabos, Mexico, beginning on Thursday, November 2nd and concluding on Sunday, November 5th.
The annual fall stop debuted in 2007, becoming the first PGA Tour event held in the country of Mexico. This will be the first year the tournament is played at El Cardonal golf course after previously being played at Riviera Maya for the past 16 years.
Russell Henley broke a five-year victory drought with a triumph at this event last year. Henley breezed to a four-shot win over future Open Champion Brian Harman, shooting a four-day total of 261 (23-under par). The 34-year-old last won in 2017 at the Shell Houston Open.
The World Wide Technology Championship is the fifth of seven FedExCup Fall events. The drama ramps up over the final month of the season as players jockey for position within the FedEx Cup standings, looking to lock up their status for next year’s season.
Players ranked 125 or better at the conclusion of the fall slate will have earned full status for next year, while those pros ranked 126-150 will have conditional status on the big stage.
The winner of the event will earn the standard 500 FedEx Cup points and the exemptions that come with a PGA Tour victory. The purse of $8.2 million remains the same as last season, with $1.476 million going into the winner’s pocket.
El Cardonal at Diamante
El Cardonal at Diamante is less than ten years old, debuting in 2014 as one of the first designs from Tiger Woods. The par-72 layout can stretch to over 7,300 yards and will require golfers to think about every shot.
The fairways are wide, but strong winds often play a role in the outcome here. Bringing natural landscape into the design, natural hazards, and added fairway bunkers add a risk/reward element with every shot off the tee.
The green complexes at El Cardonal are unique and offer a variety of different forms. T-shaped complexes, along with three-tiered greens, will require precision with approach shots.
Drama For Status
The official field for the World Wide Technology Championship won’t be released until this Friday, but we know the players battling around the no. 125 mark in the standings will be in action this week as they battle for positioning.
Currently, just 100 points separate Nico Echavarria (417 points) at no. 120 from Patton Kizzire (317 points) at no. 130. Notable players in between those players include Maverick McNealy (no. 121), C.T. Pan (no. 124), Erik van Rooyen (no. 125), Cameron Champ (no. 127), and Jimmy Walker (no. 129).
Kizzire is a past champion of this event, winning the golf tournament in 2017 with a one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.
With three events remaining, it will be important for golfers situated around this mark to be aggressive and try and earn as many points as they can over to solidify their playing privileges for next year.