Delayed Mexico Open played this week
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2009 Mexico Open | Preview | 03 Sep 2009
The Nationwide Tour this week plays the Mexico Open more than four months after it was originally scheduled, the outbreak of Swine Flu in Mexico forcing the postponement of the original event in May.
The tournament is being played for the first time at the El Bosque Golf Club in Leon in central Mexico after it had made its debut as a Nationwide Tour event in Morelia last year.
With just seven events remaining after this week on the 2009 schedule, moves will need to be made soon by those outside the top 25 on this season’s money list. The top 25 at season’s end will of course gain access to the PGA Tour in 2010 without the need to go through Tour School.
Many of the leading players on the money list are absent this week as they take the opportunity of a week off before the race to the Tour Championship.
With that in mind it could well be players such as long hitting Derek Lamely, Cameron Percy and Garth Mulroy who could do well on the comparatively long layout. Lamely and Mulroy have both won this season and while Percy has yet to do so he has been in contention on several occasions.
Percy has just gone past the US$200,000 mark and is therefore within striking distance of a PGA Tour card for 2010 and a top five finish this week could well be enough to assure him of graduation.
Henrik Bjornstad is another whose form in recent weeks brings him into consideration as a potential winner. Bjornstad is no slouch when it comes to driving distance either.
The Australasians in the field other than Percy are Steve Allan, Adam Bland, Andrew Bonhomme, Steve Bowditch, Andrew Buckle, Stuart Deane, Alistair Presnell, Phil Tataurangi and Grant Waite.