Mexico City - When it was announced in June that the second World Golf Championships event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season would be moved from Trump's National Doral Miami resort to Mexico City, the Mexican golf course that would host the tournament had not yet been determined.
But on Wednesday, the PGA announced that the Club de Golf Chapultepec will play host to the 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship from March 2-5, 2017.
Featuring a 7,267-yard, par-72 course, Club de Golf Chapultepec opened in 1928 and served as the original and primary site for the Mexican Open from 1944-1960, when the tournament began rotating sites. The very first tournament took place in December 1944, and the last time this Mexico City golf club hosted the Mexican Open, which is now part of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, was in 2014.
In June, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the move was being made because a sponsor could not be found to keep the event at the Doral site, where it has been held since 2007.
Grupo Salinas, a Mexican conglomerate, won the title sponsorship in an $18 million deal. Under the terms of the seven-year contract, the tournament would be rebranded the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and held at a Mexico City golf course.
"We're excited to be able to bring such a global tournament to Club de Golf Chapultepec," club chairman Rodrigo Lebois told the PGA Tour. "There will be plenty of tough holes that'll keep the leaderboard interesting, and we're excited to be able to offer memorable viewing experiences for the fans and our members while they're here during tournament week. Being involved with this event is more than an honor, and we're looking forward to supporting Grupo Salinas' mission of growing the game of golf in Mexico."Sources: worldgolfchampionships.com • talkingpointsmemo.com