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Oosthuizen leads after day one of World Golf Championship in Mexico

Oosthuizen leads after day one of World Golf Championship in Mexico

Louis Oosthuizen fired a bogey-free 64 to grab the early advantage at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where Chris Paisley made an impressive start. It's just that since their inception, the World Golf Championship events have largely been the domain of the game's most recognizable players, a dependable catalyst that produces predictably impressive contenders and champions. He is just behind Justin Thomas at 15-2 and Dustin Johnson at 13/2. Other short odds to win are Justin Thomas (8/1), Jon Rahm (11/1) and Jordan Spieth (11/1).

Chapultepec Golf Club is approaching 7,800 feet above sea level, making it the highest altitude most of the players in this World Golf Championships event will see all year.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson opened with a 69. DJ is a two-time victor of this event.

"It's the biggest tournament I've played in by a long stretch", the Briton said.




"I felt like it's close, it's not quite there but you know, I mean, I felt like everything's pretty close but yeah it's hard to improve on from where I was playing past year". Fleetwood is 11 in the world rankings, jumping up eight spots over the last handful of months.

Ireland's Paul Dunne booked a place in the tournament by way of his top-20 finish in last year's Race to Dubai but all did not go to plan for the Greystones man on the opening day as he could only manage a round of 73 to finish at two over par, nine shots off the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen at seven under.

"I really like the golf course, it's really similar this year - maybe it's a little bit softer because I guess they got a lot of rain last week". Mickelson has 28/1 odds for this week and I think he can possibly pick up his first win since 2013. Indians have enjoyed success here for three straight years, with Chawrasia winning in 2017 and 2016, and Lahiri in 2015.

Jordan Spieth, whose 63 was the low round of the tournament past year, wasn't in the final group and didn't see the shot until it was shown on TVs around the club this week. Chapulpetec is located at almost 7,800 feet altitude, the thinnest air this year for a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. "To play as well as I did and shoot a great score against the world's best players and to be right up there, I'm just delighted".

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