This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
Let's be honest: this week's stats thread – and everything involving this week's WGC-Mexico Championship – is a mystery. Except for the highest-ranked Mexican in the world, Roberto Diaz, no one has played this course, and no one has seen it – on TV or otherwise – until they arrive this week. So there's a lot of quick learning that has to go on this week, and we'll see what we can add with our research.
But First, Rickie
It was a weird win for Rickie Fowler, a four-shot, finally-a-victory-again win that wasn't easy at times and included some wayward shots on Sunday. So what sealed the deal? Thank his putter. He was 57 of 57 for the week inside 7 feet and finished the week ranked second in strokes gained–putting along with being 10th in strokes gained–off the tee and a surprising 12th in driving distance at 303.9 yards per drive (his 340 yard drive on Saturday on 18 was utterly mammoth). The question with Fowler will continue to be about getting it done in the clutch — he finally converted a 54-hole lead after being 0-for his last four — and when will he do it in a major. This will certainly help.
What is Club de Golf Chapultepec?
That's the venue this week, and here's what I've discovered about it:
1. It's at elevation. Big time elevation: 7,780 feet. This is probably going to be as elevated a golf course the PGA Tour has played since the