Thursday 21st February 2019

Event of the Day: WGC – Mexico Championship

Our event of the day is Day 1 of the WGC – Mexico Championship at the Club De Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan. Last year’s tournament concluded with a thrilling playoff between Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas, where the former came out on top, and crowds will be hoping for similar excitement this time round. The American contingent have dominated this tournament since its inception in 1999, with players from the USA winning 13 of the 19 editions. Many experts have backed last year’s runner-up Justin Thomas to go one better this year and take home the coveted title. Though the American has never won this particular tournament, he is playing some of the best golf of his career just now and has already notched nine victories on the PGA Tour in his brief career. He has already picked up four top ten finishes in 2019, accumulating prize money of over $2m since the turn of the year.

However, there will be 71 of his fellow professionals attempting to stop the 25-year-old in his pursuit of glory in Mexico this week, including seven-times winner Tiger Woods. By his abnormally lofty standards, Woods has had a 2019 to forget so far. His two best results were T15 and T20 in the Genesis Open and Farmers Insurance Open, and he will be looking to get his year back on track this week. The 43-year-old’s last win at this particular tournament came back in 2013, where he finished 19 strokes under par, and he will certainly be eyeing a similar performance this time round. With some of the world’s greatest golfing talents battling it out this week for the lion’s share of the $10,250,000 purse, there will certainly be some spellbinding golf on offer from the first until the very last stroke.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to the NBA where the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Boston Celtics at the Fiserv Forum. With these two franchises’ playoff berths all but guaranteed, they will both be vying to come out on top in the East to gain an advantage when post-season basketball eventually comes around. In the Europa League, the round of 32 draws to a close tonight, leaving just 16 teams to battle it out for the prestigious trophy. Arsenal will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit against BATE Borisov whilst Chelsea will look to hold on to their 2-1 lead over Malmo of Sweden. Meanwhile, the Unibet Premier League takes to Dublin tonight as reigning champion Michael van Gerwen takes on world number 2 Rob Cross. One of the most exciting snooker tournaments of the year also kicks off today as the Snooker Shoot-Out gets underway in Watford. Finally, the race for the playoffs in heating up in the NHL, as the Tampa Bay Lightning welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Amalie Arena, with the hosts looking to notch their eighth-straight win to reaffirm their spot atop the Eastern Conference.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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