Defending champion Patrick Reed geared for WGC

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2021 WGC-Mexico / WGC-WorkdayChampionship at The Concession

World Golf Championships

25-28 February 2021

The Concession Golf Course, Bradenton, Florida

Patrick Reed will look for a successful defence of his title at the WGC-Mexico / WGC-WorkdayChampionship when the 2021 edition is held at The Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Florida from 25 to 28 February.


Originally scheduled for Mexico, this tournament has been moved and re-branded for 2021 due to logistical difficulties created by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Reed claimed his second WGC-Mexico crown in 2020, shooting 266 to finish one stroke ahead of nearest chaser Bryson DeChambeau. It added to his first title in 2014, when the tournament was known as the WGC-Cadillac Championship.


The 30-year-old comes into this WGC event looking to shrug off a recent controversy involving an ‘embedded’ ball at the Farmers Insurance Open – a tournament he won by five strokes. At the 10th hole on the third round, Reed had marked and picked up his ball to check the lie before a rules official arrived, and the official confirmed his entitlement to relief.


“The protocols and everything I went through was the right thing,” said Reed in the wake of the incident. “I did everything I was supposed to do and that was confirmed by the rules officials.”


Other players have taken issue with Reed’s action – especially as he was once penalised for improving his lie in a sand trap – with Xander Schauffele (who was one of the runners-up at the Farmers Insurance Open) believing the Texan is protected by the PGA Tour.


“I would wait for an official. You can put a tee in the ground and check your ball. I mean, he did everything by the book according to the official and everyone stood by there. Obviously the talk amongst the boys isn’t great, I guess, but he’s protected by the Tour and that’s all that matters, I guess,” said Schauffele.


2021 WGC-Mexico Championship / WGC-Workday Championship details


Established: 1999

Course: The Concession Golf Course (2021, due to Covid-19; Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City since 2017)

Par: 72

Length: 6831 metres

Purse: US$10.5million

Record score: (tournament) 261, Tiger Woods, 2006

Current champion: Patrick Reed

All time wins: Tigers Woods, 7


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Published: 02/25/2021