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Spieth, Van Rooyen in WGC-Mexico Field; Mickelson Not in -- Yet

February 9, 2020

Erik Van Rooyen has slipped from No. 46 in the Official World Golf Rankings two weeks ago to No. 50 this week. But that is still good enough -- barely -- to get the former University of Minnesota star from South Africa into the WGC-Mexico Championship in two weeks.

Also in the field for the WGC-Mexico, which will be played at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico, is Jordan Spieth. The three-time major champion and former World No. 1 shot a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and moved up into a tie for ninth place. That lifted him to No. 49 in the OWGR. 

Just missing the top 50 was five-time major champ Phil Mickelson. He needed to birdie on the iconic  final hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links to tie Kevin Streelman for second place (behind Nick Taylor) and move into the top 50, but he missed an 8-footer and had to settle for par. As a result, he is No. 55 in the newest OWGR. 

Only the top 50 from the OWGR get into WGC-Mexico. 

Mickelson will have one more chance to make the WGC field. He is signed up to play this week in the Genesis Invitational at another iconic West Coast course, The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Anyone in the OWGR top 50 after that will also get into the WGC-Mexico field. 

Minnesotans or players with Minnesota connections who are listed in the Official World Golf Rankings 

Rank    Player    (Prev. Rank)    From          Final 2019 Rank           Highest Career Ranking (Date)

50. Erik Van Rooyen (46), South Africa                  49*                                   46 (2020)

144. Tom Hoge (142), Fargo                                   240                                  142 (2020)

154 Troy Merritt (148), Spring Lake Park              140                                    82 (2016)

708. Charlie Danielson (703), Osceola                   692                                  630 (2019)

836. Brady Schnell (805), Milford, Iowa                  752                                   291 (2018)

1534. Tim Herron (1487), Wayzata                       1425                                    29 (1999)

1542. Justin Doeden (1540), Lakeville South         1548                                1447 (2019)

1559. Ben Polland (1505), Spring Lake Park         1428                                 747 (2018)

* -- The top 50 players from the final 2019 rankings have earned invitations to the 2020 Masters, and the top 50 players from the current rankings have qualified to play in the WGC-Mexico Championship, Feb. 20-23, at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico.


T2082. Tom Lehman (T2080), Alexandria             T2074                              1 (1997) 

T2082. Cameron Beckman (T2080), Burnsville     T2074                             75 (2002)

T2082. Neil Johnson (T2080), River Falls              T2074                           1147 (2004)

T2082. Andre Metzger (2080), Sioux Falls             T2074                           1443 (2012)

T2082. Donald Constable (T2080), MInnetonka     T2074                            1491 (2013)

T2082. Derek Chang (2080), Atlanta                       T2074                            1558 (2015)

T2082. Robert Bell (T2080), Pierz                           T2074                             1584 (2015)

T2082. Andrew McCain (T2080), Minneapolis/Nashville   T2074                   1925 (2018)

T2082. Nick Heinen, Edmond (T2080), Okla.           T2074                            1986 (2018)       

T2082. Craig Brischke (T280), Madison, Wis.           T2074                          T2061 (2019)


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