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Mexico Open elevated to official FedExCup event

Feb 22, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Abraham Ancer plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Abraham Ancer plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the WGC – Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Mexico Open will become an official FedExCup event on the PGA Tour schedule for the first time in 2022.

The tournament, formerly called the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, has been played since 1944 and is considered to be Mexico’s national championship.

Vidanta Vallarta in Vallarta, Mexico, will host the event, set for April 28-May 1. The field of 132 players will include 12 sponsor exemptions, with a minimum of four players coming from Latin America. Players will compete for the $7.3 million purse with a full 500 FedExCup points going to the winner.

The new name and venue were announced Monday in a news conference that included two of Mexico’s most prominent golfers, Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer, both first-time winners last season on the PGA Tour.

–Field Level Media