Abierto Mexicano de Golf

Organized golf has been played in Mexico since 1894, when the Club de Golf Santa Gerturdis was founded by Scottish jute workers in Orizaba, Veracruz. More than a dozen other clubs were then established around the country before the formation of the Federación Mexicana de Golf in 1926.

One of these more recently instituted clubs was Club de Golf Chapultepec and it was at this Mexico City venue that the first Mexican Open, or Abierto Mexicano de Golf to give the tournament its proper name, was initiated in 1944 and fourteen of the first sixteen editions would be held here.

Abierto Mexicano de Golf Championship Trophy

Californian Al Espinosa won the first Open, played over four 18-hole rounds under stroke play, with an aggregate score of 281. Espinosa was a former Ryder Cup player who’d lost in a playoff to Bobby Jones in the US Open at Winged Foot in 1929 and his good form in Mexico continued through until 1947 as he also won the next three editions of the Open at Chapultepec.

A closer inspection of the results sheet from the very first competition shows that an amateur named Percy Clifford came second in the overall standings. Clifford won the Mexican Amateur several times but his contribution to the sport as an architect is what he’s most famous for as it’s reckoned he had a hand in the design of about forty courses across the nation during his career.

During the 1950s, one name loomed large on the leader board at the end of most Mexican Open championships: Roberto De Viceno. The Argentinian finished in first place on three occasions and as runner-up another four times between 1951 and 1958, which was an incredible period of consistent performance for the man from Buenos Aries.

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Abierto Mexicano de Golf host courses

Chapultepec

13th Mexico Ranking

The Mexican Open was inaugurated in 1944 and fourteen of the annual events were held at Club de Golf Chapultepec up until 1960 so the course is a historically important golf site.

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México

10th Mexico Ranking

Situated just a mile from the Azteca Stadium in the southwest outskirts of the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City, Club de Golf México has a fascinating international golfing history...

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Abierto Mexicano de Golf Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Hilton Sacks Courses Played 2
2 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 1
= Gary Harvey Courses Played 1
= Andrew Courses Played 1
= ronnie keesler Courses Played 1
= Keith Burdette Courses Played 1
= S Courses Played 1
= Cal Seifert Courses Played 1
= Neil Jackson Courses Played 1
= Rodrigo Javier Dominguez Courses Played 1