Power Rankings: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

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The 2017 fantasy golf season shifts to Mexico this week, as the PGA Tour heads south for the WGC-Mexico Championship. A field of 77 players will tackle the Club de Golf Chapultepec, which is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Adam Scott won this event last year at Doral by one shot over Bubba Watson. Here are 10 players to watch in Mexico City:

1. Jordan Spieth: He's not getting much of the attention these days, but it was only three weeks ago that Spieth cruised to victory at Pebble Beach. He like many will have to adjust to the altitude in play this week, but should be able to handle the tight confines of Chapultepec better than most.

2. Dustin Johnson: Johnson takes the course as world No. 1 for the first time, eager to continue a serious heater that includes top-6 finishes in five of his last six worldwide starts. If he's able to drive the ball anywhere close to how he hit it at Riviera, DJ will certainly be a factor come Sunday.

3. Justin Rose: The Englishman has quietly gotten off to a strong start this year, and a victory may be just around the corner. Rose has finished T-4 or better in three of his last four starts, including a T-4 finish at Pebble Beach, and is fourth this season on Tour in total strokes gained.

4. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama missed the cut at Riviera in his most recent start, but his impressive record since the fall still includes five wins in his last 10 worldwide starts. Matsuyama sits third on Tour in birdie average and has seen his short game improve of late, given that he's eighth in strokes gained around the green.

5. Adam Scott: The Aussie is the defending champ in name only, given his title was claimed thousands of miles away. But Scott has been consistent of late, with top-15 finishes at both Riviera and PGA National, and could be on the verge of a breakthrough the likes of which we saw at this point last year.

6. Gary Woodland: Woodland's runner-up finish at the Honda Classic continued a strong season that few have noticed. The veteran now has five top-20 finishes in his last six starts, including a pair of second-place showings, and his most recent win at the 2013 Barracuda Championship also came at high altitude.

7. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy's health is still a question as he makes his first start in more than a month, but the Ulsterman has taken a cautious approach to his recovery and certainly has the game to factor here. McIlroy finished second last month in South Africa despite playing through the injury and may not have much rust to knock off this week in Mexico.

8. Jon Rahm: Rahm broke through for victory at Torrey Pines and hasn't exactly slowed down since, with a T-16 finish in Phoenix followed by a T-5 showing at Pebble Beach. Rahm is already one of the Tour's elite ball-strikers, ranking second in strokes gained tee-to-green and third in total strokes gained.

9. Henrik Stenson: The Swede is making his first PGA Tour start since the fall, and his first start in North America since the Deutsche Bank Championship. But Stenson played well on the European Tour's Desert Swing and should be able to wield his trusty 3-wood amid the thin air players face this week.

10. Rickie Fowler: Fowler is officially on a roll, following a solid T-4 finish in Phoenix with his convincing victory at the Honda Classic. Consistency has not exactly been his cup of tea in recent years, but Fowler's ball-striking is on the rise with his recent switch to a left-to-right ball flight and it should pay dividends this week.