The first WGC of the season is here and, though a few big names are missing, there looks to be plenty of players who could challenge the favourites of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. Take a look at my WGC-Mexico Championship betting tips below…
Venue: Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico
Date: February 20-23
Course stats: Par 71, 7,345 yards
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson (-21)
Prize money: $10.5 million
Thursday: Featured Groups, 5pm (Sky Sports Golf and Main Event), Main coverage, 7pm (Sky Sports Golf), 10.30pm (Sky Sports Main Event)
Friday: Featured Groups, 5pm (Sky Sports Golf), Main coverage, 7pm (Sky Sports Golf)
Saturday: 5pm (Sky Sports Golf)
Sunday: 5pm (Sky Sports Golf), 7pm (Sky Sports Main Event)
WGC-Mexico Championship betting tips: Who to back each-way
Kevin Kisner (90/1 with bet365) is one of several players in the field that are handsomely priced for a place and his game is in good enough shape for him to grab one.
The American’s win at the WGC-Dell Match Play kick-started a really good run of form in the middle of last season and moved him inside the top 30 in the world rankings where he remained for the following months.
He did slip into the 30s during the fall series but has since revitalised his performances once more. A tied 7th at the Hero World Challenge in December and carried that form into 2020 finishing tied 14th and tied 4th in his first two starts.
A missed cut at the American Express a few weeks back is the only question mark in his recent form but his showings at this event in the last few editions provides further encouragement.
He finished tied for 27th in 2019 and took solo 29th the year before but his best recent performance was in 2017 when he secured 11th. His best could be yet to come at Chapultepec.
Tyrrell Hatton (80/1) is coming into this week on the back of a lengthy break which extends back to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour in November.
He took some time off to have surgery on his wrist which has troubled him for some time and this rest could play into his favour.
He is returning to an event where he has recorded two top-10s and a top 20 in the last three years and this seems like it could be the right place for him to begin his 2020.
It’s unlikely he’d be priced this highly had he been playing regularly but I’m hopeful he can put four good rounds together and looks good value for a small each-way gamble.
So who is my top tip to take the title in Mexico? Find out on the next page…