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WGC-Mexico Championship

Who to back at the WGC-Mexico Championship

It's the first World Golf Championship of the year and our resident betting expert has been through the markets to see who might come out on top in Mexico?
 

WGC-Mexico Championship betting: Steve’s top tips

Tommy Fleetwood (18/1) might have stumbled vdown the very difficult stretch at PGA National but Europe’s number one was rightly upbeat about the way his PGA Tour season has begun.

Having won at Abu Dhabi and finished sixth in Dubai, Fleetwood is in the sort of form that could propel him to the summit of the world game.

The tight Chapultepec layout doesn’t suit everyone but Fleetwood certainly took to it on its debut 12 months ago – finishing second. It’s hardly a stretch to suggest another big win isn’t too far away.

WGC-Mexico Championship

Jon Rahm’s third place finish last year formed part of a fabulous run of form that really announced his presence on the world stage.

The Spaniard hasn’t stopped since and picked up his second PGA Tour win in January at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Having enjoyed a couple of weeks off, since finishing 26th at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he should be primed to challenge.

WGC-Mexico Championship

Dustin Johnson saves his best for WGC events. He’s already got four of these titles in his locker and won this 12 months ago.

He hasn’t quite finished things off in his last couple of events. With someone like Rickie Fowler, that would be a big concern.

But little seems to faze the world number one. At 6/1, and on a course he clearly enjoyed last year, he will surely be thereabouts.

WGC-Mexico Championship betting: Steve’s each-way bets

WGC-Mexico Championship

The wait for a win goes on for Phil Mickelson (25/1) but he’s getting closer. Coming off three top 10s in a row, the five-time major winner is striking the ball as well as ever.

High in a number of PGA Tour performance categories, including strokes gained, this course – with its emphasis on creativity and shot-making rather than just blind power – should be right up his street.

It certainly looked that way last year when he was tied for seventh.

WGC-Mexico Championship

Thomas Pieters (40/1) tied for fifth 12 months ago at Chapultepec and the Ryder Cup star has been showing significant moments of form in recent weeks.

It was all going so well at Riviera until the final round but the Belgian kicked on and reached the top 15 at the Honda Classic.

Add a tied 5th at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the 26-year-old is in a good place to add to his three European Tour victories.

Also on the shortlist this week is Ross Fisher (60/1), who was second in Abu Dhabi and third in Mexico last year.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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