The Zurich Classic was a rather one-sided team event as Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay were the wire-to-wire leaders and they enjoyed a two-shot victory. This week, the PGA Tour heads to Mexico for the revamped Mexico Open.
Previously known as the World Golf Championships Mexico, Vidanta will play host for the Mexico Open and there are a couple of interesting stats that need to be borne in mind:
● The winner of the Mexico Open will receive 500 FedExCup points
● The champion will pick up a cheque for $1.3 million
● Vidanta is a par 71 course, that plays over 7,100 yards
● Australian golfing great Greg Norman designed the course
It should make for thrilling viewing and it will be another competitive field headed up by the mercurial Spaniard Jon Rahm. Anyway, ahead of the Thursday tee-off, we have handpicked a few tips, including in the outright markets that you should pay attention to.
Rahm is still searching for his first win in 2022 and he will be making his first appearance on the PGA Tour since the Masters earlier this month. He is one of the best all-around players from tee to green. Since January 2020, Rahm is first in the rankings for strokes gained (1.90 per round), while he is also first for strokes gained from tee-to-green (1.59 per round).
Of course, the 27-year-old would love to chip into Scottie Scheffler’s lead at the top of the world rankings, and Rahm is one of these golfers who make for box office viewing. Currently, he is trading at a tempting +400 with some of the biggest online sportsbooks to triumph this weekend and if he can hit top gear early on, he could well take some stopping and he may end up in the winner’s circle come Sunday.
A homegrown talent, Abraham Ancer will relish the test that Vidanta brings. Vidanta’s greens are surrounded by some rather daunting bunkers, but the fairways are quite generous, so as always, accuracy will be king.
Ancer is targeting his first win on the PGA Tour in eight months and he has the game to create plenty of birdie opportunities. Apart from Ancer, the other Mexican contingents include Carlos Ortiz, but Ancer is the undoubted star and he will want to kick on.
You could say that just one win on the PGA Tour isn’t enough for a player of his talent, however, it did arrive at the World Golf Championships FedEx Cup St.Jude Invitational. Also, a cursory look at his results this season illustrates he has been consistent as he has had two top-10 finishes, but a good showing this week would propel him up the FedEx Cup rankings. If you fancy Ancer to clinch the Mexico Open, then he is available at a long-looking +2000 with SugarHouse to claim the W.
Will There Be A Dramatic Final Day?
While the outright markets for the winner and positions in the field will keep bettors entertained, there are other lines worth exploring. One of which will be the margin of victory. In 2020, Patrick Reed picked up his ninth PGA Tour title and his second WGC crown when he pipped Bryson DeChambeau by one shot as he carded a final-round 67 at the then WGC-Mexico.
Vidanta, as we have seen, is laden with danger, so it will be a real test. The winner of this event, therefore, may not necessarily be a wire-to-wire leader. So, while there may not be a play-off, the margin of victory could be tight. SugarHouse is serving odds of +250 for the champion to win by one stroke, which is rather intriguing.
Kevin Na Facing a Free Weekend
Kevin Na can sometimes veer from the brilliant to the mediocre. Although he’s had a couple of top-20 finishes this year, he also endured back-to-back cuts at the Genesis Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which are a couple of blue-riband events on the PGA Tour outside of the Majors.
Anyway, if you think the American will be cut before the third round, then SugarHouse has priced him up at +190 to miss the cut which could be worth following up on.