The PGA Tour continues its journey outside of the USA and now it’s time for Mexico to take over. The 2022 World Wide Technology Championship has gone by many other names in the past and many will recognize it as the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Whatever you want to call it, this tournament has been dominated by Viktor Hovland in the recent past. The Norwegian won the title in 2020 and 2021 and he is back to challenge for an unprecedented three-peat.
Last week at the CJ Cup, we claimed another top 10 finish return thanks to Seamus Power. It was the second time this season that one of our top ten picks had won the tournament, so let’s see if we can go one better as we head down Mexico way with this World Wide Technology Championship preview with its predictions and betting picks.
There is a much stronger field compared to last week and it is led by reigning Masters champion and former World Number One Scottie Scheffler. Early markets put Scheffler as favorite for the win at best industry odds of 9/1.Scheffler makes his third visit to this tournament. In his previous two outings, he tied for 18th in 2019 and tied for 4th in 2021.
Behind the market leader is Viktor Hovland who is targeting that third win in succession. The Norwegian edged out Aaron Wise by one stroke in 2020 and was more comfortable last year with a four-shot win over Carlos Ortiz. Hovland clearly has the game for this location but what about current form? It is solid, if unspectacular, but his scoring average of 65.63 on this course is tough to ignore.
Behind the two men at the top of the USA betting markets with the sportsbooks comes Tony Finau who slots in at best odds of 16/1. This is his first tournament of the season. He has a mixed record in this event and his power hitting won’t necessarily be rewarded this week.
Next up are Collin Morikawa, Billy Horschel and Aaron Wise who are all available at 18/1 in places. Wise was a runner-up here in 2020 while Horschel has two top 10 finishes in four outings in this event.
Taylor Montgomery, Maverick McNealy and Tom Hoge are all on offer at 25/1. Of those three, Hoge may be attracting the most interest. He tied for third at the Mayakoba Classic two years ago and has four top four finishes in each of his last four starts. Hoge also ranks sixth on Tour for Greens in Regulation and that could be an important stat across the four days.
At the top of the outside bets this week are Emiliano Grillo and Brian Harman who are both quoted at 40/1. Grillo has three top 10 finishes here in five starts and is one to consider for a single digit finish at the very least.
Next up is Thomas Detry, the Belgian who finished in the runner-up slot at the CJ Cup on Sunday. He has shown his quality on the DP World Tour and Detry will be a tempter this week at 45/1. If Detry is at 45/1, last week’s winner Seamus Power looks extremely generous at 50/1. The Irishman finished in 11th here last year and has the stats needed to make another challenge.
Others to consider in this outsider section include Brendon Todd at 50/1, Matt Kuchar at 66/1, Cameron Champ at 80/1, Justin Lower at 80/1, Justin Rose at 90/1 and Russell Knox at 100/1. That list includes two former winners of this event: Brendon Todd lifted the trophy in 2019 while Matt Kuchar was the champion a year earlier.
Our Preview’s World Wide Technology Championship Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks
The El Camaleón Golf Club in Playa del Carmen is the host for this week’s event. It is a fairly regulation par 71 in terms of its distance at a fraction over 7,000 yards. Primary rough is short at around two inches, but the fairways are tight and wind off the Gulf of Mexico means that accuracy is key. In his time here, Viktor Hovland averages 14.5 per round for Greens in Regulation and that’s a telling statistic.
Since the event began in 2007, Hovland is the only multiple champion. Nobody else has ever won more than once so he is already a history maker. Only history is against Viktor Hovland this week and no-one has won the same event three times in succession on Tour. Form is a minor concern, however, and in a stronger field this preview is looking elsewhere.
Billy Horschel is the main pick. He has been consistent on this course since 2018 and has three top 10 finishes in his last three starts. He has the game to go better here and he is in good shape to convert.
So to continue a positive start for us since the start of the new season, here are our World Wide Technology Championship predictions and betting picks against the bookies:
- Billy Horschel to win at +2000 (20/1) with Bovada. He is 18/1 with BetOnline and EveryGame.
- Top 10 Finish Betting Picks (all odds from BetOnline, who are best on these selections): Horschel (+220), Tom Hoge (+260), Emiliano Grillo (+375) and Seamus Power (+425).
Matt Harris is a golf and soccer expert for USA Betting. His other area of specialist knowledge is cricket. He is well known in sports journalism and contributes articles to a plethora of big-name websites and media outlets. Titles that he writes or has written for include: Betfair, BetVictor, Unibet & Just Bookies.