A tournament that has gone through no fewer than six name changes since its inception in 2007, the event that is more commonly known as the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but now called the World Wide Technology Championship, sees the PGA Tour head down Mexico way this week.
The El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen is the exotic location for the 2021 renewal and we have a much stronger field than the one that assembled in Bermuda last time out.
The defending champion is up with the favorites and there is some momentum building with a Ryder Cup winner leading the American sportsbooks’ outright winner betting lines. Will class out? Read on for our Mayakoba golf full preview with predictions and betting picks.
Justin Thomas returns for the first time since taking his place at the CJ Cup and he is the clear favorite for Mexico at best odds of 12/1. Twelve months ago, JT set the course record with a third round 62 at Playa Del Carmen but it wasn’t enough to lift him from a tie for 12th. He’s certainly rested but is an unknown quantity in terms of form.
Behind the leader, defending champion Viktor Hovland is next. The Norwegian is listed at 14/1 in many places but can be found elsewhere at a best of 18/1. Hovland edged out Aaron Wise by just one stroke a year ago and he is also nicely rested following a tie for 18th at the CJ Cup.
Then comes Abraham Ancer at 20/1 and there’s a lot of interest in the home golfer. A native Mexican, perhaps Ancer can follow the trend set by Hideki Matsuyama who won on home turf in Japan last month.
This is his seventh appearance in this tournament and previous outings here have included four top 25s with two top 10 finishes.
Next up are Tony Finau, Billy Horschel and Tyrrell Hatton who can all be found at 28/1 in places. Finau’s greatest strength is his distance hitting but that won’t be rewarded too much across this particular course.
Hatton is a winner on the PGA Tour and could enjoy some success in a weakened field but the name that interests us from that list is that of Horschel. In a strong European field, he came through to win the BMW PGA Championship in September and that shows his adaptability in foreign conditions.
Other names to consider in this section include Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler and Aaron Wise who are all on offer at 33/1. Wise claimed that solo runners up slot in the Mayakoba Golf Classic a year ago and he arrives on the back of two top 10 finishes on the Las Vegas leg of the PGA Tour.
Patrick Reed was the biggest name in the field over in Bermuda last week and almost came through, eventually tying for second, a shot behind Lucas Herbert. In a stronger field, the odds setters are less convinced about his chances and Reed heads up the outside bunch at a best of 35/1.
Shane Lowry, Will Zalatoris, Talor Gooch and Cameron Tringale follow and all four are quoted at 40/1 in places. Gooch has impressive form with three straight finishes inside the top 11 while Tringale seems a consistent performer in early rounds without quite having the stamina to finish things off.
Other options among the outsiders include Sergio Garcia at 45/1, Rickie Fowler at 55/1, Keegan Bradley at 55/1, Justin Rose at 60/1 and Charley Hoffman at 70/1.
Our Preview’s World Wide Technology Championship Golf Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks
To give this tournament its full title, the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba has been on the circuit since it made its debut as the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2007. Fred Funk famously won the inaugural edition as a 50-year-old to become the oldest winner on Tour in 32 years.
The fields for this event are often of mixed quality and that partly explains the fact that we have seen no repeat winners in 14 previous tournaments.
The El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen is a short par 71 that comes in at a fraction under 7,000 yards. A year ago, eventual winner Viktor Hovland led the field in Greens in Regulation while ranking highly in terms of Fairways Hit. Those are typical stats from previous winners and it is a clear indication that accuracy, rather than power, is needed to succeed.
The name that we keep coming back to is Billy Horschel: We’ve underlined his versatility and are backing him to take his winning ways down to Mexico. Despite those relatively long odds, he has also placed at number two in the Power Rankings based on two top 10 finishes in this tournament in the last two years.
Horschel to win is the main betting tip, backed by three other top ten picks which will hopefully see us back to profitable ways after a good start to the new season. So these are the Mayakoba betting predictions for this preview:
- Billy Horschel to win at +2800 (28/1) with Bovada, Intertops and BetOnline.
- Top 10 Finish Picks (Best Odds In Brackets): Horschel (+350 BetOnline, Intertops), Will Zalatoris (+450 Intertops), Cameron Tringale (+450 BetOnline, Intertops) and Charley Hoffman (+650 BetOnline) for top 10 finishes.
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