2017 WGC Mexico Championship Preview and Picks
Ready to bet this weeks on the 2017 WGC Mexico Championship Odds? The 2017 WGC Mexico Championship comes our way this week at the altitude of Mexico City and the Club de Golf Chapultepec – a 7,330 yard, par 71 track. The tournament was previously played at the Blue Monster golf course at the Trump owned Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida, before it moved to Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City in 2017.
2017 WGC Mexico Championship
When: March 2-5, 2017
Where: Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Format: 72 holes – Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Adam Scott
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, NBC
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The course isn’t particularly long although there are two par 5s that measure over 600 yards – the altitude should make them easy to hit in two.
The bombers should have an advantage here – the more accurate particularly because of the tree-lined fairways.
There are a couple of players heading in playing pretty darn well – will they keep a roll going or is an upset on the horizon? Let’s take a look.
2017 WGC Mexico Championship Favorites:
Dustin Johnson +700
It’s pretty hard not to love DJ’s game right now – he absolutely ran away with the Genesis Open a couple of weeks ago and is not the #1 player in the world – he now has five top six finishes in his last six starts worldwide.
He leads the TOUR strokes gained: off the tee and total strokes gained, is third in TOUR in GIR and is once again one of the premier bombers in the game.
There are zero holes in his game right now – expect him to destroy the ball in the thin air in Mexico City.
Jordan Spieth +800
Arrives off a somewhat disappointing T22 at Riviera which was his worst effort in quite some time. But the course this week suits him well – accuracy combined with driving distance is right in his wheel-house.
He has finished inside the top 25 in every stop this season with a win at Pebble Beach included.
Spieth leads the PGA TOUR in both strokes gained: approach-the-green and greens in regulation and ranks third in birdie average – perfect for this track. Spieth is as consistent and as dangerous on this type of track as anyone – expect him to contend!
Rory Mcilroy +1100
Returns from a stress fracture in his ribs this week with a new set of clubs and some inevitable rust having not played since January. That said he has finished inside the top 10 in his last four starts overall and is a threat every time he steps onto the course.
2017 WGC Mexico Championship Contenders:
Hideki Matsuyama +1200
Finally showed that he was human in his last start – a missed cut at the Genesis Open but still has four wins in his last eight starts overall – impressive!
This week’s venue seems to suit his game very well – he ranks inside the top 35 in three different strokes gained categories and is tops on TOUR in par 5 scoring. I have had some luck with Matsuyama the last few months and may just have to go with him again this week.
Henrik Stenson +1400
Arguably the best ball striker in the world should be good to go on a track that should be right up his alley. He has had some issues with his right knee lately but seems to have taken the necessary time off in order to heel.
Stenson has been T9 or better in his last six starts worldwide including a runner-up finishes in his last start in Dubai, the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Hero World Challenge.
Her has four top 5s in WGC events but has yet to win – there is a good chance he changes all of that this week.
Rickie Fowler +1800
Fowler won last week and although I usually stay away from picking the same player in consecutive weeks Fowler is a tad different. He currently leads the TOUR in adjusted scoring and is second in scrambling and his putter looks to be peaking right now.
He’s a confident guy that is seriously affected by momentum – remember he finished T4 at the WMPO before his Honda triumph! It may be prudent to ride Fowler when he is in this groove!
Adam Scott +2200
Has finished inside the top 15 in seven straight starts and he won this event last year when it was held at Doral. He is a premier ball striker that this course demands and his confidence is pretty high right now.
He currently sits in the top 10 on TOUR in total strokes gained and adjusted scoring and is a weekly threat.
Tyrrell Hatton +4000
British breakout star enters this week off a very respectable T4 at the Honda which represented his eighth straight top 25 worldwide – he now has six top 10s in his last eight starts overall.
He is not quite a household name yet but he is certainly trending in that direction right now. Don’t be shocked to see him contend this week.
2017 WGC Mexico Championship Sleepers (+5000 or higher):
Gary Woodland +5000
Is playing his best golf in quite some time – he has two runner-up finishes and two other top 6’s in his last six starts overall – results include a solo second at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and a T2 at the Honda Classic just last week.
Woodland is one of the most impressive long hitters on the planet and should be able to exploit the thin air in Mexico City this week.
All arrows are pointing up for Woodland right now – he may be the best value on the board this week.
Martin Kaymer +5000
Is back on the radar thanks to a T4 at the Honda. Kaymer has some serious game that had been largely absent before he put it all together last week. I’m expecting him to keep the momentum going and for a quality finish again this week.
Francesco Molinari +6600
Has been very competitive lately – he enters off a T14 at the Honda Classic – his seventh top 14 finish in his last eight starts overall.
His game is accuracy (4th on TOUR in accuracy) and he is ninth on the new season in strokes gained: approach-the-green – both should come in very handy here. Current form and stats that align themselves to this course have the Italian firmly on my radar this week.
2017 WGC Mexico Championship Picks:
It’s pretty hard to bet against Dustin Johnson at +700 right now – so I’m not! He was dominant last time out and his combination of length and touch should be fun again to watch this week.
Sticking with players that can tear the cover off the ball – Gary Woodland at +5000 is my sleeper. His current form is terrific and his ability to set himself up for eagles could take him over the top this week.
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