The 2020 World Golf Championship-Mexico event tees off this week with a stiff field including many of the world's top golfers, including defending event champ Dustin Johnson. The event is a no-cut 72 hole stroke play tournament.
Johnson, who comes in at +700, has won the event twice since it moved to Mexico from Florida in 2017.
The WGC-Mexico Championship takes place just outside of Mexico City at Club de Golf Chapultepec and it obviously seems to fit Johnson’s style of play. The course was designed by Scotsmen brothers Willie and Alex Smith. It has several tight tree-lined fairways, well-placed bunkers, and is over a mile above sea level so look for powerful tee shots.
2020 WGC-Mexico Championship Basic Info
Where: Naucalpan (Mexico City), Mexico
Course: Club de Golf Chapultepec
When: Feb 20–23, 2020
Purse: $10.5 million
Last Winner: Dustin Johnson
TV Coverage: NBC/Golf Channel
Top Golfers To Consider for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship
Adam Scott +1600
Adam Scott comes in at +1600 and was last week's winner at the Genesis Invitational.
Scott held off a handful of skilled players, including Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar among others. Scott seems to be playing at a level similar to his style of play several years back.
He has 14 PGA Tour wins and 11 European Tour wins. He went through a drought from 2016 to 2018 but won the Australian PGA Championship last year followed by his win last week at the Genesis.
Rory McIlroy +600
Rory McIlroy let me down slightly last week as I really thought he would lock down the win at the Genesis Invitational.
He’s one of the favorites again this week, and not much has changed in his play or rankings. Now, tack on a T5 to this season where he already has carded one win, a T2, and a pair of T3 finishes.
I’m going with Johnson as he has won this event three times, and like I stated earlier, has won twice since it relocated to Mexico.
He seems to be one of the players that can adjust his club selection and swing to the higher altitude at Club de Golf Chapultepec. The proof of that is his performance last year where he led the field in strokes gained, putting, and greens in regulation going 58 of 72. He only had one bogey and one double-bogey finishing 21 under 263 overall. He finished T35 at Pebble Beach and followed that up with a T10 last week at the Genesis Invitational.
Long Shots to Win the WGC-Mexico Championship:
Bubba Watson is a player that I can’t get out of my mind this week as he comes in down the favorites list at +5000. Watson has come in second place at the event three times but they all came before the move to Mexico. However, he’s good at stroke play events and there’s no cut to worry about.
The other is Marc Leishman, at +4000, who seems to have been oh so close to pulling off a win over his last several tournaments but not being able to pull the trigger. Don’t be surprised if his next win comes in Mexico.
Others I like to Win the WGC-Mexico Championship:
Tommy Fleetwood +2200
Bryson DeChambeau +2500
Gary Woodland +4000
Abraham Ancer +5000
Complete PGA Betting Odds for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship
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