PGA Preview: 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship Picks, Odds and Info

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.

Last week several of my Genesis Invitational picks came through for me including Adam Scott who won the tournament. Also, Hideki Matsuyama and Rory McIlroy both carded a T5 with Johnson at T10, and Jon Rahm at T17. See my PGA betting article for the 2020 Genesis Invitational for all the details.

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

Par:                       71

Length                 7,345

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.


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Dustin Johnson +700

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

Rory McIlroy                                    +600

Dustin Johnson                        +700

Jon Rahm                                    +1000

Justin Thomas                                    +1000

Adam Scott                                    +1600

Webb Simpson                                    +1600

Hideki Matsuyama                        +1800

Xander Schauffele                        +2000

Tommy Fleetwood                        +2200

Bryson DeChambeau                        +2500

Collin Morikawa                        +3300

Paul Casey                                    +4000

Louis Oosthuizen                        +4000

Matt Kuchar                                    +4000

Sergio Garcia                                    +4000

Patrick Reed                                    +4000

Marc Leishman                        +4000

Gary Woodland                        +4000

Bubba Watson                                    +5000

Shane Lowry                                    +5000

Sungjae Im                                    +5000

Jordan Spieth                                    +5000

Abraham Ancer                        +5000

Matthew Fitzpatrick                        +5000

Brandt Snedeker                        +6600

Victor Perez                                    +6600

Tyrrell Hatton                                    +8000

Billy Horschel                                    +8000

Byeong-Hun An                        +8000

Rafael Cabrera Bello                        +8000

Kevin Kisner                                    +8000

Cameron Smith                        +8000

Branden Grace                        +8000

Robert Macintyre                        +8000

Graeme McDowell                        +10000

Kevin Na                                    +10000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout            +10000

Kurt Kitayama                                    +10000

Chez Reavie                                    +10000

Scottie Scheffler                        +10000

Lee Westwood                                    +10000

Bernd Wiesberger                        +10000

Matthias Schwab                        +10000

Corey Conners                        +10000

Brendon Todd                                    +12500

Charles Howell III                        +12500

Danny Willett                                    +12500

Francesco Molinari                        +12500

Lanto Griffin                                    +12500

Sung Kang                                    +12500

Erik Van Rooyen                        +12500

Michael Lorenzo-Vera            +12500

Jason Kokrak                                    +12500

Jazz Janewattananond            +15000

Lucas Glover                                    +15000

Carlos Ortiz                                    +15000

Matt Wallace                                    +15000

Sebastian Munoz                        +15000

Lucas Herbert                                    +15000

Ryan Fox                                    +15000

Marcus Kinhult                        +20000

Shugo Imahira                                    +25000

Shaun Norris                                    +25000

Benjamin Hebert                        +25000

Justin Harding                        +25000

Pablo Larrazabal                        +25000

Jorge Campillo                        +30000

Ryo Ishikawa                                    +30000

Zander Lombard                        +30000

Scott Hend                                    +30000

Zach Murray                                    +50000

Taehee Lee                                    +50000

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