WGC Mexico Championship Golf – Johnson 15/2 with 888sport for hat-trick

Chapultepec specialist Casey arrives in good heart again

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Having been staged at the Doral Resort in Florida since 1962 under it’s original name, the Cadillac World Golf Championship was moved to the Club de Golf Chapultepec in 2018 and renamed the WGC Mexico Championship.

Chapultepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City itself is a more rounded course than Doral.

It’s a 7,330-yard par-71 course which compares favourably to some of the smaller championship courses found in continental Europe.

That is only in looks and design, however, no course in Italy, France or Spain is situated at an altitude of more than 8,000 feet above sea level.
The ball travels a long way but this is a taxing course for golfers due to the comparative lack of oxygen.
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Defending champion Dustin Johnson won the inaugural staging at Chapultepec in 2018, last year’s event and also when it was staged at Doral in 2015. No surprise, then, that DJ is among the favourites.

Check with your bookmaker as some layers are offering each-way betting down to seventh place, though only at one-fifth the odds. Others are promoting only five places but at a quarter the odds.

DJ’s course scoring average at the Club de Golf Chapultepec is sublime, as it should be considering he’s already conquered it three times.
The course has a quirky layout which doesn’t appeal to everyone and Johnson played well enough at the Riviera last week without being outstanding. Whether that’s enough to justify odds of 15/2 this week with 888sport has to be a personal decision.

Rory McIlroy is a best 6/1 with Bet365 but was left toiling by Johnson last year. He blew up in the final round of the Genesis Invitational last week but it’s only a matter of time before Rory is leading the pack home again in one of these lucrative tournaments.
</h2?Matsuyaka aiming to build on solid recent run

Hideki Matsuyaka is in fine form, finishing second at the Zozo Championship, third at the CJ Cup, and fifth at last week’s Genesis Invitational.
The five-time PGA Tour winner already has almost $2.4 million in earnings this season but has only finished in the top 20 once in this event in three attempts – he is a best 20/1.

Justin Thomas (a general 10/1) has twice shot a 62 at Chapultepec. He’s already won the CJ Cup in South Korea and the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii this season so is another at the top of his game but, again, the odds are restrictive.

Fleetwood looking forward to Mexican adventure

Tommy Fleetwood has a very respectable record at the course. He was the clubhouse leader for a while in 2017 and top 20 finishes followed in the following two years.
The 8/11 with 888sport to achieve similar this year looks a no-brainer with the Englishman a general 20/1 to land the big prize itself.

Another Englishman, Paul Casey, could also go well at much bigger odds.
Casey’s record at at Chapuletpec reads 16-12-3. He’s been let down in final rounds lately but his overall game is in good shape.
Playing at altitude has never been a problem for last year’s European Open winner and he shouldn’t be underestimated this week.
Casey is 35/1 with Sportingbet, who are one of those bookmakers offering place betting down the seventh place.

WGC Mexico Championship Outright Winner Selected Best Odds

Rory McIlroy 6/1
Dustin Johnson 15/2
Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas 10/1
Webb Simpson 18/1
Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Bryson DeChambeau 28/1
Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen and Collin Morikawa 35/1
Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia 45/1
Marc Leishman, Gary Woodland and Matthew Fitzpatrick 50/1
Abraham Ancer and Bubba Watson 55/1
Shane Lowry, Sung-Jae Im and Jordan Spieth 60/1
Brandt Snedeker 70/1
Tyrrell Hatton, Victor Perez and Byeong Hun An 80/1
Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel and Rafael Cabrera Bello 90/1
Graeme McDowell, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Smith, Robert MacIntyre and Brabden Grace 100/1
(Odds correct at 10.45 February 19)

Paul Casey Top 20

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