After a fall season with fields that lacked a lot of depth, due partially to the playing of the Ryder Cup after the first event of the 2021-2022 campaign, the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba boasts a bit of a jump up in class as players look to work in some tournament action with only three official PGA Tour events remaining in the calendar year. Ryder Cup players Justin Thomas, defending champion Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Tyrell Hatton, and Scottie Scheffler headline the field and dominate the top of the wagering odds list.
The tournament is held at the par 71 El Camaleón Golf Course in Riviera Maya, Mexico, that plays to a yardage of 7,017 yards and is designed by a two-time major winner and former number one player in the world Greg Norman. Viktor Hovland picked up his second Tour win by a shot at 20 under par 264 over Aaron Wise, overtaking third-round leader Emiliano Grillo, who faded to a final round 72 to finish in a tie for eighth.
Seven of the top 20, 11 of the top 30, and 13 of the top 32 players in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) are in the field. Fourteen major champions with 18 victories are teeing it up in Mayakoba, including four-time winner Brooks Koepka and former Masters and Open Championship victor Zach Johnson.
Justin Thomas, ranked seventh in the OWGR, leads the wagering odds at +1100, followed by 17th ranked and defending champion Hovland at +1600. Eleventh ranked Tony Finau, who is looking to collect his third Tour victory after finally capturing his second win near the end of the 2021 season, is at +2200 with Koepka, Billy Horschel, and Abraham Ancer, who is trying to become the first Mexican golfer to win on native soil, are close behind at +2500.
Patrick Reed, one of last week’s runners up in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship after coming up a stroke shortly after a closing 65, is at +3000, and a pair of young players Will Zalatoris and Matthew Wolff have odds of +3300. Rickie Fowler, still attempting to break a two-and-a-half-year slump, is at +5000 while former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland has odds of +6000, and Danny Willett, a Masters winner who missed the cut last week, is at +9000.
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With the depth of the field and plenty of players with recent success, picking a trio of entrants to wager on is tough. Still, it’s hard to bet against players at the top of the list, including Justin Thomas, who has just one start since the Ryder Cup, a tie for 18th in the CJ Cup @ Summit after shooting a final round 64. The former PGA champion had a solid finish to the 2021 season, tying for fourth in the Northern Trust and finishing in the same position a couple of weeks later in the Tour Championship, not to mention his outstanding performance in the victory for the United States in the Ryder Cup.
In August, Tony Finau finally broke through at the Northern Trust to grab his second win five years after his initial PGA Tour victory. He is also making just his second start since the Ryder Cup, where he was instrumental in the U.S. romp over Europe, finishing tied for 45th, rallying with a Sunday 65.
Eventually, Scottie Scheffler will break out with a Tour win, and it’s a good idea to include him in any mix of players until he does, especially given the confidence he derived from the Ryder Cup. Although he has yet to hit his stride in a pair of 2021-2022 season events, he’s too good not to win soon and is worth the shot at +2800 odds.