Nov 3rd, 2021
World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba: Betting Tips
The Spiv has taken a look at this week's PGA Tour event
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World number seven Justin Thomas is returning to action as is his Ryder Cup teammate Brooks Koepka. There is plenty of European representation with five of the team that lost at Whistling Straits teeing it up including Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry alongside the holder Hovland.
The Spiv has taken time out from busy schedule to cast his eye over the golf betting news and find some value in the odds offered this week on the PGA Tour. It’s never easy to
The Greg Norman designed El Camaleon course has a variety of holes which run through dense tropical jungles, mangrove forests and abut the ocean. At some 6,900 yards the par 71 course is not particularly long but if the wind gets up, as it often does, the course plays a lot longer off the tee.
Accuracy off the tee is a premium if that wind does get up it will benefit the better ball strikers. However, for those who can keep it in play the course offers up plenty of birdie opportunities as the previous winning scores suggest. The last three events have been won by a score of twenty-under-par or better.
In any event where the score go well into double figures the chances of a surprise winners also goes up. Therefore, it may well be worth while checking out some of the outsiders.
The Spiv’s kummel fuelled choices for this week are as follows.
Justin Thomas (14/1)
The Players Championship winner had a solid 2021 season finishing fourth at the FedEx Cup Tour Championship and contributing two and half points at the Ryder Cup. The American has only had one outing since he helped the USA to victory at Whistling Straits. Thomas was tied eighteenth at the CJ Cup in mid-October but finished strongly closing with an eight-under-par final round.
Thomas will understandably start favourite for the event and is impossible to ignore. The course throws up a number of birdie opportunities and we expect Thomas to take advantage and be in the shake up come Sunday afternoon.
Billy Horschel (33/1)
Horschel has not played since his victory at the European Tour’s flagship event the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in early September but his form off the back of a top ten finish in the FedEx Cup Tour Championship is highly impressive.
The American clearly does well in the event having finished tied fifth last year and tied eight the year before. We fancy a well rested Horschel will find the course to his liking once again but this time may top the leaderboard.
Charley Hoffman (80/1)
If you are looking for a bit of value then we fancy Charley Hoffman. The man with the flowing golden locks is a past winner of the event having claimed the title with a seventeen-under total in 2014.
Although his recent record at the Classic at Mayakoba is not that great we have a sneaky feeling that the American may pull something out of the bag this week and we fancy him to be well placed.
Pat Perez (100/1)
Another outsider is Pat Perez a player who always seems to be pop up in the slightly lesser events of which the Mayakoba Classic is an example. The man from Phoenix, Arizona is another previous winner having lifted the trophy in 2016 and has picked up a nice cheque in each of the last three years.
At odds of 100/1 we fancy an each way flutter on the enigmatic Perez and wouldn’t be surprised if her sneaks in a fourth PGA Tour win.
has made a career out of grinding out results in these smaller tournaments to retain his PGA Tour card year after year. The Mayakoba Classic seems to be an event where he rarely misses out. The enigmatic star won his first PGA Tour in seven years when he took out the Mayakoba back in 2016 and since then, he has finished T34, T6 and T8 in the three following events. Definitely a smokey chance this weekend but we like his value on a course he knows well.