PGA Picks | WGC-Mexico Championship

The second of 4 yearly WGC events takes place this week in Mexico City when the PGA tees it up at the WGC-Mexico Championship. This event has been around since 1999, being through a few name changes, as it was formerly known as the WGC-American Express Championship and WGC-CA Championship.

For those who don’t know the format of these events, the field normally includes approximately 70 golfers. The Top 50 golfers in the world are invited to compete in the World Golf Championships, as well as the from Top 30 FedEx Cup list, Top 20 from the European Tour and the Top 2 each from the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.

 

World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

Where: Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

When: February 21st – 24th, 2019

Purse: $10,250,000

Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson

 

We had a chance last week at the Genesis Open, after both Adam Scott and Tony Finau were both on the first page of the leaderboard with just half of the final round to go. Ultimately, Adam Scott finished T7, while Finau, Bubba Watson and Xander Schauffele finished T15. I realize there are two PGA events this week, but we will focus on the WGC event. Here are a few guys I like this weekend.

Justin Thomas 8/1

Thomas has played in this event 3 times, finishing second, only behind Phil last year and T5 last year. Last year, his rounds consisted of a 62, so it’s obvious he knows how to get around this course.

He looked to go unconscious last week in the rain at Riviera, shooting rounds of 66, 65 and 65 before a 4th round 75 that knocked him out of the top spot. With his current state of play and his past results here at Club de Golf Chapultepec, Thomas deserves top spot this week.

Rory McIlroy 10/1

Rory didn’t play here last year, but his previous three times out at this WGC event saw finishes of T7, T3 and T9. His worst finish of the season was the first event he played, the first WGC event, finishing T54, but since then has finished T4, T5 and T4 in his last 3 events. He shot a blazing 63 in Round 2 last weekend at Riviera, showing he is getting his swing where it needs to be.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello 40/1

You know I always like to throw in someone with a little more value, and this weekend, Rafa Cabrera Bello is my guy. In his last 3 PGA events, he finished T25 at the Genesis, T22 and Pebble and T14 at the WGC-HSBC Championship.

This guy always seems to be in events that he is playing in, and finished T3 at Club de Golf Chapultepec last year, with a 4 rounds sub-70, including a 66 and two 67’s. He is providing great value and is worth a few bucks of your bankroll.

Other Players I like:

Dustin Johnson 10/1

Rickie Fowler 16/1

Tony Finau 33/1

Picks by Joe Berra

Posted February 20th, 2019

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