Golf: Bryson to win, olé…

The golfing world heads to Mexico this week for the first of this season’s World Golf Championships, the third renewal of the WGC-Mexico.

Held at the Club de Golf Chapultepec, just outside of Mexico City, the course is over 7,300 yards long but at altitude so distance isn’t really an issue. The tree-lined fairways suggest accuracy will be needed, although the two previous course winners–Dustin Johnson and Phil Michelson–cast that theory into doubt!

Justin Thomas starts as favourite for the event, but being in the heat of battle for most of last week at Riviera eventually took its toll, and we’ll leave alone. And while DJ should be on everyone’s list, we’ve been burnt with his inconsistency this year.

Instead we’ll side with Bryson DeChambeau. He came good for us in Dubai earlier this year, is accurate with his driver and played well enough last week without threatening. We think he is now one of the game’s elite but you can still get a healthy price.

Looking at the two previous winners, top class Americans, and it’s easy to forget the number of European players that populated the upper reaches of the scoreboard both last year and the year before. The course has a much more European feel to it than usual on the PGA Tour.

With this in mind we’re going to side with a European player for our each way choice. Step forward Tyrrell Hatton. The young Englishman finished tied third here last year and tenth the year before. On top of this he has a very good record at the Omega European Masters, played at altitude in Switzerland every year, and which we think offers a good guide to this event. We think the 70/1 on offer represents value.


DeChambeau to win, 1 pt, at 18/1, SkyBet

Hatton 0.5 pts each way at 70/1, 1/4 the odds for the first five places

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