The PGA Tour heads south of the border, with the Vidanta Vallarta course on the country’s Pacific coast hosting the Mexico Open.
Former world no. 1 Jon Rahm is the only member of the golfing elite who has entered the tournament, and he has obvious appeal being the class act of a weak field, even more so given he has twice finished third in the WGC-Mexico Championship. However, the Spaniard has won just once in the last 20 months, and a price of 9/2 seems short enough to leave alone.
The course has reasonably wide fairways, and thus should suit those long off the tee. With this in mind, we’re going to side with Gary Woodland. The former U.S. open winner has power to spare, has performed well in the more sedate PGA Tour events and is a former runner-up in Mexico.
Back in Europe, the DP World Tour stays in Spain, with the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness near Girona hosting the Catalunya Championship.
Lap of the Odds subscribers could well be still celebrating Pablo Larrazabal’s victory in the ISPS Handa Championship last weekend and so might the Spaniard, so we’ll leave him alone this week!
Instead we’re going to side with the Englishman Laurie Canter. He played solidly last week on his return from a break and his customary long, straight driving and quality approach play could mean he goes close this week.
Mexico Open: Woodland to win, 1 pt, at 20/1, William Hill
Catalunya Championship: Canter to win, 1 pt, at 33/1, William Hill
And 0.5 pts each way double