Worldwide Technology Championship

This week the PGA Tour is in Mexico for the Worldwide Technology Championship (formerly the Mayakoba Classic), which is now a regular stopping-off point on the annual circuit.

This year the contest has drawn some eye-catching talent to head the market, with Major winners Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka leading the way. However, the Insider has assessed the field, run the numbers through his “value machine”, and found several bets with real value, and profit-making potential.

Worldwide Technology Championship: The Tournament 

A relatively new kid on the block, this event dates back to just 2007 when it first appeared on the schedule. It also marked the return of the PGA Tour to Mexico – then as the OHL Classic, before the Mayakoba Classic, and now the Worldwide Technology Championship. This tournament used to be a make-weight on the rota whilst the “big names” all played at the WGC Match Play, but it has now carved out a niche of its own in the calendar, played in late October to early November.

At this time of the year, early in the 2021-22 season, it’s very much a case of players wanting to get off to a fast start and rack-up some (much needed) prize-money and Money List points, but there’s also a healthy number of highly ranked in the field that will line-up on the shores of the Caribbean Sea… so expect some fiery competition this week!

Worldwide Technology Championship: The Course

El Camaleon Golf Club is a 6,987-yard par 71 situated at Playa Del Carmen – just south of the popular holiday resort, Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Designed by Greg Norman, the course was opened in 2004 and staged its first event in 2007. It’s a picturesque course, the “chameleon”, using local jungle, mangroves and the coastal locations to provide the players with a stern test. But with good playing conditions scoring can still be low.

72 hole record: 262 – Matt Kuchar, 2018.

18 hole record: 61 – Roland Thatcher, 2008.

Worldwide Technology Championship: Past Winners

2020: Viktor Hovland
2019: Brendon Todd
2018: Matt Kuchar
2017: Patton Kizzire
2016: Pat Perez
2015: Graeme McDowell

Worldwide Technology Championship: The Field

A regulation line-up of 156 players this week, with Justin Thomas the $15 favourite with TopSport

Worldwide Technology Championship: The Weather

Not too bad. A predominantly dry week is expected with a daily precipitation forecast of 20% – 20% – 20% – 20% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the high 70s, with partial cloud cover all week. Wind speeds will be well within the players capabilities, topping out at 12-15mph over the four days.

Worldwide Technology Championship: The Bets
Ryan Moore $151 with TopSport

There are some standout names at the top of the market this week in Mexico, but when you get past the first half dozen in the betting, the tournament very quickly takes on the appearance of a mid-level PGA Tour event. So, similar to this week’s action in Europe, there’s a case to be made for a number of players who are priced up as if this contest is of a far better standard – than it actually is! Starting with Ryan Moore, he’s a 5-time PGA Tour winner. Although a last win in 2016 highlights his struggles with form and fitness in recent years. But a fine 2nd in the John Deere Classic during the Summer shows that the fire still burns within, and this week with conditions and a course set-up to suit, the 38-year-old looks worthy of support. A best effort of 6th on this course in 2017 confirms my suspicions that the man from Tacoma, who is a fine tee-to-green operator on his day, is far better than odds of 150/1 suggest. If he can re-discover his approach play then Moore is no back number in Mexico this week.

Denny McCarthy $226 with TopSport

Similar to a couple of other players lining up this week (Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris), much has been expected of McCarthy but, to date, he’s yet to make the breakthrough and bag a first PGA Tour win. But unlike those other two players, he’s going off this week at odds in excess of 200/1. Reason being, McCarthy has a patchy record in terms of cut making, and even though he has 10 Top 10 finishes in 110 career starts, only once has he made it onto the podium – when 3rd at last year’s Honda Classic. My belief is that McCarthy who is a demon putter, and capable of shooting low numbers, will find a week when it all lines up, and with several low rounds under his belt at El Camaleon in the past (a best of 64 in 2018), this could be a time to latch onto the 28-year-old. He played ok last week in Bermuda, but putted poorly, so if he can sharpen up on the greens, but maintain his tee-to-green game, McCarthy could make a mockery of these odds.

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Martin Laird $201, Rasmus Hojgaard $151, Mark Hubbard $126, Marc Warren $101, Sam Burns $67, Tyrell Hatton $51, Peter Malnati $46, John Catlin $46, Talor Gooch $41, Harold Varner $36, Harris English $34, Robert Macintyre $31, Adri Arnaus $26, Connor Syme $26, Scott Jamieson $24, JB Holmes $21, Seamus Power $21, Dustin Johnson $21

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