The PGA Tour makes its first international stop of the New Year this week in Mexico City for the big-money, limited-field World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. There are four WGC events each season on the PGA Tour, this one, two in the United States and one in China. These are an attempt to get the best of the best in the world playing in the same tournament, which is often hard to accomplish outside the four major championships. Let’s see how the Golf betting odds will be for the 2020 Mexico Championship.
World Golf Championships – 2020 Mexico Championship Odds
- TV: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel). Sunday, 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (NBC)
- Stream on PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. (Featured Groups and Featured Holes)
- Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
This tournament is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Tiger Woods has the record number of wins with seven.
Even though there’s no cut in this tournament, meaning even the last-place finisher gets a nice check, many big names are skipping. After finishing in solo last place last week in Los Angeles, Tiger is not playing ahead of the start of the Florida Swing. Woods tied for 10th last year at Chapultepec Golf Club but was never in serious contention.
Former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka is skipping for the second time in three years, the first time by choice. He had a wrist injury in 2018, and Koepka will be playing his hometown Honda Classic in Florida next week. Also skipping are Justin Rose, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. Lefty won here in 2018 but didn’t qualify this year; he was planning to skip even if he did.
Club de Golf Chapultepec is at altitude in Mexico City and measures 7,345 yards and will play to a part 71. The course record is a 62.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is the +650 Mybookie favorite. The Northern Irishman is looking to become the second player to complete the WGC Slam by winning all four World Golf Championships events. McIlroy won the first WGC of the 2019-20 season, the WGC-HSBC Champions, topping Xander Schauffele in a playoff. McIlroy looks to join Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as the only golfers to win back-to-back WGC events.
Johnson is the +700 second-favorite. He won last year at 21-under 263 by five over McIlroy, won in 2017 at 14-under 270 by one over Tommy Fleetwood and also in 2015 when it was held at Doral in Florida and called the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Johnson has averaged one victory in every 13 starts of his career. His title defense at Club de Golf Chapultepec is his 17th start since his last win so he might be due.
Spain’s Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas are each +1000. Rahm has said he likes this course, although since his impressive third place on debut in 2017, he’s had to settle for T20 in 2018 and a disappointing T45 last year.
Thomas has 5-2-9 in his three trips to Mexico. In that run of three straight top 10s, he’s twice shot 62. Thomas does come off a missed cut, though, in Los Angeles. Americans have won seven of the last nine WGC-Mexico Championship events.
Aussie Adam Scott is +1800 and he’s a of his last two starts worldwide, albeit separated by almost two months. Scott just won the Genesis Invitational on Sunday. He shot a final-round 1-under 70 to finish at 11 under, two strokes ahead of Sung Kang, Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar. Scott came into Sunday tied at the top with McIlroy and Kuchar at 10 under, and he was the only one of the three to shoot a score at even-par or better.
Webb Simpson is also +1800. He won a few weeks ago in Phoenix and has rested up since. Doesn’t have the best track record here, though.
2020 Mexico Championship Expert Pick
England’s Tommy Fleetwood at +2500. He’s finished a respective second, T14 and T19 here.