The World Golf Championship (WGC) Mexico Championship is the current incarnation of the nomadic professional WGC golf tournament. Having previously been held in the USA, England, Ireland and Spain, the modern-day Championships are staged at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico. It is one of the four annual World Golf Championships.
This tournament, for which the winner receives a Wedgwood trophy called the Gene Sarazen Cup, is organised by the International Federation of PGA Tours and takes its prize money from both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. In fact, the field is made up of the top 50 names from the Official World Golf Rankings plus the top 30 from the PGA Tour, along with the top 20 players from the Race to Dubai, who are all joined by the top 2 players from the Asian Tour, Japanese Tour, Australasian Tour and Africa’s Sunshine Tour. Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose have all won the Gene Sarazen Cup among others but the most wins won by a champion here is seven and that record belongs to Tiger Woods who won the inaugural event held in Valderrama, Spain.
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WGC Mexico Championship Best Outright Betting Odds
|Justin Thomas||11/1||Boyle Sports|
|Hideki Matsuyama||20/1||Paddy Power|
|Carlos Ortiz||150/1||Paddy Power|
WGC Mexico Championship Betting Tips & Predictions
This is the first WGC event of 2020 and comes off the back of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Adam Scott was the victor on Sunday leading the others home by two strokes. The others included Sung Kang and Scott Brown, who came in second, and Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa, Joel Dahmen and Rory McIlroy, all three back.
Dustin Johnson will be heading south of the border to defend the WGC-Mexico Championship he won by five strokes last year. He also picked up this title in 2017 and, once more in its Doral days back in 2015, so his form for this one is good. This week at the Riviera, Johnson himself was one shot back from the chasing pack but we can expect all these guys to put up a fight in Mexico City.
Rory McIlroy will be the main focus of things here, having already won the first World Golf Championships event of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season when he scooped the HSBC Champions in November. As such, McIlroy will be looking to become only the second player to complete the WGC Slam by winning all four World Golf Championships events and join Dustin Johnson, who achieved the feat in 2017. Bet365 are pushing 13/2 on the Northern Irishman, while bettors looking to back Johnson won’t find better than the 8/1 offered by Unibet. When McIlroy took down the WGC-HSBC Champions, the man he knocked into second place was Xander Schauffele who is a 20/1 shot with William Hill to get his revenge here.
Anyone looking to get behind Jon Rahm can do so at 10’s, right across the board, while the same can be said for the course record holder at Club de Golf Chapultepec, Justin Thomas. William Hill are showing the best price for Sunday’s Genesis champ, Adam Scott, at 18/1. Once the best player in the world, Jordan Spieth hasn’t won a tournament since taking down The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale almost three years ago and qualifies only through the top 50 rankings. Unibet are offering 60/1 on the former world number one, but can he even make the cut? Finally, the highest-ranking Mexican in the tourney is Carlos Ortiz who is available for 150/1 at Paddy Power. In summary, I wouldn’t personally be looking too far beyond Dustin Johnson to win, with Rory McIlroy and perhaps Xander Schaufelle as each way fallback options.
Popular WGC Mexico Championship Bets
Golf fans and bettors look forward to this meeting of the PGA and European Tours’ annual run to Mexico and with good reason, this, after all, is a tournament that draws its field in from all the other global tours. This event, and indeed all golf tournaments, provides a plethora of golf bets. Here are a few of wagering options for the WGC Mexico Championship.
Versus The Field Betting
With this kind of bet, the idea is that you are basically backing anyone else in the entire field other than a nominated golfer to win the championship. These bets can be placed at any time but typically liven up towards the latter rounds of a tournament when a clear favourite, or favourites, are emerging as likely victors. For those bets placed early on in or before a tournament gets underway, the player to go versus the field will be the bookies’ favourite to win which will be based on form, rankings and past record in the chosen event.
Head to Head Matchups
Essentially, head to head matchups are where the bookmaker will provide two golfers and your job is to successfully guess which of the two you think will fare better in the tournament. One of the good things about a bet like this is that it does not matter how well the golfers do against the rest of the field or how well they perform in the tournament. It only matters that your pick does better than his or her matched player. These bets work equally well on the individual daily rounds or across the entire four-day tournament.
Prop bet stands for a proposition bet and is basically where punters wager on whether or not something specific will happen during a round or in the tournament. You can also, in most circumstances, bet on how many times that thing will happen. In golf terms, this will typically mean whether or not a hole in one will be made during the course of the tournament. But, because this type of bet is one out of the fun category, you can bet on mad and silly things too. Although, be prepared, you may need to request this bet if you can’t see it in the sportsbook. These bets are often referred to as skilled and non-skilled proposition bets. Skilled, being the talented effort of landing a hole in one or Phil Mickelson ending his winless drought in 2018 (he did by the way, here at the WGC Mexico). In the case of unskilled these will be betting on something sillier to happen such as betting on a players first tee shot ending up in or out of the fairway or the winning player giving his wife a kiss at the end of the tourney.
In play betting, or live betting, has grown very rapidly in popularity over the years, no more so than in golf. The appeal for bettors stems from the fact that you can watch a tournament or round play out in real-time and you get a clearer picture of how things are developing or how they will play out. Of course, the appeal for bookmakers is that they know that, as the odds change with every swing of a club, these odds will entice bettors, sometimes ignoring the value of patience, to lay money on what they might think is a sure thing. However, sports doesn’t usually work that way and the money piles on to a player who blows the lead before the end of the tourney. This is a fast-paced way to bet and can be very thrilling, livening up televised golf for even the most unenthused golf haters out there.
WGC Mexico Championship Tournament Structure
The WGC Mexico Championship is a 72 hole stroke play event but, unlike other golf tourneys, this event has no cut. As with all golf tournaments, the players with the biggest below par score will the top of the leaderboard. If there is a tie after 72 holes, there will be a sudden death playoff to try and determine a winner.
WGC Mexico Championship History
The idea of World Championship Golf came about in 1999 when the first three jointly sanctioned championships were introduced. One of these, then called the American Express Championship, has developed into the modern day Mexico Championship. Later on in 1999, the World Cup was added as the fourth World Golf Championships event. The inaugural staging of this particular WGC took place in Valderrama near Cadiz in southern Spain and was won by Tiger Woods. The competition stayed in the Spanish course the following season before relocating to the Mount Juliet course in Kilkenny, Ireland. It was held here twice, with an East Coast USA visit sandwiched in between the Irish stops. California was the host venue for one season after which it was played for a year in Watford, England before enjoying a long run in Florida as it established itself as an East Coast event. In 2017, it was time to move again, this time to Mexico where it has been held ever since.Taking its prize pool from both the PGA and European Tours, the event always attracts the great and the good of golf and has been won by some of the biggest names in the history of the game.
WGC Mexico Championship Past Winners
|2019||Dustin Johnson||United States||Chapultepec, Mexico|
|2018||Phil Mickelson||United States||Chapultepec, Mexico|
|2017||Dustin Johnson||United States||Chapultepec, Mexico|
|2016||Adam Scott||Australia||Doral, Florida|
|2015||Dustin Johnson||United States||Doral, Florida|
|2014||Patrick Reed||United States||Doral, Florida|
|2013||Tiger Woods||United States||Doral, Florida|
|2012||Justin Rose||England||Doral, Florida|
|2011||Nick Watney||United States||Doral, Florida|
|2010||Ernie Els||South Africa||Doral, Florida|
|2009||Phil Mickelson||United States||Doral, Florida|
|2008||Geoff Ogilvy||Australia||Doral, Florida|
|2007||Tiger Woods||United States||Doral, Florida|
|2006||Tiger Woods||United States||The Grove, England|
|2005||Tiger Woods||United States||Harding Park, California, USA|
|2004||Ernie Els||South Africa||Mount Juliet, Ireland|
|2003||Tiger Woods||United States||Capital City, Georgia, USA|
|2002||Tiger Woods||United States||Mount Juliet, Ireland|
|2000||Mike Weir||Canada||Valderrama, Spain|
|1999||Tiger Woods||United States||Valderrama, Spain|
WGC Mexico Championship Key Stats
- Tiger Woods has won the WGC Mexico Championship more times than anyone else with seven
- At the same time, Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to win at least eight times in three different seasons
- Tiger’s three year reign of dominance between 2005 and 2007 is the longest sequence of consecutive wins
- The largest winning margin here was in 2006 when, you guessed it, Tiger Woods won by 8 shots
- Patrick Reed became the event’s youngest winner in 2014 when he took home the trophy aged 23 years and 216 days
- In contrast, Ernie Els was 40 years and 148 days when he won in 2010 and is the oldest ever winner here
- Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosenshared the lowest ever 18-hole score here when they shot a10 under in 2002
- All but one of the 19 winners in the tournament’s history were ranked inside the top 35 in the world at the time of their victory
WGC Mexico FAQs
❔ Is This a PGA Event or a European Tour Event?
Neither and both if you see what I mean. This is an event where the world's top golfers from all of the tours come together
➕ Is February a Good Time to Visit Mexico City Weather Wise?
February is pretty cool by Mexico City standards and rain is rare so the golfers should be fine
🍒 Is There a Cut Off in This Event?
No, there is no cut for player to miss or make in the WGC Mexico Championship
💲 What Happens if The Tournament Ends in a Tie?
Then the tied players will play a sudden death tie break, usually over the last three holes again
🎲 Can I Bet on There Being a Hole in One?
Yes, you sure can!
ThePuntersPage Final Say
With the PGA’s West Coast swing well behind us, the players, joined by those from the European Tour, fly out to Mexico City to the Club de Golf Chapultepec for this WGC event. This is a tournament that has changed venue seven times over its 20year history, hitting two continents along the way. Even its place in the calendar has been altered over time, once being played in either September or October before being moved to late February where it now remains. Because of this, it is one of the most anticipated events on the golf fanatic’s calendar and rightly so because it isn’t just the two big tour’s joining in, players from all of the tours compete in this one which make it tough to call a winner here.