The World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • The 15th edition of the PGA Tour’s annual trip south of the border to Mexico
  • Norway’s Viktor Hovland defends his title
  • Nine of the world’s top 25 players in the field led by tournament favorite Justin Thomas

The World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba Odds

Odds taken from BetMGM

Player Odds
Justin Thomas +1200
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Abraham Ancer +1600
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Viktor Hovland +1600
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Tony Finau +2500
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Aaron Wise +3000
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Billy Horschel +3000
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Brooks Koepka +3000
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Patrick Reed +3000
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Tyrrell Hatton +3000
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Matt Fitzpatrick +3300
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The World Wide Technology Championship Picks

Billy Horschel is the outright pick at +3300 with Caesar’s Sportsbook

Joel Dahmen can grab a top 20 at +275 with BetMGM

Take Matt Fitzpatrick in his match-up with Talor Gooch at -110 with DraftKings Sportsbook

The World Wide Technology Championship Predictions

This week witnesses the 15th visit of the PGA Tour to the Mayakoba Resort on the eastern coast of Mexico – and the field has never been better.

Originally the tournament was held in February, opposite the World Golf Championship Match Play event, but it quickly gained a foothold in the Fall schedule and this year has attracted a host of big names.

The American challenge is led by the major championship-winning qualities of Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, and Gary Woodland, and backed up by the upwardly mobile Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris, and Scottie Scheffler.

The Europeans have plenty of quality in their ranks too: the defending champion Viktor Hovland, plus his fellow Ryder Cuppers Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter, and Justin Rose.

There is also a strong duo for home fans to cheer on with both Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz now PGA Tour winners and multiple top 20 finishers in the tournament.

The host course, El Camaleon, is a popular one. It’s not long, but it asks big questions of the long game.

It sneaks between mangroves, jungle, and the ocean itself. The rough is tangly and there is also the unique threat of caves and sinkholes, sometimes off the fairways, other times in the middle of them.

Before Hovland won last year it was deemed to be a layout that favored the wise, often veteran, performers.

With such a strong field assembled this week will one of them emulate the Norwegian? Or will we see a return to old ways?

Horschel Can Claim Win Number Three in 2021

It’s been a superb year for 34-year-old Billy Horschel and there’s no reason why he can’t add to the glory this week.

He opened the New Year with a top 10 finish at Waialae, a course much like El Camaleon, and he rode the wave, finishing second at the WGC Workday Championship and then winning the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

It took him some time to return to the top 10 but, in the meantime, he made a hell of a lot of cuts.

He also performed well at two venues which act as good pointers for this week: he was in the top 10 for most of the week at Harbour Town (a test along similar lines) and he ranked top 10 for Strokes Gained Putting at Kiawah Island (on Paspalum grass which features on the greens at El Camaleon).

Early in the Fall, he put in a strong effort at the Tour Championship and a week later he claimed the European Tour’s prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Now he returns to a course he has enjoyed in the past.

In fact, in six visits to Mayakoba, he’s missed just one cut and has always made the top 30 when playing the weekend.

More impressive yet, he was tied eighth in 2019 and tied fifth 12 months ago.

Take him each way in the outright at +3300 with Caesar’s Sportsbook, the industry’s best price and paying out eight places.

Ideal Conditions for Dahmen

The fact that the greens this week feature Paspalum is not an overriding factor, but it’s very much an important one.

Ahead of his win last year Hovland had proved himself on the grainy grass when winning the Puerto Rico Open and another man who has never been fazed by it is Joel Dahmen.

Paspalum also features at Corales Puntacana where the 33-year-old from Washington recorded three top 15 finishes ahead of winning earlier this year.

He’s also enjoyed putting on that grass in this tournament, logging four weekends in four visits, including a best of tied sixth in 2019.

Since that win in March, he has played four rounds in 11 of 13 events and he can push on this week with the conditions in his favor.

Take him to make the top 20 with BetMGM offering +275 and paying out in full on ties.

Fitzpatrick Can Best Gooch

DraftKings has paired Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick with Talor Gooch this week and I’m happy to side with the former.

The head-to-head count in tournaments where both were playing gives Fitzpatrick a lead in their entire careers of 17-12 and since the start of 2020, that’s 12-9.

What really interests me is what is revealed when you scan results at events similar to this week.

On grainy greens (Bermuda and Papspalum), Fitzpatrick opens up an 8-2 advantage and on seaside layouts, he leads 4-1.

A closer look at Gooch’s career shows that he is not at his best at tracks like this week’s.

At Waialae, Harbour Town, and Sea Island he’s made only two top 50s in 10 starts with a best of T18th. At El Camaleon itself, he’s made two cuts but is yet to break the top 40.

Fitzpatrick has the historic advantage in this pairing – and I’d argue he has a big advantage in the conditions, too.

He’s worth supporting in this match bet at -110 with DraftKings.

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How to Watch The World Wide Technology Championship

The World Wide Technology Championship Information
Tournament The World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba
Location El Camaleon GC, Mayakoba Resort, Mexico
Time Thursday, November 4 – Sunday, November 7
How to watch Thursday & Friday 3pm & 6.30pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 2pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.

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