Mayakoba Classic: Notes, Odds Best Bets
Written by tokyoclub on November 4, 2021
The World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba begins Thursday at the El Camaleon Golf Course in Riviera Maya.
The 132-player field is one of the strongest of the young 2021-22 PGA Tour season, featuring four top-15 players in No. 7 Justin Thomas, No. 11 Tony Finau, No. 13 Brooks Koepka and No. 14. Abraham Ancer.
Only three events remain in the “fall swing” before the PGA Tour breaks until 2022.
WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY CHAMPIONSHIP AT MAYAKOBA
Riviera Maya, Mexico, Nov. 4-7
Course: El Camaleon Golf Course at Mayakoba (Par 71, 7,017 yards)
Purse: $7.2M (Winner: $1.296M)
Defending Champion: Viktor Hovland
FedEx Cup Leader: Sam Burns
TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel)
–Hovland birdied the 72nd hole to claim his second tour title last year and is attempting to become the first repeat champion in the event’s 15-year history.
–Eleven players who competed in the Ryder Cup in September are in the field.
–Sponsors exemptions include Thomas Detry, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, Guido Migliozzi and APGA star Willie Mack III. Migliozzi is a two-time winner on the European Tour who also tied for fourth at this year’s U.S. Open.
–Ancer and Carlos Ortiz are the top-ranked Mexican players in the field. Ortiz tied for eighth last year while Ancer finished T12.
–This is the third consecutive PGA Tour event played outside of the United States, following the Zozo Championship in Japan and the Bermuda Championship. Kramer Hickok, Garrick Higgo, Peter Malnati and Sepp Straka have entered all three events.
–The Mayakoba Classic has been decided by a single shot for four consecutive years.
–Thomas (1100 at DraftKings) shot a tournament-low 62 in tying for 12th last year. He finished T18 in his first start of this season at The CJ Cup.
–Hovland’s (1600) first two PGA Tour victories have come outside of the U.S. (Mexico, Puerto Rico) and he said this week he likes the typically slower pace of the greens.
–Ancer (1600) has a pair of top-10s in six previous starts in the event.
–Tony Finau (2000) has a pair of top-10s in five previous event starts, including T8 last year.
–Koepka (2500) has missed the cut in both of his previous starts at the Mayakoba. The four-time major champion is making his third start of the season.
NEXT WEEK: Houston Open, Houston, Nov. 11-14
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