The PGA Tour moves to Mexico for the Mexico Open, which is taking place in Puerto Vallarta.
Given the relative lack of prestige of this tournament, it’s not the strongest field that has been assembled with the highest-ranked players in the field being Rahm (ranked #2), Ancer (20), Finau (25), Na (32), Reed (33) and Tringale (49). But as we know with the PGA Tour, that will in no way impact upon the competitive nature of the action.
The Mexico Open is considered the country’s national golf championship. It was first contested in 1944 and boasts a number of famous winners. Having previously featured on the Tour de las Americas, the Korn Ferry Tour, and even the Challenge Tour, it became a PGA Tour Latino-America event in 2013 – and this year it’s been elevated to become an official PGA Tour event for the very first time. It is the second event in Mexico on the 2021-22 PGA Tour Schedule (after the Worldwide Technology Championship at Mayakoba).
Prize money $7.3m ($1.25m to the winner)
Mexico Open: The Course
The course at Vidanta Vallarta is a par 71 laid out over 7,456 yards. Designed by Greg Norman, it was opened in 2015. A resort-style course, there are large landing areas off the tee, with generous fairways. But there’s plenty of sand and water to keep the players honest. However, with little rough, there is the chance that some of the bigger hitters will be able to overpower the course and shoot some low numbers.
Mexico Open: The Weather
A totally dry week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 0%-0%-0%-0% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s, with very little cloud cover building during the week. Winds will be light, with maximum wind speeds reaching just 8-10mph.
Mexico Open: Value Bets
These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Kevin Na (each way): $26 with TopSport
Na did us a favour with a good Top 20 in the US Masters, and the South Korean appears to be another big fish in a little pond this week. The 38-year-old is a 5-time PGA Tour winner, winning in each of the past four seasons. He’s yet to repeat that feat in 2021-22, but has only started nine tournaments. Na played well enough in the RBC Heritage after Augusta (26th), but his highly accurate tee-to-green game should be well-served by this week’s course in Mexico. If he can get a few putts to drop, I think Na is a very good piece of value here in a pretty poor line-up, with good current form, and with some solid past efforts in these type of events.
Carlos Ortiz (each way): $51 with TopSport
Ortiz is an ambassador for the Vidanta Vallarta course, so it stands to reason that he should know the course better than most. Now playing both in front of home fans, and right in his own backyard, could be a great advantage for the Mexican, or a huge pressure. But Ortiz was 2nd in the PGA Tour’s previous Mexico event (Worldwide Technology Championship), and has two Top 10’s in the Mayakoba Classic – so he seems a player who can go well in such surroundings. He has a PGA Tour win to his name (2021 Houston Open), and looks to have the type of neat and tidy game that should fit well with this course. Needs to putt well, if he does then Ortiz can mount a challenge
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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