The Mexico Open has been around since 1944, but for the first time ever, the PGA Tour has put it on its schedule.
There will be 132 PGA Tour golfers, a prize purse of $7.3 million, 500 FedExCup points at stake, and a beautiful weekend spent in Vallarta, Mexico. Also being awarded are spots in the PGA Championship and the 2023 Players Championship and Masters.
Joining the field is Jon Rahm, who made his PGA Tour debut in Mexico seven years ago.
Favorites to Win Mexico Open at Vidanta
- Jon Rahm (+350)
- Kevin Na (+2000)
- Gary Woodland (+2000)
- Abraham Ancer (+2000)
- Cameron Tringale (+2000)
- Tony Finau (+2200)
- Sebastian Munoz (+2500)
- Aaron Wise (+3000)
- Chris Kirk (+3500)
- Patrick Reed (+3500)
Why should you place a bet on Jon Rahm? Because he’s the obvious Mexico Open pick here. Sometimes going with the golfer who is heads and shoulders above the rest of the field is the only smart play.
Rahm has three top-10 finishes this season, including runner-up at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and he is the second-ranked player in the world. The next highest in this field is Abraham Ancer at 20th. Tony Finau is 25th. Kevin Na is ranked 32nd.
Simply put, no one else here is on Rahm’s level.
Why should you place a bet on someone other than Jon Rahm at the Mexico Open? Because it’s golf, and anything can happen. Because Ancer is playing in his home country and is carrying the banner for Mexico. Because Rahm, even as the No. 2 player in the world, has yet to win a tournament this year.
Longshots Worth a Look
Normally players at +2000 and +3000 would be considered longshots, but since Ancer, Tony Finau, and guys like Kevin Na and Gary Woodland are in the top-10, we’re not going to consider them Mexico Open longshots.
Carlos Ortiz, at +7000, qualifies. He has been sponsored by Vidanta since 2016, and his official title is Embajador de Vidanta Golf. The ambassador of Vidanta golf.
The Guadalajara native was a champion in the Greg Norman academy early in his career, and the course at Vidanta was designed by Norman. It’s more than just a connection. It’s a window into the kind of course that is built for Ortiz.
He is a Mexico Open longshot and just the 90th-ranked golfer in the world. But no one has more incentive this weekend than Ortiz.
One other golfer to consider is Matt Jones at +5500. This is a coastal course, subject to coastal winds, and Jones is good in those conditions. And his 2022 has been very good, finishing third at Kapalua, T15 at Riviera, and a T2 at San Antonio.
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