The PGA Tour continues this week in Mexico for the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba, El Camaleon GC, Playa de Carmen, Mexico.
The 132 field will all be competing around this par 71, parkland course for the $7.2m purse with the winner collecting the title and $1.2m.
Viktor Hovland secured his second PGA Tour victory here last year and returns to defend his title this year.
The weather is forecast to be very pleasant throughout with warm and sunny conditions and little or no breezes.
This event will be screened live on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix with live coverage starting at 7pm GMT on Thursday.
With a host of big names in attendance this week in Mexico let’s try and narrow it down and pick the winner.
For my first and main selection I’m going to advise Abraham Ancer 18/1 EW Bet365.
The 30yr old Mexican will thrive in the conditions this week on home soil and can have all his fans celebrating in style on Sunday with another victory on the PGA Tour.
Ancer is a model of consistency and is has appeared on so many leaderboards this year. With far too many Top 20, and Top 10 finishes to mention I’ll narrow it down to just his Top 5s which include a victory at the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational just a couple of months back.
That remains his only PGA victory to date but he has finished runner-up on so many other occasions. 4th at the Travelers Championship, 2nd at the Wells Fargo Championship, 5th at the Valspar Championship and 5th at The American Express – that’s just this year.
Other notable performances worth a mention include T8th at The USPGA Championship and 26th at The Masters.
He has good figures at this event; 9th-21st-8th and 12th in his last four attempts but returns here as a PGA champion and can use his precision and accuracy to collect his second title to the delight of the home crowd.
For my next pick I’m going to single out Justin Thomas 14/1 EW Bet365.
The 28yr old from Kentucky is currently No.7 in the World Rankings and has finished inside the Top 25 at seven of his last nine starts.
He also has a victory to his name this year when winning The Players Championship amongst the world’s golfing elite.
His most notable recent performances include 4th at The Tour Championship and 4th at The Northern Trust.
I just feel that Thomas is due another victory anytime soon and this venue is all set up for his game.
He is almost double the odds he was here last year when finishing T12th and can leave those bookies scratching there heads with the generosity this time around.
For my next suggestion I’m going to look for some value and for that reason I’ll include Maverick McNealy 50/1 EW Ladbrokes.
The 25yr old from California is still looking for that elusive maiden PGA title but has come so close on a few occasions this year; 2nd at the Fortinet Championship and 2nd at the AT&T Pebble Beach.
He was also 4th at the RBC Heritage so it’s fair to say he’s been knocking on the door.
He finished T12th at this event last year so knows his way around this track.
I’m thinking that even if not winning then he will certainly be challenging on the back nine at Sunday's final round so the 50/1 on offer could represent terrific place money especially with 1-8 places available with Ladbrokes.
Russell Knox v Alex Noren
For my final selection, it’s the customary matchbet and this week I want to continue the amazing run of form for the Nap so I’ll advise Russell Knox to get the better of Alex Noren 10/11 Nap Betfair.