Just two tournaments remaining on the PGA TOUR schedule for 2021, and this week’s it’s the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in Mexico. The games biggest names are featured in 2021 Mayakoba odds, led by Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and defending champion Viktor Hovland.
The strongest field on the event’s 15th anniversary will tee it up at El Camaleon Golf Club as 11 of the top-25 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are playing in the 132-player field.
2021 Mayakoba Odds
Notable Golfers in the World Wide Technology Championship
Top-25 players in the Official World Golf Rankings include:
- Justin Thomas (7)
- Tony Finau (10)
- Brooks Koepka (11)
- Abraham Ancer (14)
- Harris English (15)
- Daniel Berger (16)
- Viktor Hovland (17)
- Tyrrell Hatton (18)
- Billy Horschel (20)
- Scottie Scheffler (23)
- Patrick Reed (24)
Also, top-50 players Matt Fitzpatrick, Joaquin Niemann, Matthew Wolff, Will Zalatoris, Marc Leishman, Ryan Palmer, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Brian Harman and Ian Poulter return to competitive action in Mexico. Bermuda Championship third-round leader Taylor Pendrith is also in the field.
Top finishers returning from last year’s event include:
- Viktor Hovland (Won)
- Aaron Wise (2)
- Tom Hoge (T3)
- Adam Long (T3)
- Billy Horschel (T5)
- Harris English (T5)
- Carlos Ortiz (T8)
- Tony Finau (T8)
- Brendon Todd (T8)
- Emiliano Grillo (T8)
- Justin Thomas (T12)
- Abraham Ancer (T12)
- Maverick McNealy (T12)
The last four winners all won the event by one shot — Viktor Hovland, Brendan Todd, Matt Kuchar and Patton Kizzire. Winning scores the last two years were 20-under par, and Brendon Todd won on a rain-soaked course. Runner-ups include Aaron Wise, Carlos Ortiz, Adam Long and Rickie Fowler. This year’s event advance forecast shows up to a 40% chance of rain showers during Thursday and Friday’s rounds.
COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFO
- Course: El Camaleon Golf Club
- Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Date: Nov.4-7, 2021
- Par: 71 / Yardage 7,017
- Purse: $7.2 Million / Winner $1.3 Million
- Fairways/Rough: Paspalum turfgrass
- Greens: Paspalum
- TV: Golf Channel
- Twitter: @WWTatMayakoba
Golf legend Greg Norman designed the El Camaleon masterpiece along the Riviera Maya coast. Despite some tighter fairways and potential wind, scores have been low with the average winning score over the last five events just over 20-under par. The course design and layout takes players through three distinct landscapes – tropical jungle, dense mangroves, and sand-lined oceanfront including to the edge of the Caribbean Sea on hole No. 7. The design even incorporates a cenote – an underground cavern common to the area – into the heart of the first fairway.
Driving accuracy is rewarded and sets players up for scoring, but it’s precision iron play on approach, shot-making and putting on Paspalum that bring out the lowest scores. There are six holes with water hazards and some unplayable rough and trouble spots with mangroves. Every winner over the past five years as ranked top 10 in Par-4 Scoring. There are three par 5s that are reachable for most players. The greens tend to be grainy and slower, but the green complexes are among the easiest on Tour.
Fantasy National stats show the six toughest holes are all par 4s with a birdie average near 10% — No. 14, 16, 5, 12, 1 and 18.
Comp courses to consider include Norman-designed TPC San Antonio for the Valero Open where Jordan Spieth won this year and Charley Hoffman was runner-up. Also, the paspalum greens at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia are a comparable course fit, and Marc Leishman won when the event was last held in 2018 with top-5 finishes earned by Abraham Ancer, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland. The Corales Golf Club for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship is another course with paspalum greens.
Check out the water and views, including on hole 3, which is a short but challenging par 4 with two forced carries.
Some key stats to target include Greens in Regulation Gained, Fairways and Opportunities Gained along with Strokes Gained Approach and Putting on Paspalum.