Best bets for Mayakoba Golf Classic

By Wes Reynolds  ( 

November 2, 2021 08:29 PM
Lucas Herbert survived windy conditions to win his first PGA Tour event and second worldwide this year at the Bermuda Championship at 66-1 by one stroke over Danny Lee and Patrick Reed. Herbert not only earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption but also an invitation to his first Masters. The Australian also returns this week at 80-1 as part of a much stronger field (seven of the Top 20 OWGR are playing) in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. 
An excellent field has been put together south of the border for the third-to-last event of 2021 on the PGA Tour. Justin Thomas (12-1) returns to Mayakoba and finished tied for 12th on debut last year. Viktor Hovland (18-1) also returns as the event's defending champion. Abraham Ancer (20-1) broke through earlier this summer to win his first PGA Tour event at the WGC: FedEx St. Jude Invitational and would love to take this one in Mexico, where he was raised. Speaking of a breakthrough, Tony Finau (25-1) earned his first PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust in August and was T-8 here last year. October and November are Tyrrell Hatton's (28-1) time of year as five of his seven worldwide professional wins have come during those months. Billy Horschel (30-1) is aiming for his third victory in 2021 with triumphs at the WGC: Dell Match Play and the BMW Championship and was T-5 here last year. Brooks Koepka (33-1) missed this cut last year and does not come in on great form but has drifted up to a price that will attract betting interest. 
The Mayakoba Golf Classic debuted on the PGA Tour in February 2007 as an alternate event that was held opposite of the WGC Match Play. In 2013, the event was moved to November as part of the PGA Tour's Fall Series. With that move, the tournament became designated as a "full event," meaning full FedEx Cup points would be allocated along with a Masters invitation for the winner and over a 60 percent increase in the purse. The current $7.2 million purse is more than double that of the inaugural event. Earlier this year, St. Louis-based technology services provider World Wide Technology signed on as the title sponsor through 2027. 
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