At pre-tournament odds of + 750, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, winning by two strokes over our tip of Billy Horschel and Sam Burns. Cantlay, despite losing two playoffs in 2022 (Phoenix Open and Heritage), has four PGA Tour victories in the last 11 months. Meanwhile, Schauffele earned his first PGA Tour victory since January 2019 (Tournament of Champions) and continues to win in either smaller field events or events with different formats such as the Zurich.
This week, the PGA Tour returns to a stroke-play tournament format with a new event at the Mexico Open. Overall, the strength of the field is quite weak. The Mexico Open brings an unknown course and a long plane ride to next week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, so it’s easy to see why few top-ranked players chose to make the trip.
World No. 2 Jon Rahm (9-2) is the favorite. After Daniel Berger withdrew Monday with a back injury, the second choice on the board is Abraham Ancer (16-1), who is a citizen of both Mexico and the United States. Tony Finau checks in at 20-1 and is followed by Gary Woodland (22-1), Kevin Na (25-1), Patrick Reed (28-1) and Cameron Tringale (33-1). Only seven of the OWGR top 50 are making the trip to Vallarta, Mexico.
Despite this being a first-time PGA Tour event in its current form, the Mexico Open was first played as the Mexican Open in 1944 at the Club de Golf Chapultepec. It was an event on the Tour de las Americas from 2003 to 2006 (co-sanctioned by the European Challenge Tour from 2004 to 2006). It became a Nationwide Tour event in 2008. Then in 2013, the tournament was moved to March and became an official event for PGA Tour Latinoamerica at Club de Golf Mexico.