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WGC Mexico Championship 2019

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Tiger Woods will make his third start of the year at the WGC Mexico Championship 2019, an event he’s won seven times. It’s a strong field that includes plenty of big names like Dustin Johnson.

Experienced and amateur bettors alike will lock in wagers on this star-studded event that brings together the top players to compete at this challenging course. It’s a strong field that includes plenty of big names like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

Chez Reavie, Tyrell Hatton, and Alexander Bjork have the earliest 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship tee times at 12:03 p.m. ET on Thursday. Thomas, last year’s runner-up, is going off as the favorite in the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship odds at 9-1, followed closely by Johnson at 10-1. McIlroy is close behind at 11-1, so there is plenty of value to be had this weekend.

Before locking in any WGC Mexico Championship 2019 picks of your own or entering a PGA DFS contest on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, first check out the PGA predictions from SportsLine’s proven model. WGC Mexico Championship 2019.

Now that the field for the WGC Mexico Championship 2019 is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a seven-time winner of this event, doesn’t even crack the top 10.

Woods is making just his second start in a World Golf Championship event since 2014. Last season, he finished 31st at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. And despite winning this tournament on seven different occasions, Woods is making his first competitive start in Mexico.

That doesn’t bode well for Woods, who will be playing a course that sits nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. The significant elevation change will cause players to be accurate with their drives off the tee, an area where Woods struggled mightily last season. In fact, Woods finished last season ranked 127th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy percentage (59.35). There are far better values to be had in this loaded WGC Mexico 2019 field.

Koepka enters just his fourth tournament of 2018-19 PGA schedule with an Official World Golf Ranking of No. 2. Despite making just three previous starts on the PGA Tour this season, the two-time U.S. Open champion has already earned a victory, finishing on top of the leaderboard at The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

Featured groups

  • 12:39 p.m. — Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka (No. 10)
  • 12:51 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson (No. 10)
  • 1:51 p.m. — Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed (No. 1)
  • 2:03 p.m. — Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer (No. 1)

Other notable tee times

  • 12:51 p.m. — Russell Knox, Jordan Spieth, Satoshi Kodaira (No. 1)
  • 1:03 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Tommy Fleetwood (No. 10)
  • 1:27 p.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren (No. 10)
  • 1:39 p.m. — Marc Leishman, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama (No. 1)
  • 1:15 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Paul Casey, Rafa Cabrera Bello (No. 1)

Rounds 1 — Thursday

Round starts: Noon

Featured groups: Noon-7 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Featured holes: 3-6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live

Live TV coverage: 2-7 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 2-7 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com

This tournament has produced, too, with a D.J. win in 2017 followed by a J.T.-Phil Mickelson playoff last season. Speaking of those three, they’ll all play together in the first two rounds of the tournament as one of the four featured groups. Tiger gets pal DeChambeau as well as the top-ranked Mexican player in the world, Abraham Ancer.

The star power doesn’t end there, though. Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson are a trio, and so are Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed. Interestingly, Jordan Spieth — coming in off an 81 at Riviera on Sunday — is not part of the featured groups coverage. That’s the first time I can remember that happening in quite a while.

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