Betting: Thomas can ‘justify’ favouritism at WGC event in Mexico

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Betting: Thomas can ‘justify’ favouritism at WGC event in Mexico

Justin Thomas, our man for Mexico this week

THE first World Golf Championship of the year commences in Mexico City this week.

18-time World Golf Championship winner Tiger Woods will make his competitive debut in Mexico, joining a stellar field.

Woods will be paired with Bryson DeChambeau and Abraham Ancer, the first Mexican to win the Australian Open through Thursday and Friday’s opening two rounds at Chapultepec Golf Club.

Forty three-year-old Woods is sure to attract huge galleries and media attention this week, but at 20/1 doesn’t represent much by way of value.

Another America, Justin Thomas, makes plenty of appeal. Thomas loves Mexico.

During his two appearances in this event he has finished no lower than tied fifth, and last year he narrowly lost out to eventual champion Phil Mickelson in a play-off.

The American also holds the course record at Chapultepec Golf Club after his third round of 62 last year, and the 25 year old has the lowest scoring average of any player over the past two seasons in Mexico.

At 9/1, he is a short price, but his record in the event makes Thomas impossible to ignore.