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Rafa Cabrera Bello
Volvo China Open
This week’s host is the Club de Golf Chapultepec, which is located just 10-miles from downtown Mexico City. Willie Smith a Scotsman who won the US Open Championship in 1899 designed the course that opened for play in 1921 and hosted the Mexican Open Championship 14-times between its inception in 1944 up until 1960.
Unfortunately Willie died of pneumonia in 1916 before the course was completed, fortunately another US Open Champion was on hand to take up the reins, Alex Smith – Willies brother – who won the US Open twice in 1906 and 1910 completed his brothers vision of a tight tree lined design. The course was completely redesigned by Percy Clifford in 1972, leaving little trace of its original layout.
There could certainly be some fireworks at the start of the rounds this weekend and especially for any challengers to the lead who want to get off to a quick start. The first is hole is a driveable par-4, while the final hole is just 388-yards played uphill and when you add in the altitude – the course its at 2.370 km altitude above sea level – both will surely make their mark on the tournament come Sunday.
Other highlights on the front nine include the long par four 4th that plays downhill and doglegs left, and the uphill par five 6th. The uphill 15th starts to bring the course to a fitting crescendo and along with the 16th and 17th offer a stern test before what will be a risk and reward 18th.
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My tips to Win:
Its the first WGC event of the year and that means the Top 50 players from the world golf rankings plus the leading players who havent qualified through the rankings from the four major tours will make up the 72-man field. So, its no surprise my first three picks to win the event are Rory McIlroy 13/2 with VBet Dustin Johnson 15/1 with UniBet and Jon Rahm 10/1 with SportingBet who all made the Top 20 at the weekends Genesis Invitational with Rory and Dustin in contention until the last few holes.
The more interesting odds come in this section with Sergio Garcia 45/1 with UniBet who had a seventh-place finish here last year and a twelfth place finish the first year the tournament moved to Mexico. Sergio comes into this week on the back of three Top 25 finishes on the European Tour two of which were Top 10 finishes and a solid weekend in his first PGA Tour start of the year.
Im sure being in a Spanish speaking country with its Latin vibe has helped some of the Spanish players feel at home here and with that in mind my next pick is Rafa Cabrera Bello 90/1 with UniBet who comes into this week on the back of a Top 20 finish at the Genesis Invitational, but he also had a third-place finish here last year. I am surprised to see Rafa this far down the betting lists, his putting maybe suspect under pressure but I think these could turn out to be very good odds.
I know Tyrrell Hatton 90/1 with 888Sport hasnt teed it up on either the European or PGA Tours so far this year, so I do understand why the bookies have put him this far down the betting odds. But with a Top 10 from his first start here, which he followed up with a third-place finish last year and a field of only 72-players with no cut, I think these are very good odds for the Englishman.
Try Lucas Herbert 200/1 with SkyBet
As always good luck
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