The World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship was pushed north of the border this year due to COVID-19. The event will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, as the WGC-Workday Championship. Below, we look at the 2021 Workday Championship odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions to win.
The 72-man field includes each of the top-15 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings. Patrick Reed (No. 15) looks to defend his WGC title in Mexico last year. Max Homa (No. 68) comes off a victory at last week’s Genesis Invitational.
The event takes center stage this week with the Puerto Rico Open hosting an alternate field at Grand Reserve Country Club in Rio Grande.
2021 WGC-Workday Championship picks – Favorite
Bryson DeChambeau (+2000)
DeChambeau missed the cut last week at 2-over par. It was his first MC since the Northern Trust at the beginning of last season’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. He slipped to 11th in the Golfweek rankings but has the eighth-best odds to win this week.
He won the 2015 NCAA Championship hosted here and has an experience edge over most of the field with this being the first PGA Tour event played at The Concession. DeChambeau also ranks second on Tour for the 2020-21 season with 2.32 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green per round.
The reigning U.S. Open champ was the runner-up at last year’s WGC in Mexico and later tied for 30th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. His all-or-nothing style is well-suited to the no-cut format of WGC events.
2021 WGC-Workday Championship picks – Contender
Will Zalatoris (+5000)
Zalatoris continues to fly up the Golfweek rankings and is No. 9 following his T-15 finish at the Genesis Invitational. He has finished outside the top 17 in just one of four events to open his 2021 schedule.
The 24-year-old one-time Korn Ferry Tour winner has never played in a WGC event, but he tied for sixth at last year’s U.S. Open against all of the same top competition. His odds are inflated from other events this season, but he has already proven his worth against similarly strong fields.
2021 WGC-Workday Championship picks – Long shot
Lee Westwood (+12500)
Westwood, 47, hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2010, but he won last year’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour over many of the world’s top golfers.
The veteran is averaging 0.46 SG: Putting through 19 measured rounds to go with 0.29 SG: Off-the-Tee. He tied for 13th at last year’s U.S. Open and was the runner-up at the Euro Tour’s marquee DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, in mid-December. He frequently contends in strong fields on both Tours despite poor recent results in WGC events.
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