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PGA DFS Primer: World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba (2022)

by Matthew MacKay | @Matt_MacKay_ | Featured Writer
Nov 3, 2021
Talor Gooch

The PGA Tour will stay in the international territory on a different coast than Bermuda this weekend, traveling across the Caribbean to compete at El Camaleon Golf Club at the 2022 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Last week at the Butterfly Bermuda Championship, a couple of the players I recommended finished inside the top twelve, including Canadian Taylor Pendrith with a T5 (-12) finish and American Brian Gay finishing T12 (-10), overcoming an awful four-over-par outing in the first round. However, I liked other high-salaried players, such as Matt Fitzpatrick (T30/-6) and Christian Bezuidenhout (T57/-1), who struggled immensely throughout the weekend, managing to make the cut failing to return significant value in lineups.

El Camaleon Golf Club is a course that offers a much different layout than the one played last weekend at Port Royal, as the wind isn’t as much of a factor on every single hole. The fairways stretch longer, and the greens are comprised of different grass. In contrast, three different landscapes and obstacles constantly change from hole to hole, erasing any hope of establishing familiarity and comfort after getting into an early rhythm. Many of the association’s top golfers have returned to compete at the 2022 World Wide Technology Championship this weekend, creating a lot more opportunities to find hidden value.

Here are some of the best players to target that will help cash DFS lineups by the end of this weekend. Make sure to submit your lineups ahead of Round 1 that begins Thursday morning at El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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Previous Winners

  • 2021 – Viktor Hovland (-20)
  • 2020 – Brendon Todd (-20)
  • 2019 – Matt Kuchar (-22)
  • 2018 – Patton Kizzire (-19)
  • 2017 – Pat Perez (-21)

Course Overview

El Camaleon Golf Club is the latest stop on the 2022 PGA Tour, sprawling over 7,000 yards that wind through three unique areas of the tropical course. The par-71, 7,039-yard course has jungles, mangroves, and beachfront locations that constantly challenge golfers to adapt their shots. Designed by revered golf course architect Greg Norman, there are three Par 5s and four Par 3s, with canals weaving throughout each hole. Since the course is located on the coast, prevailing winds will challenge at different angles, particularly when on the coastal front.

Ball striking is a premium as always but finding players that can succeed with putting on Paspalum greens. At the same time, the rough is a shortened two inches that provide some relief amidst the wind and frequent bodies of water to navigate. In addition, sand bunkers flank many fairways and bunkers, meaning solid and accurate drives and irons will determine whether a player can remain under-par on a particular hole. Nailing the shortened par 3s and staying below par on some of the more challenging par 4s will be the recipe for staying atop the leaderboards at the 2022 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.

Relevant Betting Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
  • Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee
  • Driving Distance
  • Greens in Regulation (GIR) percentage
  • Sand save percentage

Recommended Plays: DraftKings

DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000

Talor Gooch ($9,900)
With his birthday right around the corner, Talor Gooch certainly has reason to celebrate. The 29-year old American has three finishes, all T11 or better, including a T5 finish (-21) at the CJ Cup @ Summit a couple of weeks ago during his most recent event. Gooch did not fare well in his last appearance at the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic, placing T57 (-3) and T41 (-5) in 2018, but his hot start should not be ignored in this case. Gooch excels in two statistics that are very important at Mayakoba, including ranking third in strokes gained tee-to-green (1.895) and 21st in greens in regulation (GIR) percentage (75%), which should keep him in the hunt for winning this weekend. It’s also nice that he is averaging 5.25 birdies per round, ranking 19th on Tour, meaning he will flood lineups with points. At under $10,000, Gooch is a solid value to invest in at Mayakoba.

Sergio Garcia ($8,900)
The savvy veteran will look to continue building on his performance at the CJ Cup @ Summit a couple of weeks ago, where he placed T25 (-17) after missing the cut at Sanderson Farms earlier in October. Garcia has a phenomenal GIR percentage (75%) and averages 314.4. yards per drive, among the best on Tour. In strokes gained off-the-tee and tee-to-green, the 41-year old Spaniard ranks inside the top 50 in both, meaning he has all of the tools and skills necessary to succeed at Mayakoba this weekend. Currently ranked 44th in the Official Golf World Rankings, Garcia is a steal at his $8,900 salary, meaning he has a high floor and the potential to produce a high ceiling for a great return on value in lineups this weekend.

Abraham Ancer ($10,700)
This weekend, Abraham Ancer will return to his native country, equipped with a hot putter and even better driving accuracy. A T14 (-19) finish at the CJ Cup @ Summit allowed him to shake off the missed cut at the Shriners Children’s Open, meaning the 30-year old Mexican enters this weekend with confidence and a unique skill set that could launch him atop the leaderboards. This is reflected in his salary, which is the third-highest on DraftKings. However, he placed T8 (-14) at Mayakoba in 2020 and will look to replicate that performance, despite shaky iron play, to start the 2022 PGA season.

Recommended Plays: FanDuel

FanDuel maximum salary is set at $60,000

Viktor Hovland ($11,800)
24-year old Norweigan Viktor Hovland returns to Mayakoba after winning the event outright last season, including a blistering eight-under-par third round that catapulted him to the top of the leaderboards. This season, Hovland looks just as good if not better, ranking seventh in strokes gained off-the-tee (.998), 37th in strokes gained putting (.596), and combining driving distance and accuracy to rank 31st or higher better in both statistical categories. Hovland is also averaging a scorching-hot 5.75 birdies per round, which is seventh-best on Tour. The cherry on top has to be the GIR percentage, of which Hovland is 12th (76.3%) on Tour and has all of the assets needed to win most events. His confidence level due to his past success and current momentum generated from a T18 (-18) finish at the CJ Cup @ Summit makes Hovland the best blue-chip prospect to pay up for in lineups at Mayakoba this weekend.

Matthew Wolff ($10,100)
Think of Matthew Wolff as a slightly cheaper version of Viktor Hovland, as the 22-year old American is first in driving distance (336 yards) and ninth in birdie average (5.50) while ranking 29th or better in all strokes gained categories excluding off-the-tee. This potent blend of driving, iron accuracy, and putting is enough to warrant plugging Wolff into lineups at Mayakoba, where he will make his course debut this weekend. He is a rising star on the PGA Tour, having finished second overall (-20) at the Shriners Children’s Open a month ago at his most recent event. Wolff is well-rested and sits at 10th in the FedExCup rankings, meaning he will not disappoint in lineups at Mayakoba.

Joaquin Niemann ($9,800)
We’ll stick with the youth for this last recommendation, which focuses on 22-year old Chilean golfer Joaquin Niemann. Niemann has not placed higher than a T28 finish in three events this season, returning after only one week off of his best performance at the ZoZo Championship. In his last two appearances at Mayakoba in 2020 and 2019, Niemann missed the cut and finished T60 (-5), meaning he is undoubtedly a bit of a risk in lineups. However, the salary is below $10,000. Furthermore, he has shown that he possesses some of the skills necessary for success at El Camaleon GC, including a 316.4-yard driving distance average and producing 4.67 birdies per round, which is 57th on Tour this year season. The combination of rest, improved play, and a reduced salary are enough to buy into Niemann overcoming his missed cut from 2020.

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