Dustin Johnson trails Rory McIlroy on WGC-Mexico Championship odds


Dustin Johnson of the United States hits his tee shot on the 17th hole. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Dustin Johnson will be vying for his fourth WGC-Mexico Championship title in six years when he tees off at this year’s event as the +750 second favourite on the betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Johnson is coming off a respectable 10th-place finish at last weekend’s Gemini Invitational, but has failed to claim a win in 17 tournament appearances going into the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship taking place this weekend at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico.

The 35-year-old claimed victory a year ago by five strokes, marking the largest margin of victory at this tournament since Tiger Woods’ record-setting win by eight strokes back in 2006. However, Johnson has struggled to produce steady results since last year’s win, finishing better than 20th just twice in 11 outings since his second-place performance at the 2019 PGA Championship.

While Johnson battles to rediscover his touch, Rory McIlroy prepares for this weekend’s tournament pegged as a +650 favourite on the WGC-Mexico Championship odds at sports betting sites. McIlroy is coming off a fifth-place finish at The Genesis Invitational, which he entered as a +800 favourite.

That continues his steady presence among the top ten, which he has cracked in 18 of 23 tournament appearances since the start of the 2019 season. That run includes four tournament wins, most notably at the PLAYERS Championship and TOUR Championship. McIlroy also earned a second-place finish at last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship that marks his best-ever finish at this event.

Further down the WGC-Mexico Championship odds, Jon Rahm sits third at +1000, followed by Justin Thomas at +1100, and 2016 tournament winner Adam Scott at +1800.

Rahm struggled to a share of 17th place last weekend at the Genesis Invitational, and finished a distant 45th at this event a year ago. However, the 25-year-old Spaniard has otherwise enjoyed a steady start to 2020, recording four finishes in the top ten including a second-place performance at last month’s Farmers Insurance Open.

Thomas was the runner up at this event a year ago, and has notched five top-five finishes so far this season including wins at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and the Sentry Tournament of Champions. However, the 26-year-old American has failed to make the cut in two of his past three outings including last weekend at the Genesis Invitational.

Scott is joined at +1800 on the golf odds by Webb Simpson, just ahead of Hideki Matsuyama at +2000. Tommy Fleetwood joins Xander Schauffele at +2200, while 2014 tournament winner Patrick Reed lags at +4000 on the board.

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