Viktor Hovland will attempt to win the World Wide Technology Championship for the third straight year at this week's PGA Tour stop. Check out our top World Wide Technology Championship picks below.
Recently demoted to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Scottie Scheffler is still the top-ranked player in this week's field at El Camaleon Golf Course at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Collin Morikawa (No. 9), Hovland (No. 11), and Tony Finau (No. 14) join Scheffler as top-15 golfers in the field. Hovland is the two-time defending champion of this event.
This week's event follows a down week on the PGA Tour in which Seamus Power won the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Several of the top stars are back in action with this being the third-to-last full-field event on the PGA Tour's fall swing.
Here are our top picks and predictions for the 2022 World Wide Technology Championship based on the odds at our top-rated sportsbooks.
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World Wide Technology Championship Odds
World Wide Technology Championship Odds Analysis
The odds on Morikawa to win this week have come down across the board since opening as high as +1800 via DraftKings Sportsbook. He's now a consensus fourth by the odds to win this week; however, this is still relative value as he's the second-ranked golfer in the field by the measure of the OWGR.
Maverick McNealy and Taylor Montgomery are among those who've seen their odds rise through the week at most books.
World Wide Technology Championship Picks
El Camaleon Golf Course Profile
Architect: Greg Norman
Last year, Hovland's 72-hole score of 23-under par was the best of the 39 golfers who shot minus-10 or better. Nineteen golfers broke 70 in each of their four rounds, including Charl Schwartzel, who finished just T-45. Matthew Wolff shot a tournament-low round of 61 in Round 1, while Hovland took control with a third-round 62.
Twelve of 18 holes played below par last year. The easiest was the 532-yard, par-5 13th at a scoring average of 4.334 with 22 eagles carded over the tournament. Two of the six holes that played over par came in the closing three-hole stretch. The 515-yard, par-4 16th played an average of 0.298 strokes over par as the most difficult hole on the course.
Five of the 11 par 4s exceed 450 yards with another three shorter than 400 yards. The four par 3s range from 116 to 200 yards. The three shorter than 200 yards each played below par in 2021.
World Wide Technology Championship Key Stats
- Strokes gained: approach
- SG: off-the-tee
- Birdie-or-better percentage
- Par-4 efficiency: 450-500 yards
- SG: around-the-green
Only two of the 21 golfers who finished T-15 or better last year averaged more than 300 yards off the tee. Of those 21 golfers, seven hit at least 65% of fairways. We'll lean to driving accuracy over distance when considering SG: off-the-tee. However, we're prioritizing SG: approach as our top stat of the week. Ten of the 21 golfers to finish T-15 or better in 2021 hit at least 70% of greens in regulation.
Despite his back-to-back wins in this event, Hovland ranks second in this field in course history. His 2.34 true total strokes gained on the field per rounds across 12 rounds trail Adam Long's 2.34 strokes gained per round. Hovland missed the cut in back-to-back appearances before winning in each of the last two years. Long tied for 22nd last year but finished T-2 and T-3 in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Who Will Win the World Wide Technology Championship?
Collin Morikawa (+1600)
Morikawa is fourth by the consensus odds at either +1500 or +1600. As mentioned, the two-time major champion is the second-ranked golfer in the field by the measure of the OWGR. While he went winless last season, we're being offered odds far too long to ignore this week.
Morikawa hasn't played this event or course before, but he sets up as an excellent fit. Across the last 12 rounds for everyone in this field, Morikawa ranks third with 1.56 SG: approach per round. He's also gaining strokes around the green and is third in driving accuracy in that time. His only drawback of late has been poor putting. We know that's not going to be a consistent issue for him.
Russell Henley (+4500)
Bettors and sportsbooks would look at Henley much differently had he been able to win over Hideki Matsuyama in January's Sony Open in Hawaii. As a result of that loss on the first playoff hole, Henley is still without a victory since April 2017.
Despite seeming to be an excellent course fit year over year, Henley hasn't had great results in this event. He missed the cut in back-to-back appearances in 2019 and 2020, with those bracketed by a T-29 finish in 2018 and a T-56 last year. However, Henley ranked second on the PGA Tour in SG: approach per round last year and he enters this week No. 1 in driving accuracy across his last 12 rounds.
The main selling point on Henley, though, is the market value. He opened with odds as high as +600 via DraftKings, but the +4500 still available there are the best in the market.
Aaron Rai (+8000)
Rai, 27, has never won on the PGA Tour, but he's a two-time winner on the then-European Tour. The Englishman enters the week 151st in the OWGR after peaking at No. 70 in 2021. He's coming off a T-54 finish last week and previously had a T-5 finish at the DP World Tour's DS Automobiles Italian Open.
Like with Henley, we're getting excellent value with Rai via DraftKings. FanDuel and PointsBet are both offering odds of +6000.
Rai tied for 15th in his debut at this event last year. He also leads this field in SG: approach and ranks fifth in driving accuracy across everyone's last 12 rounds.
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World Wide Technology Championship picks made on 10/31/2022 at 4:45 p.m. ET.