Review & Betting Guide For The Mexico Open at Vidanta


The PGA Tour now moves to Mexico and a new, but not so new, event on this years PGA Tour schedule. The Mexico Open was first played back in 1944 and notable winners of the tournament have been Roberto De Vicenzo who won the title three times, Tony Lema, Lee Trevino and Stewart Cink are all double winners and Ben Crenshaw is also a past champion.

This years event will be played at the Greg Norman designed signature course at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort. The Norman course runs by the Ameca River and can only be accessed by the worlds longest golf cart suspension bridge. Unlike a lot of resort courses the Norman course isn’t surrounded by lots of properties and sits on its own little parcel of land.

There are 15 lakes, 98 bunkers, huge sandy waste areas, indigenous vegetation, large undulating greens which are well protected by some vast bunkers. The greens range in size from average to huge with plenty of slope and contours – which includes tiers and valleys – and are raised with lots of false fronts. The course also has some forced carries and from the tips weighs in at 7,287 yards.

Notable holes to look out for are; the opening hole which is a 398 yard par 4 risk and reward hole with the fairway horseshoeing around a lake with 2 big bunkers in the landing zone, three more guarding the raised and contoured green, plus 3 large oblong shaped bunkers on the left front side of the green.

The 15th is a challenging 459-yard par 4 with water running from tee to green, there are also 8 bunkers, including a huge waste bunker on the left and a bunker in the middle of the fairway, and then there are 4 more to contend with that surround the green.

My tips to Win:

Jon Rahm 5/1 – with bet365

Abraham Ancer 20/1 – with 10Bet

Tony Finau 25/1 – with 10Bet

Each-way tips:

Sebastian Munoz 33/1 – with Bet365

Cameron Champ 60/1 – with 10Bet

Outside tip:

Aaron Rai 70/1 – with 10Bet

Longer odds:

Try Hank Lebioda 160/1 – with Bet365

As always good luck

James Mason

James Mason is a 5 handicap golfer and Editor of and PGR Magazine, he is also contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer and has appeared on several BBC sports programs and PGA Tour radio.

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