2018 WGC-Mexico Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 WGC-Mexico Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips


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We have your 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.



We're on to our first World Golf Championships event of the year, with the Club de Golf Chapultepec -- a cult favorite from last year -- hosting the WGC-Mexico Championship for the second year of the event. It'll remain difficult to get a full grasp of the course after seeing just four competitive rounds there, but that's our job this week. This is Riviera, in Mexico, at 7,500 feet of elevation. So do with that what you want, but the ball is going to fly far, distance judgment will be tough and putting will be tricky.

Dustin Johnson is defending champion this week, while Tommy Fleetwood was runner-up from a year ago. We're without Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, who are skipping on a voluntary basis, but most of the rest of the top 50 in the world is south of the border for a $10 million purse.

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2018 WGC-Mexico Championship rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Dustin Johnson -- Sticking with DJ in the top slot, but he's been kinda not good in his last two Sundays in meaningful spots. I'll consider that a blip on the radar.


2. Justin Thomas -- JT had been saying he'd been playing well but hadn't seen it in the results. Then he won at Honda and was basically first in every significant statistical category.

3. Alex Noren -- I'm on the Noren Train, baby. Love what I'm seeing from him each time out, and he's so close to a win he can taste it.

4. Tommy Fleetwood -- Fleetwood seemingly gets little credit for his work, but he looked very good at Honda. Ballstrikers fare well at CGC.

5. Jon Rahm -- Rahm has been struggling on Sundays of late, so perhaps this is ranking him too highly. But his ceiling is absurd, and he has the game to win at will.

6. Phil Mickelson -- Mickelson has posted top-six finishes in his last three PGA Tour starts. The man is enthused.

7. Justin Rose -- I would rank Rose higher, but I just haven't seen much of him this year. Great finishes when he plays, but he hasn't played much.

8. Jordan Spieth -- Spieth could be a touch higher, but I'm seeing him without his best game at the moment. Like JT did, he will come around soon enough.

9. Patrick Cantlay -- Cantlay's ballstriking is superior, and his putting is, well, not. But he should do very well in well-framed fairways in Mexico.

10. Paul Casey -- Have to remain high on Casey given his worldwide form is so consistently good.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Justin Rose - $9,700
  2. Alex Noren - $8,800
  3. Patrick Cantlay - $8,700
  4. Paul Casey - $8,400
  5. Kyle Stanley - $7,200
  6. Shubhankar Sharma - $7,000

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