Golf Tips: Best bets for Mexico Open and Korea Championship

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
Masters winner Jon Rahm
Masters winner Jon Rahm is the favourite at this week's Mexico Open

Get tips from Betfair golf betting experts Steve Rawlings, Dave Tindall and more as they pick best bets for Mexico Open and Korea Championship...

  • Steve Rawlings backs Rahm to defend in Mexico

  • Dave Tindall thinks Rodgers is ready

  • Look to Lagergren for FRL in Korea

  • Chez Reavie leads long odds bets at 229/1

  • Birthday boy Westwood backed at 125/1 in LIV event


  • Mexico Open at Vidanta: Red-hot Rahm looks to defend

    Steve Rawlings says: "The wind got up in the afternoons last year and an early start on Thursday proved beneficial.

    "With the course at its pristine best on day one, the early starters on day one averaged 69.18, compared to the afternoon wave's 71.29 (a difference of 2.21 strokes) and overall, the AM-PM side of the draw averaged 1.52 strokes better than those that began the tournament on Friday afternoon so keeping an eye on the weather forecasts is a worthwhile exercise.

    "Jon Rahm was one of six players to open up the event with a seven-under-par 64 and he was never headed after that but I wouldn't rule out an off the pace winner...

    "How someone views Rahm's price is to a certain extent dependent on whether they've been backing him over the last six months or so.

    Anyone that hasn't been backing him while he's been winning almost 50% of the tournaments he's played in since October last year is going to struggle to press the blue button.

    I missed his win in Spain that kicked off the run and I didn't back him when he won at Riviera in February but having backed him before the off when he won in Dubai, Hawaii, California and Augusta, I'm happy to roll the dice again at a price I thought was fair in such a weak field."

    Back Jon Rahm @

    3.9

    Mexico Open Each-Way Tips: Rodgers looks ready

    Dave Tindall says: "Patrick Rodgers sits 33rd in Driving Distance this year and although many may have given him too many chances, the Californian could be entering his peak years.

    "Still just 30, he's racked up seven top 25s this season and that includes top 10s at two other coastal tracks: tied third in the Bermuda Championship and tied 10th in the RSM Classicc.

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    "Rodgers was also solo fifth in the Valero Texas Open - another Norman design - two starts ago and backed that up with tied 19th at the RBC Heritage.

    And then there's his tied 10th place here last year when he entered the final day in fourth spot. Speaking after round three, Rodgers said: "'I feel like the golf course suits me pretty well. It's long and you really have to pick your spots.'"

    Back Patrick Rodgers e-w @

    25/1

    Find Me a 100 Winner: In-form Reavie chanced at Vidanta

    Steve Rawlings says: "Chez Reavie,the 41-year-old, went 11 years between wins number one and two, but he followed up his win in the Travelers Championship in 2019 with a comprehensive victory in the Barracuda Championship last summer and he's trending nicely towards a third victory in five years.

    "Reavie arrives in Mexico on the back of a sixth place finish in the Valero Texas Open and an impressive 11th at the RBC Heritage two weeks ago, after he'd sat 92nd after round one.

    "Reavie finished 13th in last year's inaugural edition at Vidanta Vallarta so he's shown an aptitude for the venue and in what is a weak looking renewal if we take out the defending champ, I couldn't understand why he's trading at more than 100 points higher on the exchange than he does anywhere on the High Street."

    Back Chez Reavie @

    230.00

    Mexico Open 2023: Form stats

    Andy Swales says: "First staged in 1944, Mexico's national championship has appeared on many Tour schedules.

    "These include the tours of Latin America, Challenge Tour and Web.com Tour - before it changed its name to the Korn Ferry Tour.

    "Laid out around half a mile from the country's Pacific coastline, this resort course at Vallarta is approximately 200 miles from Guadalajara, and 550 from the country's capital Mexico City.

    "Tony Finau was Runner-up 12 months ago, and the second highest-ranked golfer teeing-up this week."

    Player to Watch: Tony Finau @

    10.0

    Korea Championship: Look to last week for contenders

    Steve Rawlings: "Kim Seung-hyuk was eight clear with a round to play when winning the inaugural edition of the Genesis Championship here in 2017 and Kim Tae-hoon had been four in front before winning by two in 2020 but the other four winners all came from off the pace and outside the top-four places with a round to go.

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    "The 2018 winner, Lee Tae-hee, trailed by five before a 67 in round four saw him win by two, the last two winners, Jaekyung Lee (2021) and Kim Young-so (2022), trailed by four and three strokes respectively, and Sungjae Im trailed by seven through 54 holes in 2019, before going on to win by two...

    "Grant Forrest has been in consistently good form of late, producing form figures reading 6-13-11-4 and that's by some distance his best run of form since he won the Hero Open back in 2021.

    "He'll be a bit disappointed by his finish on Sunday given he hit the front early in round four and that he was matched at low of 2.02 but he can learn from that and kick on here."

    Back Grant Forrest @

    46.0

    Korea Championship Each-Way Tips: Migliozzi can pinch an Inch

    Matt Cooper says: "Guido Migliozzi has shown a fondness for visual tests framed by water and this one might also fit his eye given that 10 holes have drives and/or approaches for which water hazards threaten to gobble up errant balls.

    "The most obvious example of the above was when he won last year's Open de France at Le Golf National in such exceptional style, but he also forced a play-off at the Belfry in 2021.

    What of blustery conditions? His first decent round of note on the DP World Tour was a 66 at windy Verdura in the 2018 Sicilian Open (when T26th), he was fourth at breezy Al Mouj in the 2020 Oman Open, second at Education City in the 2021 Qatar Masters and opened this year with 65-69 to tie the halfway lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    "He lost form after that bright start to the year but opened 69-68-64 last week to sit four back with 18 holes to play. He closed with a 73 for T23rd but it was a step in the right direction and with the Italian Open next week he'll be motivated to ride the wave."

    Back Guido Migliozzi e-w @

    40/1

    Korea Championship First-Round Leader Tips: Look to Lagergren

    Dave Tindall says: "With the Old Course in mind, I'm drawn towards Joakim Lagergren given his brilliant record (a quartet of top fours) in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship where two of the four rounds are at St Andrews.

    "If all this seems tenuous, perhaps more meaty is the fact that the Swede showed some recent form when sixth in a South African Tour event two appearances ago.

    "The relevance of that is heightened by the fact that it was played on another Jack Nicklaus track (Steyn City).

    And, in terms of this market, it's notable that Lagergren has been starting fast."

    Back Joakim Lagergren e-w for FRL @

    80/1

    Korea Championship 2023: Form stats

    Andy Swales says: "This beautifully-crafted course has also staged tournaments on the over-50s Champions Tour, the LPGA Tour, as well as the Korean Tour - most recently in 2022.

    "Both fairways and greens are seeded with Bent grass, while sand is in abundance. Sizeable water hazards are present on 11 holes, and are particularly prevalent on the back-nine...

    "Rasmus Hojgaard is making only his fourth start of the year, although each of the previous three all yielded top-20s. Is a three-time winner at this level, but without a victory for 20 months."

    Player to Watch: Rasmus Hojgaard @

    19.0

    LIV Golf Singapore Tips: Birthday treat for Westwood at 125/1

    Matt Cooper says: "It's been a big week for Lee Westwood who turned 50 on Monday...

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    "The Serapong Course at Sentosa is a par-71 at 7,436 yards and it is quite demanding from the tee, with blustery winds plus water and/or sand down the fairways.

    Westwood, an exceptional ball-striker, has played it three times and finished second, eighth and fifth.

    He really enjoys playing golf in this steamy, humid region of Asia with sticky grass. In Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia he's teed it up 27 times landing 14 top fives, seven of them wins.

    "Many of those fields won't have been deep but then neither is this one. This could be the week his 2023 finds its mojo."

    Back Lee Westwood e-w @

    125/1

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