33/134.00 Cameron Champ should enjoy this track
66/167.00 Monday qualifier Peter Kuest has incentive
33/134.00 Akshay Bhatia is a Paspalum specialist
They say designers build courses to suit how they would play them in their pomp and that's an interesting angle as the man behind this week's layout is none other than Tiger Woods!
That immediately tells us that this regular PGA Tour stop is moving away from its regular home of El Camaleon at Mayakoba.
That was a short and tight par 71 designed by Greg Norman while Tiger's track, El Cardonal at Diamante, is a much more open par 72 that measures 7,452 yards.
A few lines from the official website.
"Diamante is a world-class golf destination in the bustling, ocean-side resort town of Cabo San Lucas."
"The design of El Cardonal was inspired by the classic Golden Age courses of the west coast that Tiger played growing up."
"With dramatic long-range views of the Pacific Ocean, this championship course offers wide landing areas that provide different angles and options to approach the greens."
It's a hilly walk, wind is a factor (although there's nothing dramatic this week) and the course usually plays firm and fast. Like El Camaleon, it also features grainy paspalum grass on the greens so past from this event shouldn't be dismissed too readily.
So often at this time of year, the favourites perform strongly so I'm certainly keen on two of the three market leaders: Ludvig Aberg and Sahith Theegala.
Aberg is already a winner on the DP World Tour and has been outside the top 15 just once in his last five PGA Tour starts, placing second and fourth in two of those.
Theegala did make his big breakthrough on the PGA Tour recently when capturing the Fortinet Championship in California. It's a leap to say that Silverado is like this one but the California link is there and there will be some similarities.
It's also perhaps a little questionable to bring The Plantation Course in Hawaii to mind but mentions of the coast, windy conditions, undulating terrain, wide fairways and massive greens are all trotted out when previewing the Hawaii event.
I can't quite shake Tiger's words about the West Coast so let's open with a punt on Cameron Champ despite his poor show when tipped for the ZOZO Championship in Japan.
A huge hitter with a black father and grandfather, Champ would be an appropriate winner on the first Tiger course to be used on the PGA Tour and one of his victories, the Safeway Open, came in the Golden State
More practically, this course should very much suit his game. As well as the California visuals/comparison, he's recorded three top 10s in his last five starts in Mexico and placed 11th on his debut at the wide-open Plantation Course.
A big part of his appeal for the ZOZO was current form, and before that strangley subdued performance Champ had finished 18th at the Shriners and ninth in the Sanderson Farms Championship in his other two October starts.
The latter was his first top 10 since the Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta and the man who sits third in the Driving Distance rankings needs something strong soon to move inside the top 125 in the FedEx rankings (he's currently 127th) and secure his card.
Back in a country he clearly enjoys performing in, let's take Champ to land a fourth PGA Tour win.
I'll add a second huge-hitting West Coast player in the form of Peter Kuest.
Kuest takes his place in the field after coming through Monday qualifying held at Enagic Golf Club in California.
The 25-year-old from Fresno has Special Temporary Membership thanks to four top 25 finishes which include fourth in July's Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The latest came at the Sanderson Farms at the start of October where he was 10th after 36 holes.
The main aim for Kuest now is to secure full status and time is running out with just three events left in the Fall series.
Looking at his stats, this monster hitter was ranked 1st, 2nd, 1st and 1st for Driving Distance for four straight starts from May to July: the Byron Nelson, Canadian Open, Rocket Mortgage and John Deere Classic.
As a putter, he blows hot and cold but in three of his last five events Kuest has ranked in the top 16 for SG: Putting so it's fair to think a good week on the greens is a likely scenario.
And if he gets in contention, the cool California vibes will hopefully kick in. Speaking at the John Deere, Kuest said: "I'm really easygoing. Nothing really bothers me. Just take life one step at a time and roll with the punches."
Hopefully he'll bring some of the form from his California qualifier (a 65) to Mexico.
Beau Hossler landed us the each-way money at 40/1 in Japan last time and wasn't far away from the jackpot.
I'm tempted to play him again here, albeit at a shorter price, but his record on paspalum greens is really rather underwhelming.
He's played in 10 events, missed three of his last four cuts and never managed anything better than 30th.
By stark contrast, there's a paspalum specialist in the field who has a recent win to his name and is a bigger price.
That man is Akshay Bhatia, a winner of July's Barracuda Championship in California.
Victory there was the next step up following a win in the 2022 Bahamas Great Exuma Classic and that's where his story on paspalum begins.
The left-hander finished fourth when defending that Korn Ferry event earlier this year and he followed that with seventh in the Great Abaco Classic, also held on a Bahamas course covered in paspalum.
The next time he encountered that particular grass, Bhatia was runner-up in March's Puerto Rico Open at Grand Reserve and, for good measure, we can throw in a top 25 in the Corales Puntacana a few weeks after.
As for this part of the globe, it further enhances his appeal that he posted fourth in April's Mexico Open.
Speaking in Puerto Rico earlier this year, he said: "I feel very comfortable playing in the wind. I just think it's pretty simple hitting different shots, I love being creative."
Understandly, the 21-year-old had a dip after his Barracuda victory and missed his next two cuts.
But since then, he's produced progressive form figures of 43rd, 35th and 21st in three October outings and he's gained strokes on the greens in the last two after some poor putting performances.
A tournament held in tropical conditions on paspalum offers a great chance for the youngster to contend again.