2022 Mexico Open Picks: Aaron Wise, Matt Jones Among 3 Targets in Puerto Vallarta

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2022 Mexico Open Odds

Rahm, Jon+400
Woodland, Gary+2000
Ancer, Abraham+2000
Finau, Tony+2200
Wise, Aaron+2500
Tringale, Cameron+2500
Munoz, Sebastian+2800
Na, Kevin+2800
Kirk, Chris+2800
Reed, Patrick+2800
Todd, Brendon+3300
Streelman, Kevin+4000
Knox, Russell+4000
Howell III, Charles+4000
Ghim, Doug+4500
Champ, Cameron+4500
Hubbard, Mark+5000
Rai, Aaron+5000
Jones, Matt+5000
Long, Adam+5000
Moore, Taylor+5500
Riley, Davis+6000
Pan, C.T.+6600
Stallings, Scott+6600
Ortiz, Carlos+6600
Perez, Pat+6600
Griffin, Lanto+6600
Ramey, Chad+7000
Theegala, Sahith+7000
Duncan, Tyler+8000
Poston, J.T.+8000
Lipsky, David+8000
Piercy, Scott+8000
Smalley, Alex+8000
Sigg, Greyson+9000
Rodgers, Patrick+9000
Lahiri, Anirban+9000
Clark, Wyndham+9000
Thompson, Michael+10000
Hickok, Kramer+10000
Streb, Robert+10000
Seiffert, Chase+10000
Bramlett, Joseph+10000
Taylor, Nick+10000
Whaley, Vincent+10000
Lee, Danny+10000
Wu, Dylan+10000
Lashley, Nate+10000
Lebioda, Hank+10000
Garnett, Brice+10000
Wu, Brandon+10000
Svensson, Adam+10000
Stuard, Brian+10000
Armour, Ryan+12500
Putnam, Andrew+12500
Smotherman, Austin+12500
Hahn, James+12500
Grillo, Emiliano+12500
Schenk, Adam+12500
Tarren, Callum+15000
Haas, Bill+15000
Uihlein, Peter+15000
Taylor, Vaughn+15000
Novak, Andrew+15000
Huh, John+15000
Lower, Justin+15000
Martin, Ben+15000
Hoag, Bo+15000
Kitayama, Kurt+15000
Gutschewski, Scott+15000
Hodges, Lee+15000
McDowell, Graeme+15000
Malnati, Peter+15000
Sloan, Roger+15000
Cabrera-Bello, Rafa+15000
Mullinax, Trey+17500
Reavie, Chez+20000
Wallace, Matt+20000
Donald, Luke+20000
Byrd, Jonathan+20000
Baddeley, Aaron+20000
Aphibarnrat, Kiradech+20000
Brown, Scott+20000
Buckley, Hayden+20000
Villegas, Camilo+20000
Wolfe, Jared+20000
Bryan, Wesley+20000
Werenski, Richy+20000
Thompson, Curtis+20000
Tway, Kevin+20000
Kohles, Ben+20000
Jaeger, Stephan+20000
Seung-Yul Noh+20000
Skinns, David+25000
Barjon, Paul+25000
Hagy, Brandon+25000
Dufner, Jason+25000
Flavin, Patrick+25000
Reeves, Seth+30000
Diaz, Roberto+35000
McGreevy, Max+35000
Blaum, Ryan+35000
Sung Kang+35000
Cook, Austin+35000
Gligic, Michael+35000
Kodaira, Satoshi+35000
Gomez, Fabian+35000
Nimmer, Bryson+35000
Wagner, Johnson+50000
Kraft, Kelly+50000
Drewitt, Brett+50000
Trahan, D.J.+50000
Atwal, Arjun+50000
Lingmerth, David+50000
Ernst, Derek+50000
Trainer, Martin+50000
Murray, Grayson+50000
Chalmers, Greg+50000
Johnson, Richard S.+50000
Garrigus, Robert+50000
Ortiz, Alvaro+50000
Hearn, David+50000
Bae, Sangmoon+50000
Knous, Jim+50000
van der Walt, Dawie+50000
Gainey, Tommy+50000
Creel, Joshua+50000
Hensby, Mark+50000
van Pelt, Bo+50000
De la Fuente, Santiago+100000
Every, Matt+100000
Blixt, Jonas+100000
Pettit, Turk+100000
Barnes, Ricky+100000
Pettit, Turk+100000
Barnes, Ricky+100000

The star-studded American team of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay went wire-to-wire for the win at the Zurich Classic, giving each player their first victory of the season.

With consecutive bogeys, they made things a bit interesting as they turned to the back nine. Ultimately, they won comfortably over Sam Burns and Billy Horschel.

Now, the TOUR heads to Mexico for the first edition of the Mexico Open.

Jon Rahm headlines an otherwise really weak field as we go back to traditional individual stroke play. It will be the first tournament hosted at Vidanta Vallarta, but the course will be the host of this event over the next three years.

It is a coastal course, set along the Ameca River with views of the Sierra Madres. Vidanta Vallarta will play as a 7,456-yard Par 71, which is long by coastal standards. It plays mostly at sea level, but with exposure to the Pacific winds, it could set up to be a challenge.

That is all speculative though, so I'll be looking to dial in on players that have some length and have shown an ability to play well on coastal tracks.

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Aaron Wise

The first description of the course I dug into made me think of Wise. There are large landing areas off the tee around this course, which will allow players to pull driver and get away with being a little squirrely off the tee.

It will also become a second-shot course, where strong iron play will be required for success.

Both of those factors are big check marks for Wise when he is at his best. He really struggled on approach in the final round at the RBC Heritage, but he was otherwise strong for the week, continuing a stretch of golf that has seen him bring really good iron play.

Wise will need to continue the strong ball striking to be a contender this week, but he will also need to get the putter going. I am hopeful that the slower paspalum will be a benefit to him, as he has historically done well on some coastal courses in the past.

The bigger issue may be the sticker shock of odds we could be in store for on Monday morning, as he really lines up on the short list of top players in this field.

That's not something we are used to for the Oregon Duck.

I'll still be interested in anything outside of the 20s, as I think even a number in the 30s has to be considered during a week like this.

Matt Jones

We haven't seen Jones since the Valero at the start of the month, where he finished runner-up. He will be looking to build on that, and get back into form this week.

Jones has shown us a few times over the past year that his high-end form on approach is as good as anyone. He has posted several weeks where he gained more than three shots with his irons, including over five twice.

I don't expect him to be at short odds this week, but for a player that we know can handle the coastal winds and should fall in the longer-shot category, he is a guy who's peak play can produce a win.

Jones has certainly shown upside, and he'll be a guy to watch going into the Mexico Open.

Alex Smalley

If we are digging a little deeper this week, I may go directly to the coastal course comps and throw a few darts.

Despite being early in his TOUR career, Smalley is a player that has a bunch of rounds on these types of courses. He has three straight Top-25 finishes at Corales, including a runner-up back in March.

He hasn't had his best stuff outside of that appearance, but if we get long odds on the former Duke Blue Devil, I'll be happy to take a shot on him making a run this weekend.

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