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2021 World Wide Technology Championship picks, odds: PGA insider says back Justin Thomas, fade Brooks Koepka

There is likely to be some drama in the PGA Tour event this week, as the 2021 World Wide Technology Championship tees off Thursday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The event at El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba has been decided by one stroke in six of the past seven years. The high winds that plagued last week’s Bermuda Championship aren’t expected to be a factor on the Greg Norman-designed waterfront layout, and the scores there have historically been low. Viktor Hovland went 20 under par to win last year, and the defending champion leads a strong 2021 World Wide Technology Championship field that also includes Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka. 

Thomas is the 14-1 favorite in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest 2021 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba golf odds, with Hovland the second favorite at 18-1. Other contenders in the 2021 World Wide Technology Championship include Abraham Ancer (20-1), Tony Finau (25-1), while Koepka is in a group at 33-1. Before you lock in any bets on the 2021 World Wide Technology Championship or make any PGA Tour predictions, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

The esteemed golf insider has been around the game for many years and knows what it takes to win. He is on a strong run this season, and before the Zozo Championship in Japan two weeks ago, Johnson tabbed Hideki Matsuyama in his best bets.

“You know he is looking to showcase his game in front of the home crowd,” the golf expert told SportsLine of the Japanese star. “This could be his personal U.S. Open.”

He was right on the money. Matsuyama shot a final-round 65 that included an eagle from 8 feet on the final hole. He trailed by one with eight holes to play on Sunday and won by five strokes.

Before the Shriners, Johnson tabbed both Sungjae Im and Matthew Wolff among his players to watch. Im shot a 9-under 62 in the final round for a comfortable four-shot win, and Wolff finished as runner-up, his first top-10 finish in almost exactly a year.

The previous week at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Johnson nailed Sam Burns as his winner. Anyone who has followed Johnson’s advice has cashed in huge.  

Now Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour,” a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and founder of the world’s top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 World Wide Technology Championship golf picks, and they will surprise you. You can only see Johnson’s expert PGA Tour picks at SportsLine. 

Top 2021 World Wide Technology Championship golf predictions

Shockingly, the golf expert is fading four-time major champion Brooks Koepka. The 31-year-old opened his season with a T-67 at the Shriners, then shot 15-under but still tied for 38th at the CJ Cup. Last season was derailed by major knee surgery, and he has had a lot of nagging injuries in recent years. He finished in the top 10 eight times last season, but three were in majors and three were in his first seven tournaments. He needs to prove he’s healthy and focused on more than just winning major championships. Johnson will go a different route until he does that. 

At the same time, Johnson is expecting Thomas to continue his strong play from the end of last season. The former world No. 1 had a roller-coaster season that saw him finish outside the top 25 eight times in 23 tournaments. But he was 59 under over his final five events and finished no lower than T-26 in that span. He started this campaign by going 18 under to finish T-18 at the CJ Cup three weeks ago. Thomas shot a round of 62 at El Camaleon last year and has been in the 60’s in six of eight rounds there. He was third on tour in strokes gained tee-to-green last season.    

The golf insider also is looking forward to seeing what Hovland can do during this campaign. The 24-year-old already has three worldwide wins and shot 63-65 on the weekend at Mayakoba in last year’s victory. He also went 18 under at the CJ Cup, and he shot three rounds in the 60’s at the Shriners but was derailed by a third-round 73 to finish T-44. He missed the cut once last season, was in the top 10 seven times and had 14 top-25’s. He broke par almost 25 percent of the time (ninth), was ninth in scoring average (69.888) and finished fifth in the FedEx Cup.      

How to make 2021 World Wide Technology Championship golf picks

For this week’s event in Playa del Carmen, the golf expert is backing a stunning long shot to win who comes in at well over 80-1 odds. This veteran has proven he can hang with the best on this course and has won on the PGA Tour before. The tight, short course will take distance mostly out of play. This golfer can make up shots on the green, and he has a real chance to pull off a stunning victory this week. Anyone who backs this underdog could cash in huge. You can only see this World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba pick and the rest of Johnson’s PGA analysis at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2021 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba? Where do Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland finish? And which massive long-shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2021 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, and find out.

2021 World Wide Technology Championship odds, field, top contenders:

Justin Thomas 14-1
Viktor Hovland 18-1
Abraham Ancer 22-1
Tony Finau 25-1
Billy Herschel 30-1
Brooks Koepka 30-1
Scottie Scheffler 30-1
Tyrrell Hatton 30-1
Aaron Wise 33-1
Shane Lowry 35-1
Patrick Reed 35-1
Cameron Tringale 35-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35-1
Will Zalatoris 35-1
Talor Gooch 40-1
Matthew Wolff 40-1
Sergio Garcia 40-1
Rickie Fowler 45-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 50-1
Alex Noren 50-1
Maverick McNealy 50-1
Joaquin Niemann 50-1
Justin Rose 50-1
Russell Henley 50-1
Mito Pereira 50-1
Seamus Power 55-1
Keegan Bradley 55-1
Gary Woodland 60-1
Charley Hoffman 66-1
Jhonattan Vegas 66-1
Harold Varner 66-1
Lucas Herbert 66-1
Patrick Rodgers 70-1
Kevin Streelman 70-1
Emiliano Grillo 80-1
Carlos Ortiz 80-1
Brian Harman 80-1
Russell Knox 80-1
Luke List 80-1
C.T. Pan 80-1
Ian Poulter 80-1
Matt Kuchar 80-1
Brendon Todd 80-1
Taylor Pendrith 90-1
Brendan Steele 90-1
Joel Dahmen 90-1
Scott Stallings 90-1
Henrik Stenson 90-1
Matt Jones 100-1
Ryan Palmer 100-1
Danny Willett 100-1
Patton Kizzire 100-1
Guido Migliozzi 100-1
Henrik Norlander 100-1
Adam Schenk 100-1
Pat Perez 100-1
Chez Reavie 100-1
Adam Long 100-1
Chris Kirk 100-1
Adam Hadwin 100-1
Tom Hoge 125-1
Keith Mitchell 125-1
Garrick Higgo 125-1
Scott Piercy 125-1
Thomas Detry 125-1
Dylan Frittelli 125-1
Rory Sabbatini 125-1
Vincent Whaley 125-1
Stephan Jaeger 125-1
Danny Lee 125-1
Charles Howell 125-1
Hank Lebioda 150-1
Joseph Bramlett 150-1
Sam Ryder 150-1
Francesco Molinari 150-1
Graeme McDowell 150-1
Kyle Stanley 150-1
Troy Merritt 150-1
Peter Malnati 150-1
Ryan Moore 150-1
Martin Laird 150-1
Brice Garnett 150-1
Aaron Rai 150-1
Brian Stuard 150-1
Doug Ghim 150-1
Charl Schwartzel 175-1
Greyson Sigg 200-1
Kramer Hickok 200-1
Jimmy Walker 200-1
Davis Riley 200-1
J.T. Poston 200-1
Nick Taylor 200-1
Adam Svensson 200-1
James Hahn 200-1
Hudson Swafford 200-1
Andrew Putnam 200-1
Denny McCarthy 200-1
Nick Watney 200-1
Nate Lashley 200-1
Zach Johnson 200-1
Brandt Snedeker 200-1
Roger Sloan 200-1
Trey Mullinax 200-1


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