where to watch
Sky Sports Golf, Sunday 7pm
the best choice
Colin Morikawa wins double goal at 4.15pm
3 points 8-11 general
Button Kizil without Russell Henry
One way 2 minutes 10-1 Bet 365
Patton Kizzire wins World Technical Championship
1 point 25-1 Bet 365
Notified on November 5th
Viktor Hovland Top 10
2 points 13-10 Bet 365
Viktor Hovland wins World Technical Championship
1 point 20-1 bet365, coral, Ladbrokes
Brandon Wu Top 10
1 point 4-1 bet365, Hills
Story so far
Russell Henley shot a 65 Saturday to extend his lead at the World Technology Championship in Mayakoba from three to six, and the Georgia man won 2-11.
Henry started at El Camaleon with a 55-1 ante-post, played back-to-back 63 rounds, and then pushed further with a 6-5 chance heading into the weekend. The three-time PGA Tour champion has not won since April 2017, but he has played 54 holes this week without a bogey.
Patton Kizzire and Will Gordon tied for second and defending champion Viktor Hovland tied for seventh. Hofland is nine shots behind Henry but only three behind second place, so the Norwegian will not give up hope as he seeks three consecutive Mayakoba victories.
The final doubles match between Henry and Gordon is due to kick off at 6pm UK and Ireland time. The ending is expected to be a sunny, warm, calm day.
-22 Russell Henry
-16 Will Gordon, Barton Kizil
-15 Themus Strength
-14 Troy Merritt, Brian Harman
-13 Thomas Detry, Victor Hofland, Matthias Schwab, Grayson Hick
-12 Joel Dahmen, Brandon Wu, Scott Piercy, Harry Higgs, Martin Laird
2-11 R Henley, 16 W Gordon, 25 P Kizzire, 28 S Power, 50 B Harman, V Hovland, 100 bar
The immediate market suggested the game was largely over, but Russell Henry, who has grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory several times over the past few years, secured success with a six-shot lead on Sunday.
Henry has led 54 holes three times since 2020, but not once with silverware. He hasn’t won a tournament in 67 months — two games in particular, as a powerful example of the leader’s frailty.
At last year’s Wyndham Championship, Henry took a three-shot lead on Sunday and looked in complete control with eight holes left, but swallowed on the 11th, 12th, 14th and 18th holes. A bogey meant he was one shot away from the playoffs. His putt turned into a live rattlesnake, and he missed two feet on the 11th and three feet on the final green.
The mild-mannered Georgian had a good chance to bury those demons when he played with a five-shot lead on the nine holes at the Sony Open in January. However, an over-par back nine encouraged Hideki Matsuyama, who went after Henry and beat him in the playoffs.
Henley has never raced at El Camaleon before — he dropped to No. 56 after a good start last year — and his recent form shows no sign that he will be a title threat this week. Especially his putt, his putt was terrible, but that was the club that starred him in the first three days of El Camaleon.
Can Henry’s tie continue to save par and protect his advantage? Given that he was 148th on the PGA Tour in putting numbers last season — and 184th in the same stats this season — it’s reasonable to expect a dip on the dance floor under pressure on Sunday.
If someone in the chasing team can get close to Henry — and the perfect weather looks like there’s going to be a birdie opportunity on every hole — his recent history of failures might overwhelm him. Any high rollers interested in lining up for a 2-11 Henry could end up with badly burned fingers.
A couple of Henry’s early mistakes could quickly change the dynamic of the game – Button Kizier’s 25-1 victory seemed worth the chance. Kizzire won at El Camaleon in 2017 — his first PGA Tour victory. A 66-67 weekend meant he bravely beat back Rickie Fowler.
Kizzire never missed the cut in seven matches at El Camaleon, winning the 2018 Sony Open. He was a dominant force on the 2015 Korn Ferry Tour before graduating to the main circuit. His recent form hasn’t been impressive, but he’s excited to be back at El Camaleon this week, and seven birdies on Saturday kept him heading into Sunday in good spirits.
Kizzire also looks great value in a “no Henley” market, with 10-1 available. Tour maiden Will Gordon is under pressure for the last two goals, while Kizzire and Seamus Power make up the penultimate group.
Brandon Wu, Viktor Hovland, Thomas Detry and Power could be considered to have finished in flamboyant fashion, but were equally ahead of their Kizzire. From a share of No Henry’s lead, Kezier can keep his spot.
The choice of the two-ball option was arguably Colin Morikawa, who was surprisingly generous with a stunning 8-11 to overtake JJ Spaun. Morikawa spoke in his pre-game media conference about how active he is currently in training and how he ended the year with real goals. The two-time Grand Slam champion isn’t happy with 2022 passing by and is determined to end it high. Every round counts now for Morikawa, who can be expected to concentrate on the final 18 holes of El Camaleon.
Morikawa made his track debut this week, so he gets to know the track better every day. This accuracy test suits him perfectly.
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First posted on Nov 6, 2022 10:06 AM