The PGA Tour goes south of the border for the second time this season when 132 players tee off in the 2022 Mexico Open at Vidanta beginning Thursday at Vidanta Vallarta in Vallarta, Mexico. The last time the Tour visited Mexico, in November, Viktor Hovland won the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. This week, the Mexico Open features 10 players from Mexico, a record for most Mexican players ever in a Tour event. World No. 2 Jon Rahm has been installed as the clear-cut 9-2 favorite in the Mexico Open odds from Caesars Sportsbook. 

Three players – two-time Tour winner Tony Finau, former U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland and Abraham Ancer, who grew up in Mexico – are the co-second choices in the Mexico Open field, at 20-1. Before making any Fantasy golf rankings or locking in any bets on the 2022 Mexico Open, you need to check out the Fantasy golf projections and lineup advice from SportsLine Fantasy expert Riley Gates.

Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in Fantasy sports.

He has been on a roll all season. At the Masters, eight of his 20 picks finished in the top eight, including winner Scottie Scheffler and runner-up Rory McIlroy. In fact, the top four players on the final leaderboard were among his picks. At the Valspar Championship, seven of his picks finished in the top 12, and he was on the money at Phoenix, where his five top selections all ended up in the top 10. He also nailed his picks at the Sentry, with four of his top seven picks posting top-five finishes, and he duplicated that at the Hero World Challenge. Anyone who has followed Gates is way up.

Now, Gates has ranked his top 20 players for the 2022 Mexico Open, and you'll really want to see what he has to say. You can only see his Fantasy golf rankings and Mexico Open picks at SportsLine.

2022 Mexico Open Fantasy golf expert picks

Gates, who went through the recent results of the players in the field, is against Ancer even though he is one of the major contenders in the field, listed at 20-1 in the odds from Caesars. Raised in Reynosa, Mexico, the 31-year-old Ancer had his best season ever in 2021, earning his only PGA Tour victory (the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational) and finishing second in the Wells Fargo Championship. He earned more than $5.8 million last year.

But Ancer has been in a slump in 2022. "He has missed two straight cuts in stroke-play events and has not been inside the top 30 since early December," Gates says. Gates has Ancer outside of the top 10 in his Fantasy leaderboard.

On the other hand, Gates is high on Charles Howell III. A 50-1 long shot, Howell ranks 16th on Tour in sand save percentage (62.5), which should come in handy on a course featuring more than its share of greenside bunkers. He also ranks 14th in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (.400).

Gates is not worried that Howell is coming off a missed cut at the RBC Heritage. "Howell played solid golf in early March, finishing 32nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and fourth at the Texas Open," he says. Gates has Howell ranked sixth on his leaderboard.

How to set your 2022 Mexico Open Fantasy golf rankings

This week at Riviera, Gates is backing an enormous triple-digit long shot. Gates says this player was "right in the mix for the lead" recently and is a great play for your Fantasy golf picks for the 2022 Mexico Open. You can find out who it is and check out all of Gates' top Mexico Open Fantasy golf picks at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 Mexico Open? Who are the top PGA Tour players to target for your Fantasy picks? And what triple-digit long shot is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates' Fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 Mexico Open, all from the Fantasy expert with his finger on the pulse of the game, and find out.