However, the 25-year-old Spaniard has otherwise enjoyed a steady start to 2020, recording four finishes in the top ten including a second-place performance at last month's Farmers Insurance Open.
The 2020 edition will mark the fifth time Austin has hosted the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, which has become the must-attend event of the spring in Austin with sell outs in each of the first four years.
The elite field of 72 competing at the WGC-Mexico Championship boasts 42 out of the top 50 in the world rankings although Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose are among those not competing this week.
Kurt Kitayama, United States - Former star at UNLV has won on the Euro Tour each of the last two years and finished T-28 in his first WGC event in November in China. I had a good chance to win in Mexico (last year), finished second.
Dating back to 2019, the four-time major victor has finished in the top five in each of his last five starts.
A two-time victor at Club de Golf Chapultepec, the American is a 15/2 second-favorite to retain his title this year. Dustin Johnson has won two of the previous trips here and he is one of two golfers - Justin Thomas is the other - to finish inside the top-10 in all three tournaments at Chapultepec.
While others out of the overall picture might, shall we say, have a bit less inspiration during the weekend rounds, I expect Ortiz to be fully engaged no matter what, which should equate to a result easily within the top half of the field.
"I think power is such a big part of the game and, as we move away from early-season golf courses and get more into the longer and softer courses we see in the summertime, that will play more into the hands of the younger guys, I think". Thomas is right behind him though despite missing the cut in two of his last three tournaments, including The Genesis Invitational.
Scott, in the meantime, arrives in Mexico at the again of his first PGA Tour win in almost 4 years after triumphing on the Genesis Invitational on the Riviera Country Club, California, final week.
Tiger Woods was back to his best in 2019 with a stunning 15th major win at the US Masters, a record-equaling 82nd PGA Tour victory in Japan and then captaining the United States of America to glory in the Presidents Cup.
Tommy Fleetwood is a 20/1 shot as he makes his first appearance across the Atlantic in over six months.
Rahm struggled to a share of 17th place last weekend at the Genesis Invitational, and finished a distant 45th at this event a year ago. I will also add some sparks from Garcia to finish in the top 10 at +400.
MARKUS Kinhult, meanwhile, is one of 11 European Tour members making their debut in Mexico, and one of two - alongside Benjamin Hebert - to be playing in a World Golf Championships event for the first time. The American has top-10 finishes in two of his last three worldwide starts, has been near the top of the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee each of the last two weeks and could thrive with the extra mathematical element involved this week with calculating yardages in altitude.
Bubba Watson, meanwhile, is a 50/1 shot.