“Mexico’s Only PGA Tour event” is the moniker this week’s event is getting.
As the offseason progresses forward, the PGA Tour continues on with its play in other countries. It’s an American thing to do, isn’t it? We have football and the start of the NBA and NHL going on, no time for golf. But hey, next spring and summer when we get bored, give us that golf back, we want it.
At the same time, these parts of the season are great for branding the game at the global level and exposing some of the best talent we have on the PGA Tour to areas where they may never play on their own.
This week, we’re on to Mexico and as Sean Martin lays out, here, we’re on the the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. And no, the LPGA Tour is not playing right next door as Steve implied in the tweet above.
— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) November 10, 2015
Let’s dive into the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba!
OHL Classic Field
Click here to see the entire field in Mexico this week.
El Camaleon Golf Course at Mayakoba
“I love the place. The layout is beautiful, the greens are awesome and the course is challenging and fair.” — Cameron Beckman, OHL Classic Champion of 2010
Sitting in the Mexican border landscape which may remind you of Florida, the course weaves through ocean views of the Caribbean Sea and mangroves with creeks.
Visually gorgeous, this 2004 Greg Norman design has been great for the Mayakoba resort which obviously pleases the Tour pros who make the trip down here each fall.
Tour the course on the PGA Tour page here.
Last 5 Winners of the OHL Classic
2014: Charley Hoffman
2013: Harris English
2012: John Huh
2011: Johnson Wagner
2010: Cameron Beckman
Last Week’s Picks (WGC-HSBC)
Regular– Contenders Italics– Sleeper Bold- Winner
- Bubba Watson T35
- Adam Scott 70
- Branden Grace T5
- Kevin Na 57
- Hiroshi Iwata T64
- Rory McIlroy T11
Two top 11* finishers and other than that, a pretty dreadful week of picks. Grace was my saving grace. Moving on!
This Week’s Picks
Three from the Fairway (The Contenders)
I’ve had Jason Bohn placed comfortably as a pick already a few times this season– and that’s because he’s a fall series stud!
So far this fall series, he followed two top-5 finishes with a decent T39 last week at the Sanderson Farms. Pretty good form.
Last year at the Mayakoba, Bohn was a T7 finisher and was in contention until a final round 74 moved him down a few notches. In 2013, he was a T3 finisher here.
I like Bohn to contend again this week. Don’t you?
2. Patrick Rodgers
Jordan Spieth… Justin Thomas… the Brooks Koepka buzz… are we forgetting someone?
Patrick Rodgers absolutely, deserves to be in the conversation for future American superstar. The guy beat Tiger’s record at Stanford for wins!
So far this season, Rodgers has gone T6, T13, T20 in three events and has three rounds sub-66 on the season. When he gets it rolling, he can really, get it going.
Rodgers was in the field last year the OHL Classic and played a rudimentary three rounds which finished him 37th. He’s seen the course, experienced the conditions in Mexico and comes in playing some great golf.
I’ve got the other great American hope playing well this week again. Top-10, Rodgers!
3. Carlos Ortiz
Since we’re talking about the next great American hopes, let’s take a minute to talk about the next great Mexican hope– Carlos Ortiz.
Last year, he was a solid finish at T9 and actually tied with countrymen Oscar Fraustro, the highest two ranking Mexicans on the leaderboard. In 30 events, this was his only top-10.
So far this year, Ortiz has two made cuts and although he hasn’t played enough great golf, he’s played enough decent golf where his native blood lines should force him into some great play.
I like Ortiz to play well this week.
One from the Rough (Sleeper)
Garnett is the epitome of a Tour sleeper.
Did anyone on the PGA Tour work harder for $600,000 than Garnett? He played in 29 events from last October through August 2015. Do the math on that… that’s an EXCEPTIONAL amount of play. That’s almost 3 events per month. Plus travel.
Garnett played here last year and after missing the CUT in 2013, he came back and got a solo 6th finish.
He has no starts on the season, but the guy needed some time off. I’ve got him as a super sleeper and one to come in with a sneaky top-25.
The Man in China with the Trophy
Chris Stroud is probably more uniquely characterized as sleeper than a winner, but he’s my winner this week.
His strong track record at Mayakoba has been noted. He was a t3 in 2013 and recorded another top-25 in 2014. He was also 4th in 2011. He’s already got a top-10 this season at the Frys.com.
So far this year, Stroud is gaining more than a stroke per round with his putter on the field. I think this is a week where Stroud breaks through and posts a W, on the heels of a hot putter and some good form.
Stroud for the win!