7th November 2017 at 10:20 pm #122924aceventurerModerator
Ten years ago the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico became the third tournament on the PGA Tour to be held outside the States. Two of the others the Open and the RBC Canadian Open were on the Tour due to history but the the OHL was was due to planning for the future of golf. The intention was to show the world’s top golfers at the Greg Norman designed course, at it has done that.
The El Camaleon Golf Club course has greens that are some of the largest on the PGA Tour, around 7,000sq ft. Lots of large bunkers and water hazards with large outcrops of rocks which can do your round a lot of damage. Lots of birdies to be had here and Birdie Average and GIR could be important.
I have reservations on selecting Chesson Hadley again but his form is phenomenal at the moment. His head could be anywhere after losing out on the chance of being in a play-off last Sunday when he bogeyed the 72nd hole. In his last six outings Hadley has won once, two seconds, a third and a fourth place. All he needs to do now is win! I’m surprised his price is so big but maybe with Rickie Fowler, Pat Perez and Patrick Reed have helped push it out.
GIR: 73.61% (T32nd) Birdie Average: 4.83 (14th)
I have been impressed with Bryson DeChambeau’s game over the past couple of years and think he is close to challenging for a second title to add to his John Deere Classic win. He had a horrendous run in the middle of last year, missing the cut seven times in a row. At the end of June he found his game again and by the middle of July had won his first PGA Tour. DeChambeau seems to have a liking for coastal courses and with the course looking to be set up for birdies this could suit the Californian.
GIR: 78.47% (8th) Birdie Average: 4.00 (50th)
I like the look of 22-year-old Beau Hossler for a place this week. He gained his PGATour card for this season by finishing 23 on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list. He has played eight times on the Tour and has missed the cut four times but this season he has suddenly found some good form. In his first tournament (The Safeway Open) he finished with an 80 but two weeks later a T10 in the Sandersons Farms which was quickly followed by a T7 in the Shiners. One thing I have noticed his in all three tournaments his last round has let him down and this might be a problem if he is neaar the top on Sunday. Having said that I shall be having a small wager on the Californian.
GIR: 67.27% (95th) Birdie Average: 4.14 (18th)
1.50 ew Chesson Hadley (Betfair 22-1)
1.50 ew Bryson DeChambeau (Coral 40-1)
1.00 ew Beau Hossler (Betfred 80-1)
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