The PGA Tour stops off in Mexico this week for the Mayakoba Classic. The 7,039-yard El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen was designed by Greg Norman and has been hosting this tournament since 2007, although it has only offered full FedEx Cup points since it moved to its current winter slot in 2013.
The par 71 course moves between three distinct landscapes and therefore presents players with a variety of challenges as it winds between tropical jungle, dense mangroves and oceanfront stretches. Patton Kizzire claimed his first PGA Tour victory here last year, edging out Rickie Fowler for the title. Other recent champions include Pat Perez, Graeme McDowell, Charley Hoffman and Harris English, whose course record total of 21-under-par was matched by Perez.
The bookmakers rate Fowler as the leading player in this week’s field, reflecting the current rankings, with the world number nine priced at best odds of 9/1* with Paddy Power. Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau are the only other members of the current top 20 to be in attendance this week and they are both available at 14/1*, Finau with Bet365 and Ladbrokes and Spieth with just Bet365.
Many of the other leading contenders will be less familiar, with Gary Woodland a 20/1* chance with Paddy Power, Aaron Wise at 25/1* across the board and Emiliano Grillo priced at 28/1* with Paddy Power and Betfred.
Si Woo Kim was the surprise winner of the 2017 Players Championship and has since established himself in and around the world’s top 50 players. He has made a solid start to the 2019 season, finishing 10th at the CIMB Classic and 15th at the Shriners Hospitals event. The South Korean was third at Mayakoba last year and has been popular in the early betting. He can still be backed at 33/1* with Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and BetVictor.
Abraham Ancer moved into the world’s top 100 for the first time when he finished fourth at the Shriners Hospitals tournament at the weekend. That was his fourth top 10 finish in his last eight starts and the Mexican has a big chance to earn a breakthrough victory at his home event. He was ranked just inside the top 300 when he tied for ninth place here last year and has made great strides since then. Ladbrokes and Coral are offering best odds of 50/1*.
Ryan Moore began his season by finishing as runner-up at the Safeway Open and although he hasn’t replicated that level of performance since then he remains a serious contender at this event. That was his fifth top 10 of 2018, while he has missed only one cut in his last 11 appearances. He has played at Mayakoba only once before, finishing in a share of sixth place last year. He is a 45/1* chance with Bet365 or Betfred.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|