PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic Tournament Preview, Betting Tips and Free Picks

by Earl Campbell | November 12, 2019 |

This week, we are looking at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico.  This tournament was referred to as the OLH Classic 2-years ago, with the Mayakoba sponsorship taking back over effective last year.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic began in 2007 and is the only PGA Tour Event held in Mexico.  This tournament used to be an alternative event, being played at the same time as the WGC-Match Play event in Arizona however it has now changed to be a lone singular event on the PGA Tour.   

Last year, Matt Kuchar was the winner by one stroke over Danny Lee with a -22.  In 2017, Patton Kizzire defeated Rickie Fowler by one stroke with a -19. The year prior, Pat Perez defeated Gary Woodland by 2 strokes with a -21. The entire list of winners of the Mayakoba Golf Classic is as follows:

  • 2017 – Patton Kizzire (USA)
  • 2016 – Pat Perez (USA)
  • 2015 – Graeme McDowell (N. IRE)
  • 2014 – Charley Hoffman (USA)
  • 2013 – Harris English (USA)
  • 2012 – John Huh (USA)
  • 2011 – Johnson Wagner (USA)
  • 2010 – Cameron Beckman (USA)
  • 2009 – Mark Wilson (USA)
  • 2008 – Brian Gay (USA)
  • 2007 – Fred Funk (USA)

El Camaleon Golf Club Details

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is played at and is hosted by the fine folks at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico.  This is the 13th year that this tournament has been hosted here at El Camaleon Golf Club. For those that are interested in knowing where this is at, sort of like I was, it is just south of Cancun.    

This course is unique in the fact that golfers will play in a variety of surfaces including some dense mangroves, sandy surfaces along the Ocean fronts of Riviera Maya and through a tropical jungle.  

The course was designed by Greg Norman and was initially opened in 2004 to the public. The course is one of the easiest courses that the pros will play on and is one of the easier courses to score on.  

The course is relatively short, measuring 6,987 yards and plays out as a Par 71. The course plays Par 36 on the front 9 and Par 35 on the back 9.  

The fairways are nothing too small, they are average in means of size but one thing they need to be careful of is the native fescue rough that can be extremely difficult to work out of. There is also a plethora of bunkers here at El Camaleon.  

Mayakoba Golf Classic System Attributes

The key to success here at the Mayakoba Golf Classic is accuracy.  Permitting golfers don’t get crazy off the tee, they should have no problems scoring on this course.  We will pay attention to the following attributes for the Mayakoba Golf Classic:

  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Driving Accuracy
  • Greens In Reg
  • Strokes Gained: Putting

Mayakoba Golf Classic Golfers

Russell Knox at 30/1 – Russell Knox is quietly having a good start to the season.  He finished in 11th place at the Bermuda Championship and 28th at the Houston Open.  He is getting better each tournament and has a lot of experience playing here at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, where he has made the cut 6 straight years and finished in the Top 9 in each of his last 3 times playing here.  In 2015, he finished in 2nd place and in 2016, he came 3rd. He has the experience, the form and his odds of 30/1 are fairly attractive as well. 

Scottie Scheffler at 33/1 – Scheffler came over to the PGA Tour from the Korn Ferry Tour and since that point, has shined like a diamond!  He is coming off a 3rd place finish at the Bermuda Championship and still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour.  With this field coming in as a mediocre field, this could be the ideal spot for someone like Scheffler. 

Lanto Griffin at 60/1 – Last month, we witnessed Griffin get a win at the Houston Open.  He has since only played in 1 other tournament, finishing in 18th place at the Bermuda Championship.  Griffin is one of the best and most underrated golfers in this tournament and at 60/1, it’s sort of hard to look past him.  Definitely worth a unit play. 

Denny McCarthy at 40/1– McCarthy is still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour and this could be the perfect week for him to break out.  McCarthy seems to be right in the mix week after week, placing inside the Top 20 in each of his last 4 tournaments. That being said, his last win came on the Korn Ferry Tour, which at the time was the Tour, and was over a year ago. He stands out strong with the numbers this week and is one of my favorite value plays. 

Harold Varner at 55/1 – It’s kind of hard not liking Harold Varner this week. He always seems to show up here at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, posting a 5th place finish in 2015 and 6th place finish last year in 2018.  He did miss the cut in 2016 but he comes with decent form, finishing in 26th and 27th place at the Zozo Championship and CJ Cup and Nine Bridges. 

Calum Hill at 125/1 – Hill is a golfer that you may not be familiar with, mainly because he plays mainly on the Challenge Tour. His chances are very small but I think he actually has the ability to compete this week.  At 125/1, he is definitely worth taking a look at. 

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