The intense travel schedules of PGA Tour professionals are again on display this week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Mexico. Each week, the players move between States, Continents and Countries, all for the lucrative dollars and FedEx Cup points. The prize money is enough to remove any sympathy on my part, and when they can follow the tournaments with an all-inclusive week in Cancun, the players will be fine.
The OHL Classic at Mayakoba is to be played on the Greg Norman designed, El Camaleón GC. The course knows how to accommodate PGA Tour players as it has hosted six previous events; it also rolls out the welcome cenote on the first tee. Wind and heat are the norm here, so look out for players with low trajectories who can control their ball flight to perform well.
The sixth tournament of the fall schedule will see five players back up for a sixth consecutive start. However, it’s unlikely that any of those will be in contention. Rather, the FedEx Cup high flyers and previous 2014 PGA Tour winners Ben Martin and Robert Streb will be. Add to that list defending champion but form slump stuck Harris English, exciting Mexican rookie Carlos Ortiz, and former golfing superstar Charles Howell III.
All will compete for 500 FedEx Cup points and a share of a $6,100,000 purse. But don’t expect it to be easy, the players (and depending where you put your money this week) are potentially in for another tense finish. Three of the previous seven editions have been decided in playoffs. Will we see Bubba Watson type playoff heroics?
Look Out For
Hudson Swafford – $51 – Ladbrokes Australia
Carlos Ortiz – $126 – Sportingbet Australia
Billy Hurley III – $81 – Sportsbet
Robert Streb – $23 – Luxbet
A win and two top tens on the PGA Tour. He just keeps getting better. Is matching Jimmy Walker’s fast start from last season, so I’m picking him to win. As FedEx Cup front pager though, the win is not paying much.
PGA Tour odds courtesy of Luxbet, Sportingbet Australia, Ladbrokes Australia, and Sportsbet.
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Back One For Arthur to win the Grand National.
Back Mexico to win the Confederations Cup.