The swing through Asia is complete and the PGA Tour returns after a week layoff and to a more normal format with 132 golfers and a cut line waiting at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, contested this week at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This tournament made history when it debuted in 2007 becoming the first to be played outside the U.S. or Canada, and it’s grown in status and prestige over the previous 12 editions. Youngster Viktor Hovland is the betting favorite at online sportsbooks, but a tightly-congested field provides a number of intriguing tournament matchups. Be sure to visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of matchup betting odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Mayakoba Golf Classic Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Carlos Ortiz -141 vs. Beau Hossler +111
Harry Higgs -122 vs. Bronson Burgoon -108
Harold Varner III -118 vs. Rory Sabbatini -112
Brian Harman -116 vs. Brian Gay -114
Jason Day +100 vs. Viktor Hovland -130
Denny McCarthy +106 vs. Kevin Kisner -136
Brice Garnett -126 vs. Kevin Streelman -104
Graeme McDowell +117 vs. Danny Lee -147
Matt Kuchar +118 vs. Viktor Hovland -148
Russell Henley -114 vs. Zhang Xin Jun -116
Matt Kuchar -101 vs. Jason Day -129
Aaron Wise -145 vs. Lanto Griffin +115
Sebastian Munoz -120 vs. Si Woo Kim -110
Harris English +116 vs. Chez Reavie -146
Cameron Tringale +107 vs. Zach Johnson -137
Scottie Scheffler +111 vs. Emiliano Grillo -141
Abraham Ancer -123 vs. Russell Knox -107
Tony Finau -147 vs. Joaquin Niemann +117
Charles Howell III -105 vs. Russell Knox -125
Scott Piercy +106 vs. Pat Perez -136
Keegan Bradley -176 vs. Cameron Champ +137
Tony Finau +102 vs. Billy Horschel -132
Charles Howell III +103 vs. Abraham Ancer -133
Billy Horschel -171 vs. Joaquin Niemann +136
Dylan Frittelli -103 vs. JT Poston -127
Need to Know
You know the saying about coming close. It only counts in a few things. Where it doesn’t count is wagering on sporting events. I was a few swings away from going 4-1 on my matchup picks at the WCG event a few weeks ago. Instead I settled for a 2-3 record. I’ll hop back on the saddle as will the Tour players, who are back in action. And they have a kind layout this week. El Camaleon Golf Club plays at 6,987-yards and par 71 and is a resort course, so there shouldn’t be too many problems for the pros. Since this is a track where accuracy is more important than distance the drivers will be left in the bag. There are obstacles, however. Stray too far off the fairways and you’re looking at water, forests and swampland, which can seriously impact scores. Overall it isn’t a difficult course, but the weather could play a role, which it always seems to do down here.
Mayakoba Golf Classic Matchup Picks
Russell Knox -125 vs. Charles Howell III
The rapidly changing elements on a coastal course can cause panic in a lot of players. One guy who navigates those particular layouts well is Knox, and that’s why I’m siding with him in this matchup. His last win was at the 2018 Scottish Open and he’s performed well in Mexico going 6 for 6 with three straight top-9 finishes that included a playoff loss in 2015.
Harris English +116 vs. Chez Reavie
A winner here back in 2013 and currently on a run of solid form, English is a guy to back in the matchups. He won this event by four swings with a nifty -21, a tournament record until Matt Kuchar bested him by a stroke last year. And few are hotter than he is coming in with three top-6 finishes in his first four starts this season. He hasn’t played since a T4 at the Houston Open last month so there could be some rust. But he’s hot and has plus odds, so I’m taking him.
Brian Gay -114 vs. Brian Harman
Another player who seems to thrive on coastal tracks is Gay, and he arrives after delivering once again with a T3 at the Bermuda Championship. Recent form is strong with three top-25s in his last four starts, including his finish in Bermuda and a T7 at the Shriners. Also, he’s cleaned up in Mexico going 9 for 9 with a win in 2008 and three additional top-25s.
Denny McCarthy +106 vs. Kevin Kisner
One of the more consistent players in the early part of the season, McCarthy has finished no worse than T31 in his five starts. That result came in his opening event at Greenbrier and since he’s been in the top-20. He had a pair of top-10s at the Shriners and the Houston Open, and was T15 at the Bermuda Championship in his last start. His outstanding work with the putter has led to more scoring chances, and stronger play on approach could have him at the top of the leaderboard this weekend.
Tony Finau +102 vs. Billy Horschel
I’ve always liked Finau’s game and I think this is a wonderful opportunity for him to finish at the top of the leaderboard. Like several other players in the field, he’ll get a boost of confidence from his recent President’s Cup selection. Finau is one of the best ball-strikers in the field and he’s enjoyed some success on this layout with a T7 in 2014 and a T16 in 2018. He’ll have to best a player who is performing well coming in, but I like Finau to put things together this week.
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