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The PGA Tour hops down from Las Vegas to Mexico, in the Cancun area, for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. El Camaleon hosts again, with Graeme McDowell defending the title he somewhat surprisingly won last year in a playoff against Russell Knox and Jason Bohn.
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2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba top 10 picks
1. Russell Knox -- Knox lost here to G-Mac in a playoff last year. Had a win at the Travelers this year and a modest title defense at the HSBC Champions.
2. Jon Rahm -- Rahm top-10-ed here last year an amateur, and he has top-15 finishes in his pair of starts this season. It's a matter of time before he wins.
3. Jim Furyk -- Furyk isn't typically a Cancun guy, but he's played strong golf since coming back to a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
4. Keegan Bradley -- Bradley has surged back into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking on the back of great play. Back-to-back top-seven finishes in Malaysia and Vegas.
5. Emiliano Grillo -- Grillo has become a consistent PGA Tour player, which is a remarkable trend. He's become a top-20 machine.
6. Scott Piercy -- Piercy is riding a wave of strong play, and he was T-16 here last year. Only downside? Fifth straight week of playing, which usually leads to a dip in performance.
7. Chris Kirk -- Kirk was in good position going into the weekend in Vegas, then laid an egg to stop a fourth-consecutive top-10 finish. Still, playing great overall.
8. Charles Howell III -- CH3 is a horse-for-course play, with a pair of top-15 finishes here in the last five years. He's usually good for a top 20 in Mexico.
9. Harris English -- English is a former winner here in 2013, and he was T-4 in Vegas, and he's a cut-making machine. Usually good for plenty of points, but hard to recommend for a win.
10. Martin Laird -- Laird has come out of the gate well in the new PGA Tour season, and he is a ballstiker hitting it well in potentially nasty Mexico conditions.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Chris Kirk - $9,600
2. Harris English - $9,500
3. Johnson Wagner - $8,400
4. Jason Bohn - $7,600
5. Charles Howell III - $7,500
6. Alex Cejka - $7,300
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