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The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event of the 2019 year, with El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, hosting this week’s event.
Matt Kuchar is the defending champion, having won last year with a local caddie, David “El Tucan” Ortiz, which later became one of the darker moments of Kuchar’s career. Tony Finau is the highest-ranked player in the field. Rickie Fowler was originally in the field, but he withdrew citing a stomach infection he said he got on his honeymoon.
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2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Charles Howell III: A couple of top-10s this fall season for CH3, including in the Zozo, which could well be a decent proxy for El Camaleon in terms of demands.
2. Tony Finau: Finau has put up some good finishes in this fall portion of the schedule, but he’s also put up some clunkers in the no-cut events. Hopefully boosted by a Presidents Cup captain’s pick.
3. Viktor Hovland: Hovland hasn’t been as good in his last couple of starts on the PGA Tour’s Asian Swing, but he also got a taste of the elite of the PGA Tour. He can hang, just needs some time.
4. Scottie Scheffler: Scheffler has been off to a good start, with two top-10 finishes. Greenbrier might be a decent predictor of his form this week, coming off a T-3 in Bermuda in the oppo-field event.
5. Denny McCarthy: McCarthy continues to put up strong finishes in this portion of the schedule. His driving is a problem at times, but he’s on a good, months-long run.
6. Marc Leishman: Leishman is not the most consistent player, but when he plays well, he gets darn close. He has a couple of dud starts in Asia, but he was third at the Safeway, which had a solid field. Shrug.
7. Joaquin Niemann: Niemann has come down from that hot ending to the last season and early start to this one. Still, a strong fall, and he’s potentially boosted by a Presidents Cup captain’s pick.
8. Billy Horschel: Horschel had a bad start, a good start and a great start in the Asian swing. The Zozo was his best effort, and El Camaleon feels more like Narashino than the other courses.
9. Abraham Ancer: Lots of pressure this week on Mexico’s top-ranked player. However, a T-4 in his last start at the WGC-HSBC Champions could be a sign of progress from two MCs to start the fall season.
10. Matt Kuchar: Normally the defending champion would be much higher than this, but Kuchar hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since the Tour Championship, and I’m not suspecting he’s going to have the easiest week.
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