Patrick Cantlay picked his first-ever PGA Tour win as he outlasted Alex Cejka and Whee Kim over two playoff holes to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The PGA Tour now moves to Mexico for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where Pat Perez is the defending champion. This event was first played in 2007, although it wasn’t on the schedule for the 2013 season as the PGA Tour transitioned to its current wraparound season.
Event: OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Date: November 9th – 12th
Location: El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Perez won by two strokes over Gary Woodland here in 2016, followed by Russell Knox in solo third. Scott Piercy, Kevin Streelman and Chez Reavie finished T-4 to round out the top five for this event.
Past Five Winners
2017: Pat Perez -21
2016: Graeme McDowell -18
2015: Charley Hoffman -17
2014: Harris English -21
2013: John Huh -13
Overall, this is a fairly week field. It will be headlined by Rickie Fowler, who is the best player and biggest name participating. Usually, these fields are a bit weak (in the fall) but Fowler is suiting up. Everyone will be watching closely to see if he can make that leap into the elite ranks this year.
Pat Perez is the defending champ here. He had a pretty good season and says that the momentum came from this win last year. We’ll see if he gets up for this event again.
Typically, this is an event that’s won by older players – for whatever reason. Eight of the champions at this event (in 11 years) are in their 30’s. The average age of those winners is 38.1, so that’s something interesting to keep in mind for this week.
What To Know About The Course
El Camaeleon has always been the host site for this event and it is a par-71 course that was 6,987 yards in 2016. It is a shorter course and lately, the par-3s have been where players have been feasting as there is one at around 200 yards; the other three are 155 yards, 151 yards and 116 yards, which means a lot of wedges in the hands of professional players. However, all of the par-5s rank in the top half of the difficulty rankings, so that evens this course out.
A Good Matchup To Bet: Pat Perez over Rickie Fowler
Fowler has never played at this tournament before, and this is his first event of the season as he has been off since the Presidents Cup. Meanwhile, Perez (who finished T-24 at the WGC-HSBC Championship in his last start) is the defending champion here has been playing pretty solid golf since the PGA Championship; in eight starts, he has five top-20 finishes and won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Perez gets the nod because he knows this course (he shot a 62 in the third round last season) and he has been active, although he’ll tire later in the season. Fowler might need an event or two to get his swing together under the pressures of tournament golf.
Top-Five Pick: Luke List
List is coming off a T-24 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, his fourth top-20 finish in five starts. He finished T-5 at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, and he played very well in this tournament last season, finishing T-7, five shots behind Perez and he shot 68 or better in all four rounds. List hits it long, but he isn’t that accurate; still, he hits it long enough where that shouldn’t be an issue. It is the rest of his game that has to catch up to List and when he gets hot, he can make a run up the leaderboard. It feels like he should be better than he is.
Odds To Win 2017 OHL Classic
Rickie Fowler +850
Pat Perez +1250
Chesson Hadley +1850
Patrick Reed +2050
Gary Woodland +2050
Zach Johnson +2550
Charley Hoffman +2550
Chez Reavie +2550
Kevin Chappell +2550
Anirban Lahiri +3250
Jason Kokrak +3250
Bryson DeChambeau +3550
Luke List +3550
Ollie Schniederjans +3550
Byeong Hun An +3550
Ryan Moore +4050
Kevin Streelman +4550
Charles Howell +3550
Graeme McDowell +4550
Whee Kim +5050
Russell Knox +5050
Danny Lee +5500
Emiliano Grillo +5500
Stewart Cink +6550
Ryan Armour +6550
Patton Kizzire +6550
Sung Kang +7050
Austin Cook +6550
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