After yet another thrilling final round on the PGA Tour, most of the top golfers head to the Match Play Championship. The fantasy golf world turns its attention south of the border for the tours annual stop at El Camaleon Golf Club. While the top 64 in the world battle it out head-to-head at Dove Mountain, we’ll give you the best of the rest as we highlight the best picks for the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Last week, our Fantasy CPR group had a 3-way tie (just like the real thing, but without the playoff) between Cracker Woods, MT Cup, and Squatney Leather, who all had 180. It was enough for Squatney to keep his overall lead as he extended to almost 50 points clear of the rest of the pack. My entry finished just behind the leaders with 174 as I rose into the top 10% overall (92nd percentile) and up to 6th in our ultra-competitive group (which your still welcome to join).
This week, things get tough with all the big-name options absent, but it’s also a great time to gain ground if you know what you’re doing and can find the right picks. Last year Johnson Wagner defeated Spencer Levin in a playoff and both are sure to be popular choices this week as well. They’re not bad options, but I’m trying to gain some ground on the field by thinking outside the tee-box. Here’s the direction I’m heading:
Charles Howell III-CH3 will make his 4th consecutive appearance south of the border and finished last year a personal-best t13. He started the year with a t2 at Waialae made the next 3 cuts before struggling last week at Riviera. I think he’ll bounce back and is one of the known commodities in the field.
Rory Sabbatini-Struggled at Riviera and missed the cut after an 80 in the second, but he did have a t5 in his first Mayakoba last year. He could easily walk away the winner as he’s one of the few with extensive tour experience at this event.
Briny Baird-He hadn’t made a cut until his t34 last week at the Northern Trust Open. His past history here is too good to pass up though with 5 made cuts in 5 appearances in his last 3 has finished t6 or better. B-list is by far the hardest to navigate this week, but he’s a good choice in a group where there’s question marks on just about ever selection.
Martin Flores-Flores has started this year with two top 20’s and 2 weeks without Sunday’s (MDF at Pebble). The Nationwide tour graduate will make his first trip to the Mayakoba, but I think he’ll be around for the weekend and sets up well to possibly surprise everyone. I’ll start him and see how it goes.
Michael Thompson- Thompson missed the cut here last year but has been hot in the early going this year with a t6 in the Sony Open and a t17 last week at Riviera.
Harrison Frazer- Frazer’s had mixed results in his 4 trips to Maykoba going 2 for 4 in cuts made with a best finish of t20 in 2009. His selection here is based more on current form than past performance. He’s made 4 of 5 cuts to start the year with 2 top 5 finishes. He’s coming off a final round 70 in the Northern Trust Open.
Brian Gay-Gay finished t5 last year and has won this event before (2008). He’s almost a lock to be in contention and will be a popular choice in group C, but his record here is too good to overlook.
Jarrod Lyle-Lyle was around the leaderboard last weekend and finished with a t4. He appears to be peaking at just the right time as he’s done well here in the past with top 10s in the last three Mayakoba’s, including a T5 last year.