The PGA Tour heads to Mexico’s Riviera Maya this week for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Charley Hoffman is defending champion at El Camaleon GC in Playa del Carmen.
This is the penultimate regular PGA Tour event of the 2015 portion of the wrap-around season. Currently leading the standings is Justin Thomas who was tied third in the Frys.com Open and the winner of the CIMB Classic. He’s closely followed on the points list by Kevin Na and Russell Knox. The Scotsman, who won last week’s HSBC Champions tournament, is the only one of the top-three who will start in Mexico.
Graeme McDowell on playing from the sand:
Designed by Greg Norman, the course at El Camaleon has played host to this event since it was first held in 2007. Set amid the jungle and mangroves with views out to the beautiful Caribbean Sea, it’s one of the most striking venues visited by the PGA Tour.
The first six editions of the tournament were contested alongside the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February. As such they didn’t attract particularly strong fields. As of 2013, the event has been shifted to the autumn and the prize-fund ramped up. This year sees a purse of $6,200,000 and a first prize of $1,100,000. In last year’s tournament Charley Hoffman ended a four-year winless streak, coming back from three behind to beat Shawn Stefani by a stroke.
The weather forecast doesn’t look great. It’s almost certain to rain and thunderstorms are a distinct possibility.
Venue: El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Date: Nov 12-15
Course stats: par 71, 6,987 yards
Purse: $6,200,000 Winner: $1,100,000
Defending Champion: Charley Hoffman (-17)
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Jason Bohn – He has a good record at Mayakoba – two top-10 finishes in his last two starts. He’s also been showing fine form on the PGA Tour – he was tied 3rd in the Frys.com Open and tied 2nd at the Shriners.
Matt Kuchar – Mr Consistent, Kuchar hasn’t played in this event since 2008. But he was tied third that time out. He’s the top-ranked player in the field and it would be a surprise if he didn’t feature.
Patton Kizzire – Leading money winner on last year’s Web.com Tour, Kizzire has already showed he has what it takes to mix it on the main circuit. He has made two starts so far and has been tied 2nd and tied 4th. He’s going to win sooner rather than later.
Key hole: 12th. A long par-4 of 451 yards, this testing hole plays back into the prevailing wind. Approach shots must be accurate as the green is small, raised and sloping. Anything just off line will roll off the surface. Statistically, this tends to be the toughest hole on the course.