2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic Betting Odds & Preview: There’s Plenty of Value Down the Board


Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports. Pictured: C.T. Pan

Nov 13, 2019, 11:00 PM EST

The PGA Tour returns after a rare week off with its annual fall stop in Mexico for the Mayakoba Classic, the tournament that will now forever be known as the spot Matt Kuchar low-balled his caddy.

Kuchar is back this week at the top of the betting odds on a course we’ve had some success on the last two years. Patton Kizzire won here for us two years ago at +6000 and Danny Lee was second to Kuch a year ago.

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The Course

El Cameleon is a short, easy course that measures just under 7,000 yards for a par 71. Expect a birdie-fest where the winner will need to put up a score at or around 20-under par.

The driver is about as irrelevant here as any course on tour. It’s short, as mentioned above, so you don’t need to bomb it off the tee. There also isn’t much rough, so accuracy really isn’t too important either. It’s truly a second shot course where a guy needs to get dialed in with the wedges and get a hot putting week.

The course has a strong correlation with the Sony Open in Hawaii. The last two winners, Kizzire and Kuchar, followed this victory up by winning the Sony two months later. Two other champs, Johnson Wagner and Mark Wilson, have won both events in their careers.

This tournament has only been held 12 times and one-third of those winners also grabbed a victory in Hawaii, so that’s a good place to start the research.

The Favorites

Kuchar leads the way here at +1400 after winning a year ago. He’s followed by Jason Day at +1600 and Viktor Hovland at +1800. Those are the only three players in the field beneath the +2000 threshold.

Players like Tony Finau, Russell Knox, Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Ancer are all below that +3000 number.

Of the group, Knox has been the most consistent, finishing in the top 10 his last three appearances. He’s also reached a playoff in 2015 before coming up short to Graeme McDowell.

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