2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

After a two week trek across Asia, the PGA Tour returns to North America for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.  The host course is El Camaleon Golf Club, a Greg Norman design that is stunningly beautiful, and up until the past two years when -17 and -21 were the respective winning numbers, used to play somewhat difficult.  Look for ball-striking studs and fairways and greens specialists to thrive again this week. 

A not so stellar week for my picks last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions as Lockzilla Rory McIlroy finished t-11th and Semi-Flier Marc Leishman also followed suit and finished t-11th, but Adam Scott was a massive dud (70th) and Martin Kaymer (t-30th) was a disappointment.  Henrik Stenson’s ailing meniscus also led him to a better than expected t-11th finish.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last week: Rory t-11th, Scott 70th)

Patrick Rodgers
Patrick Rodgers
– Five straight first-time winners so far this season on the PGA Tour, yowza!  No doubt about it, that streak very well could continue again this week, and I’ll give P Rodgers one of the top nods to get er done.  Three straight top 20s so far this fall season, including a t-6th at the Frys.com and a t-20th last week at Sanderson, which was better than it looked as he faded during Monday’s final round to a 73.  He’s young, striking it extremely well and actually does have course history here as he finished t-37th at Mayakoba last year.

Patton Kizzire
Patton Kizzire
– It may not be a name that you’re used to yet, but fresh off a t-2nd in Vegas and a t-4th last week at Sanderson, the 29-year-old bomber is poised to contend again this week and has a great chance to breakthrough into the winner’s circle.  Don’t let the fact that he’s a first-time here scare you off, ride the General Patton wave and thank me later.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Leishman t-11th)

Scott Brown
Scott Brown
– This is more of a gut play than anything, but despite that fact that he’s not in the best of form (he’s made his past two cuts but was nowhere near contention), Scott Brown always seems to contend during at least one fall event each season.  This year, I’m going with Mayakoba, where he made the cut last year and finished t-16th two years ago.  He also sat right behind Russell Knox on the plane ride into Mayakoba, so perhaps some of those winning juices rubbed off on him (silly I know, but trust me on Scotty B this week).

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Henrik t-11th)

Russell Knox
Russell Knox
– Sorry Russell, I hate to do this to you, but a week after your enormous breakthrough win in China at the WGC-HSBC means one thing- Asian leftovers.  No thanks.  I basically never recommend playing someone after their first ever PGA Tour victory (see Emiliano Grillo or Justin Thomas for recent proof), especially after a flight halfway around the world.  Heck, it’ll be one giant Mexican vacation/fiesta for the Scot this week, a weekend off might be a welcomed occurrence for enjoyment and celebratory purposes.  Stay away from Russell this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Kaymer t-30th)

Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini– Quite the 180 for me on Sabbatini from year to the next, as last year I pegged him as my Hosel-Rocket BUST of the week, despite his #1 ranking in the PGA Tour Power Rankings at the time, which proved to be the right play as he slapped his way to a t-56th finish.  Chuckle if you will, but this year he’s my Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!  Sabb’s solid finishes here appear to be an every-other-year thing, as he was t-3rd here in ’13 and t-5th here in ’11.  In his last PGA Tour start at the CIMB Classic, he played better than his t-53rd finishing result as his 3rd round 77 overshadowed his otherwise solid play of 69-69-67 in rounds 1,2 and 4.  Watch for the short, feisty villain-like goose to lurk on the first page of the leaderboard most of the week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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