OHL Classic at Mayakoba preview, picks + predictions, plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #IDidntKnowWhatOHLStoodForEither

 

Alas, we have arrived to the final event on the fall portion of the ’13-’14 PGA Tour schedule- the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.  At first, I was wondering what the Ontario Hockey League was sponsoring a PGA Tour event, but apparently, OHL is a Madrid-based company, which touts itself as the “world leader in hospital and railway construction.”  Seems like an odd combo to me, but the world needs both hospitals and railways, so to bust into my espanol tongue, a mi me gusta esta compania y lo que hace por el PGA Tour.

No doubt about it, Mayakoba got a major roid-like shot in the arm with its inclusion as the anchor event in the new PGA Tour Fall Series.  Previously, it was always an opposite field event, one of “those” events where when the winner shows up at the Hyundai TOC tourney in Hawaii the following January even the guys he’s paired with are like- how’d you qualify for this tourney again dude?

The host venue is a Greg Norman design called El Camaleon, which measures just 6,987 yards and a par 71.  The course is yet another testament that longer isn’t always harder, as it put up a scoring average of 71.65 in ’12, making it the fifth most difficult par 71 on the Tour schedule for the second year in a row.  The tourney doesn’t pack much punch in terms of star power, but now as a standalone event still has some notable names such as Tim Clark, Angel Cabrera, Darren Clarke, Camilo Villegas, Charles Howell III, Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman and others teeing it up this week.

Now, let’s hop into some picks:

LOCKZILLAS (de Jonge t-16th, Overton MC)

Brian Gay
Brian Gay
– Kip Henley’s golfer (his caddie makes more “noise” throughout the year than him), busted out of his season-long slump to finish 4th at Sea Island last week.  Won here in ’08 and finished t-5th in ’11.  So, some positive experiences to draw from and some hot play of late equals yep, a lockzilla pick this week.

Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman
– Always feels like this long-haired goofball can put up a 62 at nearly any moment (or a 74), and with a t-22nd last week at Sea Island and some other solid play of late, I like his chances to make some noise this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Guthrie MC)

Matt Every
Matt Every
– This pot smoking flat-billed goose is about as consistent as the New York Jets’ offense, but with a t-7th last week at Sea Island and a t-3rd place finish here last year, I can easily see him making a run this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Piercy t-63rd)

Angel Cabrera
Angel Cabrera
– Missed cuts both in Vegas and at the Frys.com Open, along with the fact that his ball-bashing driver-off-almost-every-tee care-free attitude won’t mix well with this short, tight course.  Look for another “fin de semana” with no golf for Angel.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Cauley MC)

Greg Chalmers
Greg Chalmers
– This southpaw Aussie struggled through the 2013 PGA Tour season, but apparently is seeing the start of the ’13-’14 season as a sign of new life as he’s finished t-15th and t-10th the past two weeks.  Always seems to find a way to sneak his way up the leaderboard, look for him to be lurking this week in Mexico.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

 

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