The PGA Tour resumes play in Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The Mayakoba Golf Classic has been held at the El Camaleon Golf Club since 2007, and it was the first PGA Tour event to be contested outside the US and Canada. For six years the event played opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship until getting its own fall date in 2019.
Mayakoba Golf Classic odds
Justin Thomas is the tournament favorite at +600 at DraftKings Sportsbook, with Brooks Koepka (+1200) also generating interest as a top contender. Abraham Ancer, Harris English and Tony Finau are contenders as well, along with sleeper Emiliano Grillo, who has three top 15 finishes in the event over the past four years.
Notable golfers in the Mayakoba Golf Classic
Thomas, the current World No. 3, tees it up in Playa del Carmen for the second time in his career, and he’s joined by US Open champions Koepka (No. 12) and Gary Woodland (No. 35) – who finished runner-up here in 2016. Daniel Berger (No. 12) joins the field along with top 35 players in the OWGR including Finau (No. 19), Ancer (No. 22), Viktor Hovland (No. 25) and Marc Leishman (No. 27).
Joaquin Niemann (No. 43), 2017 Mayakoba runner-up Rickie Fowler (No. 48), Kevin Streelman (No. 51) and Chez Reavie (No. 52) also join the field.
Despite World No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrawing from the event in recent days, this year’s event is the best collection of talent in the history of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Defending champion Brendon Todd (No. 45) is back along with last year’s runner-ups Carlos Ortiz and Adam Long. Young rising star Will Zalatoris (No. 60) is in the field on a sponsors exemption and he started 2020 at No. 672 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Players who finished Top-10 in last year’s Mayakoba Golf Classic and are returning include:
- Brendon Todd (-20)
- Carlos Ortiz (-19)
- Adam Long (-19)
- Vaughn Taylor (-19)
- Harris English (-17)
- Joel Dahman (-15)
- Robby Shelton (-15)
- Abraham Ancer (-14)
- Billy Horschel (-14)
- Pat Perez (-14)
Pat Perez also won in 2016 and Patton Kizzire returns as the 2017 champion.
Course and tournament info
- Course: El Camaleon Golf Club
- Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Date: Dec. 3-6, 2020
- Par: 71 / Yardage 7,261
- Purse: $7.2 Million / Winner $1.3 Million
- Fairways/Rough: Paspalum turfgrass
- Greens: Paspalum
- TV: Golf Channel
- Twitter: @MayakobaGolf
This Mayakoba Golf Classic has been held at the El Camaleon Golf Club since 2007. The course was build by Greg Norman and opened in 2004. Golfstats.com provides tournament information and notes the course goes through three distinct landscapes – tropical jungle, dense mangroves, and sand-lined oceanfront. The design even incorporates a cenote – an underground cavern common to the area – into the heart of the first fairway. Water hazards come into play on six holes.
Driving it straight has proven to be a strong trait at El Camaleon, as tight fairways require accuracy, and more than half of the winners here are well above average in the accuracy stakes. The threat of wind makes the course more interesting. The three par 5s are reachable for nearly all the players, and consistency, accuracy and making more birdies on the par 4s will separate the field. Every winner of this event has ranked top 10 in par 4 scoring during the event.
Grainy and slower greens along with some significant trouble spots with mangroves and unplayable rough can bring more players into the mix. Proper experience of this course is an advantage, and 11 of the past 13 winners were over the age of 30. Harris English did win here on debut in 2013.
Check out the water and views, including on hole 3, which is a short but challenging par 4 with two forced carries.