Last Updated: 2017-11-07
“The Chameleon” is a real stiff test for the players teeing it up this week in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. El Camaleon Golf Club is the venue for this one and it is a very unique course that has three different landscapes with dense jungles, mangroves, and beachfront real estate. This is a shorter course that plays at a par 71, so it is possible to expand your list of requirements this week, since length isn’t at the top of the list.
We’ll try to help you with your daily fantasy golf choices by looking for the top values. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
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Luke List ($7,900) – Luke List continues to play well. He snagged a top-20 finish at a reasonable price for us last week and now has three top-20 finishes out of four events on the season. That makes four in his last five events since he cracked the top 20 in the BMW Championship as well with a score of 10-under. List was very consistent last week at TPC Summerlin with a 71 and then 70s the rest of the way. His lowest round of the year so far is only 67, so he probably won’t go out and win this thing, but he’s had a good feel for the putter thus far and that is important on a short course like this where a lot of players will be racking up GIRs.
Kevin Streelman ($7,600) – Kevin Streelman is a good look this week, despite his struggles last week in Vegas. Streelman finished 67th last week, but had top-15 finishes in the Safeway Open and the Sanderson Farms Championship. Streelman finished fourth last year, despite a 2-over 73 on Day 2. He shot 65, 64, 65 otherwise. He finished inside the top 35 two years ago, but played well at 7-under. Players in their late 30s have played extremely well at El Camaleon for some reason, including several recent winners, so maybe this is just the right type of course for the older guys that can’t hit it as far, but like these coastal courses.
Jason Kokrak ($8,400) – This price tag is a little bit higher than we generally like to go, but Jason Kokrak has three top-20 finishes to start the season and has three straight top-20 finishes at El Camaleon. Kokrak tied for 15th last year at 12-under shooting 70-68-67-67. Kokrak was 17th in 2015 with a 68-67-68-71 weekend. He tied for 16th in 2014 with a 66-69-72-67. If he can shave a shot or two off of those 70 rounds, he’ll put himself in position for a top-10 finish. That would be a great ROI at this price and, with his recent form, that seems like a pretty decent possibility.
Talor Gooch ($7,300) – Talor Gooch seems like a name to know. The rookie finished 16th last week at TPC Summerlin and has gotten progressively better in his three events. After a 54th place at the Safeway Open, he finished 30th at the Sanderson Farms and 16th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last week. The Oklahoma State product will be at El Camaleon for the first time, but he had five top-10 finishes and a win on the Web.com Tour last season. Quite a few of the Web.com tournaments are played at coastal courses, so Gooch has plenty of experience with the terrain that he will see this weekend. He’s a bit of an unknown, but not a bad value play as he gains more confidence on the PGA Tour.
Jason Bohn ($7,000) – Jason Bohn is your man this week. He’s been through a lot over the last two years with a heart attack and a major back operation, but this is his course. Bohn finished second two years ago and that was after a seventh-place finish in 2015. Older players have played extremely well here. Bohn did withdraw from the Sanderson Farms Championship and has missed nine straight cuts, so there is clearly some risk involved. But, if there is any course where Bohn can be a factor, this is the one, and he’s probably not going to be a very popular pick.
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It’s time once again to put together those golf daily fantasy lineups in hopes of becoming the next big winner. The remaining events during the 2016 calendar year are going to feature some no-name lineups, with many of the top players sitting out the rest of the wraparound schedule. All the top players will get back together for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after the New Year. This week’s event is the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, an event that has been dominated by older players. Only two of the nine winners have been under 30, so maybe the older guys just play better on this vacation resort types of courses. Keep that in mind as you fill out your lineups.
We’ll help you narrow down the field with some of the top values on the board. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
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Jason Bohn ($7,600) – We’ll start this week with a course form play because there isn’t a better one on the board. Jason Bohn has been tremendous at El Camaleon over the last three events. Bohn was runner-up last season and lost in a playoff against Graeme McDowell. For Bohn, it marked his third straight top-10 finish. Bohn tied for seventh in 2014 and tied for third in 2013. His final-round 74 probably kept him from winning back in 2014. Ten of Bohn’s 12 rounds have been in the 60s in the last OHL Classics.
Chris Stroud ($6,500) – Another course form play is Chris Stroud. Stroud is the only player in the field to sign up for all 10 OHL Classic events in the history of this relatively young tournament. Stroud’s run of good fortune at El Camaleon came to an end last season when he missed the cut, but he was 23rd in 2014 with all four rounds under 70. He had three straight top-five finishes from 2011-13, with a fourth in 2011, a tie for fifth in 2012, and a tie for third in 2013. Last season seems to be the anomaly and, even then, he only shot 1-over to miss the cut.
Derek Fathauer ($8,300) – Derek Fathauer narrowly makes the over-30 cut to give him a chance to win here in this event. Fathauer has had a PGA Tour card since 2009, but he’s never won an event and his only professional win came in the 2014 Web.Com Tour Championship. It does feel like he’s on the cusp, though. Through three wraparound events, Fathauer has 56 birdies against just 14 bogies. He was 15th at the Safeway Open, with a bad third-round that moved him down the leaderboard, and third at the CIMB Classic at 19-under. Fathauer was fourth here last year and a final-round even par 71 may have been the difference between winning and losing. He’ll get one soon enough.
Rodolfo Cazaubon ($5,700) – Sometimes you have to take chances in order to surprise in those GPPs. Rodolfo Cazaubon is certainly a surprise, but there’s a method to the madness. For one thing, Cazaubon is one of a handful of Mexican-born players taking in this event. He finished 74th last year, so obviously that wasn’t a good result, but he was third in the Puerto Rico Open last year and put together a couple of decent rounds in the Olympics in Rio. Cazaubon is very familiar with course conditions like these and he’s probably played this course more than most of these players. He’s worth a flyer if you want to roster some of the top players.
Stewart Cink ($6,700) – Stewart Cink hasn’t been much of a factor in recent years, but that seems to be a good thing going into the OHL Classic. Cink was 15th last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, including two eagles and 21 birdies. He really played well and gained some much-needed confidence heading down to El Camaleon. Cink took six weeks off to be with his wife after her cancer diagnosis, so the Cink family gets a vacation and a chance to relax after a few tough weeks. That should put him in a good frame of mind for this week.
Players to Avoid:
Scott Piercy ($9,800) – Scott Piercy is one of a handful of guys that have played all of the wraparound events thus far. That means trips to Malaysia, China, Nevada, and Mexico in successive weeks. That’s a really tough schedule for anybody, especially here at the end of a long 2016 year. Piercy was solid at the Safeway Open and in Malaysia, but he’s struggled the last two weeks. At his price point, it’s probably best to stay away and look for better values and opportunities.
Graeme McDowell ($9,100) – When he won last season at Mayakoba, it was Graeme McDowell’s first top-10 finish in nine months. He had one last year on the European Tour at the British Masters, but he struggled a bit last week at TPC Summerlin and he’s not worth this price simply because he won last year’s event. For whatever reason, European players don’t play all that well here. The conditions probably have something to do with it, since they aren’t normal conditions across the pond and those are probably guys that you want to avoid overall this week.