DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Picks & Plays for The Mayakoba Classic at El Camaleon
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El Camaleon is a seaside par 71 course, located in Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Playa Del Carmen resort town, just across the channel from Cozumel, is the home of this Greg Norman-designed course, which has hosted the Mayakoba Classic annually since 2010. After undergoing a slight redesign in 2012, El Camaleon plays a scant 6,987 yards with Seashore Paspalum greens and plenty of native area jungle to capture even slightly stray golf balls.
How it plays
Much like the course last week, accuracy is at a premium on El Camaleon. With only 10-15 yards of rough on either side of most fairways here and nothing but the native area and dense jungle beyond, wayward tee shots are simply not affordable this week. Helping the players combat the narrow chutes is the overall length. The course plays fewer than 7,000 yards, and you will see players frequently taking less than a driver to ensure they hit the fairways.
Players who find the fairway this week will have plenty of short irons and wedges in hand to take aim at the pins all day. The slower-than-average Paspalum greens will allow players to get aggressive with their putts as well. Despite its low scores, this course can produce: the conditions and numerous long par 4’s can certainly turn the tides against players and wreak havoc for anyone not on his game.
- Birdie or better
- Strokes gained Ball Striking
- Par 5 Scoring
- Proximity from 150-175
Top Tier: $11.5K – $9.6K
Tony Finau ($11.3K)
Finau was one of the most heavily owned golfers last week in a supposed smash spot. In somewhat predictable fashion, he let his backers down with a mediocre finish when most of the industry expected him to finally get that elusive win. That said, Tony might get a bit of an ownership discount this week because of those results. There’s no reason to jump off one of the hottest golfers on the planet right now in a place where he has posted a MC and a T7 in his only two appearances. Tony is still a great play in all formats this week. We shouldn’t look too deeply into his less than desirable outcome last week.
Charles Howell III ($9.5K)
With a new season comes plenty of reason to start firing up CHIII for the foreseeable future. The perennial early-season GOAT, CHIII is healthy and switched to PXG last season, which certainly seemed to extend the period during which he was in consideration for cash and GPP locks. Look for that continue this season and especially this week. CHIII has one of the best track records around at El Camaleon: 4/7/17/MC/6 over the last five years. Lock CHIII in cash games this week. He’s a solid GPP play as well but will likely be pretty chalky and highly tagged on Fanshare due to his consistency at this track.
Emiliano Grillo ($9.7K)
Grillo suits this track very well on paper. He’s a straight and steady golfer who doesn’t work the ball too much in either direction and benefits greatly from slower greens. Grillo is also in solid early season form with a second place and a 14th at the two easier venues in Asia this season. Now, he’s ready to back up his strong results at El Camaleon the past two years. Having posted back-to-back top 10’s at this track, Grillo could be poised to notch a win in Mexico.
Others to consider: Gary Woodland (a strong GPP play this week), Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth
Mid Tier: $9.5K – $7.9K
Zach Johnson ($9.3K)
ZJ is one of the best wedge players on tour and certainly has the ability to contend in any field, especially on a short course that won’t require him to compete distance-wise off the tee. Despite being a Major winner and coming in ranked sixth overall in my blended model, ZJ will likely be scantly tagged on Fanshare this week. He just doesn’t scream “play me” at his price. This inherently puts him a GPP consideration, coupled with the fact that he had a much improved 2017 season as he settled into a comfort level with his PXG clubs. ZJ seems ready to kick his season off with a strong start and improve upon his 23rd place last year in his only appearance at this track.
Ryan Moore ($8.6K)
Grabbing a second place at the Safeway before getting abused by the Asian swing this year, Ryan Moore righted the ship last week with a decent 36th at the Shiners. But more importantly than the finishing position, he started gaining strokes on approach with his mid irons last week: 3.4 in total. Moore has the game to succeed on this track with his strong wedge game, and the slow greens really help smooth out the edges to his putting game. His sixth-place finish here last year confirms that. Fire up Moore in GPPs this week as he looks to be only slightly tagged on Fanshare but with a good bit of upside and a propensity for winning on short coastal tracks throughout his career.
C.T Pan ($8.1K)
Pan comes in ranked No. 1 in my overall blended model this week. Despite his less-than-convincing performances at this track the past two seasons — 55th and 46th — Pan has certainly upped his game in the past year. He is generally suited to succeed on this course with his steady and efficient game. Look for Pan to improve on the past season and put himself in position to snag a top 15 this week.
Others to consider: Abraham Ancer, Luke List, Joaquin Niemann, Matt Kuchar, Scott Piercy, Chez Reavie
Value Tier: $7.8K and Lower
Sungjae Im ($7.8K)
The DFS darling of the CJ Cup a few weeks back, Sungjae Im disappointed the entire industry at his home course with a 41st place finish. Then, he continued his struggles for another week as he missed the cut at the weak field Sanderson Farms event before snapping back into his high-upside self with a 15th at the birdie fest last week in Las Vegas. As we discussed a couple weeks back, Im certainly has the game to compete in any field, on any course, but he’ll have his ups and downs as most rookies do adjusting to life on the tour. I will be going back to Im this week after he gained strokes in all categories last week except putting. This is just a lot of upside for a $7.8k golfer.
Harold Varner III ($7.3K)
HVIII is starting off his season strong with a couple of top 15s in his first three events. he seems to be putting the challenges of last season behind him when he was forced to make an equipment change midway through due to some damaged shafts. A really talented and powerful golfer who’s found success on tour without actually finding a victory, Varner is simply too cheap in this field. This is a course he should be able to attack frequently, and the slow greens should really help the weakest part of his game, his putter. In his first try at this track, he posted a fifth but disappointed last season with a missed cut. I am hoping that keeps some folks away.
Kevin Streelman ($7.1K)
Streelman has been anything but consistent this year, and his price tag accurately reflects that. Yet I have a hard time seeing Streelman miss the cut in a field like this on a course on which he has made all three of his cuts and has a top 5 and top 20 to his name. One of the straightest drivers of the golf ball around, Streelman should put himself in good position all week and convert more than his fair share of birdies on a familiar track.
Others to consider: Kevin Chappell, J.J. Spaun, Martin Laird, Cameron Davis, Graeme McDowell, Scott Brown, Shawn Stefani
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