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El Camaleon is a par-71 that plays just under 7,000 yards. It’s an extremely short course by PGA Tour standards, and thus brings more players into the mix. Over the years, we’ve seen shorter, more accurate players play well here, and I expect more of the same this season. It’s a place to target “old man golfers” more than the young bombers.
Because this is a resort course, it’s set up short and easy. There isn’t much rough to speak of, the greens are slow and flat, and we’re going to see extremely low scores this week. Most players won’t be hitting many drivers off-the-tee, another reason to steer clear of bombers this week. It’s going to be all about ball-striking and driving accuracy.
In terms of comparable courses, I’m looking at the Puerto Rico Open, the CIMB Classic, and the Honda Classic. The Honda Classic correlation is one that I haven’t heard anyone mention, but I think it’s very strong. PGA National is a similar (but harder) layout that tends to favor the same mold of player. Here are some of the interesting nuggets I found comparing the OHL Classic and the Honda Classic:
- Mark Wilson has won both the Honda Classic and the OHL Classic.
- Rory Sabbatini won the Honda Classic, and has two top-5 finishes at the OHL Classic.
- Russell Knox has lost playoffs at both the Honda Classic and the OHL Classic.
- The following players have recorded top-10 finishes at both the Honda Classic and the OHL Classic in the past five years: Jhonattan Vegas, Blayne Barber, Jason Bohn, Keegan Bradley, Jerry Kelly, John Huh, Gary Woodland, Charles Howell III, and Chris Stroud.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
Chesson Hadley ($9,900)
There isn’t a hotter player in golf than Chesson Hadley. After a career year on the web.com Tour, he’s opened the Fall Swing with 3rd, 2nd, and 4th place finishes. He was one putt away from making the playoff last weekend at the Shriners, and will be extremely motivated to get a win this week. Hadley is a past champion of the Puerto Rico Open, one of the comp courses I’m using this week. He’s a talented wind player and a very good putter, and El Camaleon should suit his game perfectly.