OHL Classic Betting Tips & Predictions
The PGA Tour takes a rare sojourn away from the US of A and instead lands in Mexico for the OHL Classic.
Not for the first time in 2017 we saw a young gun win in Nevada – this time the American, Patrick Cantlay, and so attention turns to an event which has delivered some unusual winners in the past too.
This week we’re heading to Playa Del Carmen to the El Camaleon club, a venue which witnessed Graeme McDowell’s surprise triumph in 2015 in a play-off over Russell Knox and Jason Bohn. It’s going to be humid and windy – this is a coastal-lying track – and we fancy that those with experience playing Links golf, and those from the South Coast of America, will flourish.
El Camaleon is a short stretch at just 6,978 yards (Par 70), and given its exotic location, the players will be faced with Paspalum surfaces rather than the more common Bermuda or Bentgrass in the States. That delivers a different challenge in ball striking and course management.
Players will need to plot their way around effectively, but don’t be fooled into thinking this will be a bore fest: the last three winning scores have been -21, -18 and -17.
Context is key, so let’s follow McDowell’s progress in 2015: he ranked 16th for Driving Accuracy, 56th for Distance, 30th for Greens in Regulation and fourth for Putting. So, getting the ball in the right areas off the tee and then taking advantage on the dancefloor is the key to a winning performance this week.
Byeong Hun An
This is the first time Byeong Hun An has participated in this event but he has the key attributes to make his presence felt and get into contention on Sunday. He has started the season in solid fashion; T-32 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last week and was T-11 in the CJ Cup the week prior. His prestigious win in the BMW at Wentworth may now seem like a distant memory but we know he possesses the ability and in what looks a below standard PGA Tour event, a player like him will feel confident he has what it takes to get the job done this weekend.
Emiliano Grillo caught my attention in this event last year where he finished 10th on what was his first time around here and he will be able to draw on that experience this week and hopefully build on that effort. He is a very hit or miss player but the 25 year old Argentinian is still very young and he played his best golf of last season throughout this early season PGA Tour stretch. This is a course that suits his eye and style and he is another lively contender in what looks pretty much a lottery this week.
Whee Kim was T-4 in the CJ Cup two weeks ago which was a cracking effort but he proved it was no fluke last weekend when he finished runner up in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He is clearly a man full of confidence, playing at the top of his game and with the big shots either on holiday or just warming up early in the season, it could well pay to take a chance on Whee this weekend.