OHL Classic Betting Tips
The weather is beginning to turn in America. With winter starting to take hold, the PGA Tour are heading to warmer climes for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Held at El Camaleon Golf Club in the tourist resort of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s east coast, this tournament continues to grow in popularity with big names including Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson making their debut this week.
Smaller Hitters Have a Chance to Shine
The increasing levels of athleticism at the top level of golf has changed the game considerably in a short space of time.
The dominance of powerful players who spend almost as much time in the gym as at the driving range has resulted in some incredibly entertaining golf but it is very hard for more experienced players who achieved success based on ball striking, consistency and world-class short games.
Pat Perez and Graeme McDowell have both spoken out recently about their struggles to keep pace with the younger generation but the OHL Classic proves that it’s not all about how far you can hit the ball.
Perez and McDowell utilised their nous when it comes to getting a ball around a golf course to win the 2015 and 2016 OHL Classics respectively. They did so because they are highly skilled players but also because the Greg Norman-designed course at El Camaleon cannot be overpowered.
It takes accuracy, a solid game plan and the ability to control the ball in the wind to have any chance of winning this tournament. It also takes a certain amount of experience as the majority of the tournament’s 10 champions were over 30.
Hoffman Can Hold on After a Fast Start
Charley Hoffman knows exactly what it takes to win at El Camaleon having secured a one stroke victory at the 2014 OHL Classic.
With an average driving distance of 307 yards this season, Hoffman can’t be considered a short hitter but he’s certainly got the top quality ball striking that marks out a winner of this event.
The 40-year-old has only won once since his victory in Mexico and in the last year he’s thrown away several strong starts on the weekend. That could change this week as this is a tournament at which winners rarely come via a late charge.
It’s the sort, of course, that favours those who get out in an early lead so Hoffman should feel confident about his chances of converting at 28/1 with 888Sport should he go low on Thursday.
Lahiri and Knox Can Plot a Route to Success
Anirban Lahiri and Russell Knox are caught somewhere in the middle of the changes that golf has been through recently. They’re not part of the exciting new wave of stars but neither are they considered among the old guard.
While both men place an emphasis on keeping the ball in play and hitting fairways and greens as often as possible, they can send their drives out there when needed.
Another thing that ties the two men is that they’re still looking to establish themselves among golf’s elite despite securing some very impressive wins in recent years.
They’ll both fancy their chances of an important victory this week and we recommend each-way bets on Lahiri at 50/1 with Ladbrokes and Knox at 66/1 with Betfred.
Cink’s Magical Wedge Game to Secure a Strong Showing
At the age of 44, Stewart Cink is very much among those who are in the bracket of ‘experienced pros’. He’s also one of those players in danger of being passed by, by the trend for power and athleticism.
The OHL Classic represents a very good opportunity for Cink to utilise his incredible ability ball striking and wedge game.
Although he missed the cut on debut, Cink bounced back to finish 15th last year. He could go even better this time around so back Cink for a top 10 finish at 6/1 with Sportingbet.
Top Betting Offers
Charley Hoffman to win at 28/1 with 888Sport
Anirban Lahiri each-way at 50/1 with Ladbrokes
Russell Knox each-way at 66/1 with Betfred
Stewart Cink top 10 finish at 6/1 with Sportingbet