PGA Tour Expert Picks: OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Can Matt Every get his first win this week? (USATSI)
Can Matt Every get his first win this week? (USATSI)

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The fall portion of the 2013-2014 is already winding down this weekend at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Let's do a little Q&A on what to expect from this week's event.

What is it?

OHL Classic at Mayakoba , the final event (of six total) of the fall portion of the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season.

Has this always been a tournament?

Kind of. Until this year it was one of those half-tournaments played opposite a World Golf Championship that nobody really played in. It was played in February until this season, opposite the Match Play Championship. Now it's a full-blown "worth 500 FedEx Cup points" PGA Tour event.

Where is it?

El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

When is it?

Nov. 14-17

What is the purse?

$6 million, aka the richest golf tournament in Mexico.

How can I watch it?

It will be aired live from 2-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday on Golf Channel.

Who's playing?

The biggest name is Ryan Moore. The other big names are Charles Howell III, Harris English, Charley Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, John Huh, Bud Cauley, Kyle Stanley, Mike Weir, Davis Love III, and Scott Verplank.


I know.

Who are the former champions?

2012 -- John Huh
2011 -- Johnson Wagner
2010 -- Cameron Beckman
2009 -- Mark Wilson
2008 -- Brian Gay
2007 -- Fred Funk 

Wait, the winner gets in the Masters this year, right?

That's correct. Your five Masters invitees from the other five fall tournaments so far: Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore, Dustin Johnson, and Chris Kirk.

Where's Tiger?

Tiger Woods isn't going to play a tournament where Ryan Moore is the favorite. He's taking a four-week break between the Turkish Airlines Open and the tournament he hosts at Sherwood called the Northwestern Mutual Challenge.

So who are you picking?

I'm glad you asked. Here are my picks for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba:


Matt Every (33-1) -- Every finished T7 last week at the McGladrey Classic and finished T3 in one of his two starts at this event in 2012. Every's not a household name (he's friends with Billy Horschel, though!) but he finished in the top 75 on the money list last season and is, in my opinion a future stalwart on tour. 

Lock for top 10

Briny Baird (40-1) -- Baird has five straight top 12s at this tournament and just finished T2 to Chris Kirk at the McGladrey Classic last week in Georgia. 

Baird has now famously competed in 365 PGA Tour events without ever winning a single one. As Alex Myers pointed out, though, you shouldn't feel too bad for him. He's won $13 million in the process.


Tim Petrovic (200-1) -- He struggled last year on the PGA Tour (one top 10 in 12 starts) and played part of his season on the Tour.

But, and there's always a "but," Petrovic finished T16 at this tournament in 2012 and T7 in 2008 (his only other start). He probably won't win but I like him having 200-1 odds, especially in a bad field like this.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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