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Oslo’s personal Viktor Hovland has the prospect to tug off a rarity of golf rarities this week because the PGA Tour drops south of the border for the World Huge Expertise Championship at Mayakoba. The 25-year-old is seeking to go back-to-back-to-back within the occasion, a triple punch that has not been seen on Tour since 2011, when Steve Stricker captured his third consecutive on the John Deere.
Such dominance is elusive on the elite degree, and Hovland can have his palms full with the likes of Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and Scottie Scheffler on an El Camaleón Course that locations a premium on accuracy off the tee.
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Andy Lack places a premium on accuracy, too. Patacon.org’s knowledgeable prognosticator is with us as soon as once more, providing his 4 prime picks in 4 completely different classes: a winner, a top-10, a top-40 and a matchup. You may see his performs under, together with Lack’s account of the reasoning behind them.
And since we wish to see the place public opinion is leaning, we’re additionally offering information from Chirp.com, a free-to-play cellular platform (and Patacon.org affiliate) that offers followers all types of the way to have interaction within the motion. Right here’s to a worthwhile week.
Andy Lack’s Professional Picks
Outright Winner: Collin Morikawa (+1800)
(Odds obtainable on DraftKings)
As a consequence of his elite driving accuracy and skill to generate scoring alternatives inside 150 yards, Morikawa was the primary identify that popped into my head once I was researching El Camaleón. With slim driving corridors, and ten par 4s that measure beneath 465 yards, as properly three par 3s beneath 155 yards, driving accuracy and mid-to-short iron play are the 2 most important predictors of success on the Greg Norman design. The 2-time main winner is one in every of solely three gamers on this area to rank top-15 in fairways gained and long-term proximity from 125-175 yards, a spread that might account for upwards of fifty p.c of all strategy photographs this week. Whereas the 25-year-old skilled a little bit of win regression in 2022, I’m anticipating an enormous bounce again yr. Morikawa is coming off a classic efficiency on the CJ Cup, the place he gained 2.8 strokes off the tee and 4.5 strokes on strategy. I anticipate the five-time PGA Tour winner to tactically choose aside El Camaleón.
High 10: Emiliano Grillo (+410)
(Odds obtainable on FanDuel)
I think about that Grillo can be an especially widespread choice this week, as he virtually makes an excessive amount of sense. Whereas it’s arduous to belief a participant to search out the winner’s circle who has solely recorded one profession victory (2015 Frys.com Open) in an eight-plus yr profession, I’m assured he’ll discover himself within the combine at El Camaleón over the weekend. Grillo has already recorded 4 High-15 finishes in six appearances right here, and with 4 top-fives in his final 9 begins, the Argentinian has been a mainstay on the prime of leaderboards of late. Now he’s touring to a brief, positional course the place he’s skilled a great deal of success. Just like Morikawa, Grillo excels on programs that place an emphasis on driving accuracy and wedge play, and he truly ranks second on this area in strokes gained off the tee on programs measuring beneath 7,200 yards. No purpose to overthink this one.
High 40: C.T. Pan (+210)
(Odds obtainable on FanDuel)
I’ve an amazing quantity of perception in Pan’s sport, and over 2/1 simply to complete within the top-40 this week is a cut price. In 5 appearances at El Camaleón, the 30-year-old has made each reduce, with two top-20 finishes. This could not come as a shock provided that driving accuracy and mid-to-short iron play are the strongest features of Pan’s sport. His historical past at comparative programs again this up as properly. Sedgefield Nation Membership (host of the Wyndham Championship) and Harbour City (host of the RBC Heritage) are two of probably the most distinctive, quick, positional programs the place driving accuracy and wedge play are most extremely correlated with success. Pan has a win and a runner-up at each of those tracks, and I anticipate him so as to add to this resume with one other high-end end at El Camaleón.
Matchup: Tom Hoge (-120) over Taylor Montgomery
(Odds obtainable on DraftKings)
Hoge is featured with nice regularity on this column. The reason being easy. The previous AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am winner has one particular elite ability set that I consider will make him a ton of cash over the subsequent decade on the PGA Tour: he has been a top-five wedge participant on the earth for shut to 2 years now, and this course ought to depart with him loads of wedges. That’s true of most of the venues on the autumn swing, which helps clarify why Hoge is off to such an exceptional begin this season. The 33-year-old has but to complete worse than thirteenth in 4 begins this yr, and I’ve no purpose to consider that this streak involves an finish on a golf course that matches his sport to a tee.
Taylor Montgomery, alternatively, is accumulating his sturdy outcomes by way of a much more unsustainable methodology. Montgomery has gained 27.1 strokes placing in his first 4 begins of the season, whereas being a unfavourable strategy participant on the season. To say that this tempo is unsustainable can be an understatement. Contemplating that placing stays a much more variable statistic than iron play, I’m going to rock with the elite iron participant over the elite putter ten occasions out of ten, and twice on Sunday.
The Trifecta sport on Chirp requires customers to make a choose a favourite, a contender and an extended shot, all classes based mostly on the Official World Golf Rating. Right here’s a have a look at the highest vote getters in every of these brackets, together with the share of assist they’ve obtained.
Scottie Scheffler (40.26)
Tony Finau (17.75)
Viktor Holland (17.32)
Maverick McNealy (16.02)
Sebastian Munoz (11.69)
Davis Riley (10.39)
Ben Griffin (26.84)
John Huh (12.55) Lee Hodges (6.06)
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