Mayakoba Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Home player Abraham Ancer will be desperate to finally secure his maiden victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Ancer is one of the shorter hitters on the PGA Tour but he is also one of the most accurate and has become one of the most consistent players in the game. He was a factor at The Masters before fading in the final round. He is a wonderful iron player and has a magical touch around the greens and his first success surely cannot be far away.
Last year Brendon Todd got up-and-down for par on the final hole on the Monday morning to close with a three-under-par 68 and win the Mayakoba, his second straight PGA Tour victory in a remarkable turnaround.
Todd was tied with Vaughn Taylor when they were among 12 players who had to return to El Camaleon to complete the rain-delayed tournament. Todd holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and looked to stretch his lead to two shots until he missed a 3-foot par putt on the 16th. With no margin for error, he made par on the last two holes. Taylor had a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that stopped one turn short of falling. Taylor shot 68 and tied for second with Carlos Ortiz and Adam Long.
(Brooks Koepka Has Entered The Tournament)
Todd could not have imagined this position a few years ago, when he had a case of the full yips and began thinking about another career. From February 2016 through the end of 2018, he played 35 times on the PGA Tour and missed the cut all but twice. But he battled through it and earned his card through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
"It's just amazing how fast this game can turn," Todd said. "It turned fast in the wrong direction for me in 2015, it turned fast the other direction for me, so I'm enjoying it and I'm just going to keep grinding.” The tournament was won in 2015 by Graeme McDowell, in 2016 by Pat Perez, in 2017 by Patton Kizzire, in 2018 by Matt Kuchar and last year by Todd.
Brooks Koepka. Searching for his next victory
Abraham Ancer. Incredibly consistent
Justin Thomas. Still smarting after The Masters
Brooks Koepka. Four-time major winner is in the field
Abraham Ancer. Ready for his first win - and what a place to do it
Justin Thomas. Serial winner
Tony Finau. Why doesn’t this guy win bucketloads of tournaments?
Brendon Todd. Defending champion
Rickie Fowler. Still looking to make swing changes work
Carlos Ortiz. Mexican who won in Houston and is bang in form
Corey Conners. Has been showing some really good form
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