El Camaleon Golf Club is the centerpiece of the Mayakoba Resort, home to four separate properties along the Riviera Maya 42 miles from Cancun, Mexico. Designed by Greg Norman, the golf course measures 7,000 yards and opened for play in 2005. The 7th and 15th holes play right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
The course bends through three distinct landscapes -dense tropical jungles, mangrove forests, and oceanfront stretches of sand and is bisected by massive limestone canals. Greg Norman has even incorporated a cenote, an ancient underground cavern and river system into the center of the opening fairway.
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My tips to Win:
This weeks defending champion is Victor Hovland 18/1 – with WilliamHill – who it seems from his two starts since the Ryder Cup has taken a while to get back into the rhythm of stroke-play golf, but his opening round 65 at The CJ Cup showed glimpses of what we have now come to expect from the Norwegian golfer. After a couple of weeks off recharging his batteries and no doubt working on his golf game, I feel he will be the man to beat this week.
And of course I am going to tip Abraham Ancer 20/1 – with BetFred – who has four Top 20 finishes in this event from his six starts, two of which have been Top 10 finishes. Abraham won his first PGA Tour event last year and it was a big one, taking the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational. It was a good year for Ancer as he also had runner-up and eight Top 10 finishes four of which were Top 5s and he will be looking to perform well in front of a partisan crowd this week.
Part of the winning Ryder Cup team and now two time winner on the PGA Tour Tony Finau 28/1 – with WilliamHill – should be in confident mood when he tees it up here this week. Tony has three Top 20 finishes here from his five starts two of which are Top 10 finishes and finished last season in great form and now the dust of the Ryder Cup is settled I expect him to be back challenging this week.
It has been a good year for Billy Horschel 30/1 – with BetFred – who won on both the PGA and European Tour taking the WGC Dell Technologies match-play and following that up with the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Billy also had a runner-up finish at the WGC Workday Championship. This will be Horschel’s first tournament of the new wraparound season and he does have four Top 25 finishes from his six starts here including a fifth-place finish last year and I expect him to be challenging this week
It’s no surprise that I am also going with Mexican Carlos Ortiz 80/1 – with SportingBet – who has had three Top 10 finishes here from his seven starts one of which was a runner-up finish when he agonisingly missed out by a shot. Carlos won his first event on the PGA Tour last year taking the Houston Open and although he hasn’t got off to the greatest of starts this season you know he will be going all out to win in from of his home support.
I am writing this guide on Sunday as the Butterfield Bermuda Championship is being played and Lucas Herbert 90/1 – with OddsChecker – is currently sitting in the runner-up spot after missing two cuts in his first two starts to the new wraparound season. I did tip Lucas earlier in the year at the Irish Open which he went onto win. No matter if he goes onto win in Bermuda he will take a lot of confidence going into this week.
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