2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic Betting Preview and Tips, El Camaleon · Riviera Maya, Mexico
Odds on the exchanges
Brian Gay 18/1
A good top 10 in Hawaii is the highlight of the season so far for Gay though he did top 20 at Pebble despite a horrid Saturday. This course however is right up Gay’s back alley, with its requirement for precision irons. He won here in 2008 shooting a third round 62 along the way and again contended last year tying fifth when his formline coming in was not as good as his right now.
Johnson Wagner 16/1
The favourite this week and justifiably so. Wagner won here last year with four rounds in the 60’s and beat Spencer Levin in a playoff. This year he already has a win at the Sony Open, a second at the Clinton Humana Challenge and a top 10 in Hawaii. Finished on level par last week at Riviera maintaining a record of having not finished over par for eight straight events.
Briny Baird 48/1
The man with the straw hat most famous for hitting a shot from a high rise into a baseball stadium! Okay that may be a bit harsh on Briny who always seems to front up at El Camaleon. He’s been in the top 10 for the last three years tying sixth in 2009, fourth in 2010 and fifth again last year. And he has bettered his score for the past three years. Last week was his first made cut this season so confidence is bound to be sky high! Seriously though, Mayakoba is one for experience and Baird has it in spades around here.
Spencer Levin 15/1
This could be the perfect week for Spencer Levin to grab a win. With all the top guys off playing matchplay in the desert it may be a case of “when the cats away the mice will play”. Levin recovered from his Phoenix final round meltdown to record another top 10 the following week at Pebble and though Riviera was spoiled with a Sunday 78, I fancy him for a good showing this week. Lost the playoff here to Johnson Wagner in 2011. Keep calm Spencer!
Jarrod Lyle 22/1
How impressive was Jarrod Lyle last week at Riviera? He finished the week tied for fourth on one of the toughest tracks of the year. The same precision iron play required to hit greens in regulation will be a requirement again this week. Lyle has played in this event three times and never been outside the top nine. T6 in 2009 was followed by a T9 in 2010 and a T5 last year. Big possibilities.