Expert picks: Mayakoba Golf Classic

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 21, 2012, 7:00 pm

This is another double week for fantasy players! GolfChannel.com experts offer up their fantasy choices below for the Mayakoba Golf Classic, and their selections for the WGC-Accenture Match Play can be seen here. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.


Win McMurry

Group 1: Spencer Levin: He comes into the week ready to avenge his playoff loss from a year ago and ready to get a win already! He finished third at Phoenix after his falter on Sunday but tied for ninth in a rebound effort at Pebble.

Group 2: Seung-yul Noh: He finished T-33 and T-27 in his last two starts. Noh is a very talented player who won't stay under the radar for long.

Group 3: Jarrod Lyle: He's hands down the best bet for your money in this group. He finished T-4 at Riviera and T-5 at this event in Mexico a year ago.

Group 4: Cameron Beckman: He finished 12th last year at Mayakoba, about as good an indicator as you can have for anyone in this group.


Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Johnson Wagner: The Sony Open winner is the defending champion at Mayakoba and in great form to start the year.

Group 2: Brian Gay: Gay was T-5 in this event last year, coming off of a T-20 finish at Pebble. Back with Kip Henley, they're working well.

Group 3: Jarrod Lyle: Was in the top 10 here the last two years and didn't go away on Sunday at Rivera against, frankly, superior talent.

Group 4: Cameron Beckman: He's been in the top 15 here in four of his last five starts. It's his personal ATM.


Jason Sobel

Group 1: Spencer Levin: Last year's playoff runner-up has been knocking on the door all year. This may finally be his week.

Group 2: Josh Teater: Playing some inspired golf lately, he's the type of guy who can pull his first win at a tournament like this one.

Group 3: Jarrod Lyle: In contention all week at Riviera, he should thrive against a more second-rate field.

Group 4: Tom Lehman: A year ago, fifty-something John Cook was solo third. Don't be surprised if this other super senior makes a similar statement.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Charles Howell III: That he's not in the WGC Match Play field is a testament to the inherent problems with the World Golf Ranking, but CHIII has gotten better with each start in Mexico.

Group 2: Erik Compton: He scrambled to make the cut last week in Los Angeles and punched his ticket to the PGA Tour with a victory at last year's Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour.

Group 3: Brendon Todd: Q-School medalist has been solid so far this season and could lock up his spot in next week's reshuffle with another workman-like week.

Group 4: Joe Durant: Veteran has a good history in Mexico. He finished runner-up at the Mayakoba Golf Classic event in 2010, and one of the game's top ball-strikers could excel if the winds come up.


Randall Mell

Group 1: Johnson Wagner: With his start, he probably should be at the Match Play. He'll tower tall this week.

Group 2: Danny Lee: Tough start to the new year, but tons of talent and this is a good place to break out.

Group 3: Jarrod Lyle: Nice and steady start to 2012, with a nice upturn at Riviera (T-4).

Group 4: Tom Lehman: Lehman will show the kids he's still got some mojo.


Rob Bolton

Group 1: Spencer Levin: Lost in last year's playoff. Enjoyed a torrid West Coast Swing despite a meltdown in Scottsdale.

Group 2: Brian Gay: Money in the bank. Recorded his first PGA Tour victory here in 2008 and finished T-5 last year.

Group 3: Jarrod Lyle: His T-4 at Riviera was a personal-best finish on the PGA Tour. Top-10s in each of his last three starts at the Mayakoba.

Group 4: Cameron Beckman: All-time money leader at this event; has a win and three more top-10s.


You can watch complete coverage of the Mayakoba Golf Classic Thursday-Saturday on Golf Channel from 6:30PM-8:30PM ET and Sunday from 7PM-9:30PM.

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Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

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Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.