Expert Picks: 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba


This week marks the seventh event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, as players head to Mexico for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Angel Cabrera: The Argentine has become surprisingly consistent following his breakthrough “non-major” victory at the Greenbrier Classic this summer and he has finished inside the top 15 in his last two starts.

Group 2: Brian Stuard: He rebounded from a tough start to the season with a tie for 13th at the CIMB Classic and finished runner-up last year in Mexico.

Group 3: Robert Streb: Easy pick from Group 3. All Streb has done this season is finish T-31, T-10, first and eighth to grab the early FedEx Cup lead.

Group 4: Lucas Glover: Former U.S. Open champion was in contention last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship before being derailed by a closing 76.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Ben Martin: Strong autumn, that includes his victory at the Shriners, gets even better this week. The glow of earning a first Masters invite radiates a long time.

Group 2: Chris Stroud: Finished top five in his last three starts at Mayakoba. Enough said.

Group 3: Robert Streb: A victory among three consecutive top 10s this fall makes him the hot hand here.

Group 4: Cameron Smith: Top 10s at CIMB and Hong Kong trump the MC at Sanderson last week.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Harris English: Defending champion should be able to get back on track in favorable surroundings.

Group 2: Erik Compton: Golf could use a cool story this type of year – and another Compton title contention would qualify.

Group 3: Tony Finau: Long-hitting rookie is already causing some commotion early in his first season.

Group 4: Hudson Swafford: Still believe this English lookalike is the next UGA product to claim his first PGA Tour victory.

John Antonini

Group 1: Cameron Tringale: There aren't many choices in this group, but Tringale fits the profile of the winners of the North American events on the 2014 Fall Series. He'd be a first-time PGA Tour champ, and at age 27 would fit in nicely with Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, Sang-Moon Bae and Ben Martin.

Group 2: Daniel Summerhays: The Mormon served his mission in Chile and speaks fluent Spanish, so he should have no communication problems in Mexico this week, which might make him a favorite among the gallery. He was T-5 in 2012 and was in contention until a final-round 73 knocked him down the leader board.

Group 3: Justin Leonard: Leonard would join fellow bunters Fred Funk and Brian Gay as veteran winners of this event. Only one previous champion of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba finished in the top 100 on the PGA Tour in driving distance in the season of his win. That was Harris English a year ago. Here's to guessing Leonard has that going for him.

Group 4: Spencer Levin: Like Summerhays, Levin has some unfinished business in Mayakoba. After four rounds in the 60s in 2011, he lost a playoff to Johnson Wagner, making bogey on his first extra hole.