The unique PGA Tour schedule moves along as players return to the course with a fairly well-known field at the Mayakoba Golf Classic held at El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico. The tournament is already underway with five Canadians competing this weekend including Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Roger Sloan, Michael Gligic and Drew Nesbitt. David Hearn was expected to be a part of this event, but he withdrew from the tournament. At this time of this article, no reason has been given.
Justin Thomas is listed as the betting favorite to win this event, and he is joined by well-known players including Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler and others. Brendon Todd won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2019 at -20 and is among the competitors at this year’s tournament.
Before we get into the betting info for the 2020 version of the tournament in Mexico, let’s get to know the five players who are originally from two countries higher on the North America map.
Corey Conners has developed himself to be the best Canadian golfer in just about any tournament he competes in. He has competed in eight PGA Tour events so far this season and after missing the cut in the first two, he advanced to the weekend in his last six events including three top-10 finishes in his last three events. Conners finished in a tie for eighth place at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood in addition to two 10th place finishes in his previous two events at The Masters and The RSM Classic. Conners missed the cut in his previous appearance in the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which was in 2018.
Adam Hadwin competed in six events so far in the 2021 PGA Tour season and after making the cut in his first four events of his season, he failed in the last two in The Masters and The RSM Classic. His best finish so far was a tie for 28th place in The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek on Oct. 18. Hadwin last competed in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2018 when he finished in 10th place overall with a -16 score.
Through five PGA Tour events in the 2021 season, Sloan made the cut in three of them, all of which came in the last three tournaments including the Sanderson Farms Championship, Bermuda Championship and The RSM Classic. His best finish so far was on Nov. 1 when he tied for 16th at the Bermuda Championship. Sloan missed the cut in last year’s Mayakoba Golf Classic after shooting even through the first two rounds with the cut set at -1.
Michael Gligic is entering his seventh tournament of the PGA season, and he made the cut in four of his six performances this season. His top performance of the year so far came in the Bermuda Championship where he finished in a tie for 11th place on Nov. 1. Gligic failed to make the cut in this event in 2019 after shooting four over par over his first two rounds.
The 25-year-old Drew Nesbitt is competing in his first event so far this season and has limited experience in competing at PGA Tour events. His last event came on March of this year at the Estrella del Mar Open where he placed 58th overall at -7. Nesbitt has never competed at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Mayakoba Golf Classic betting odds
Below are odds for many different betting options prior to the start of the weekend’s competition, all according to a popular United States sportsbook.
Thomas is the odds on favorite to win this tournament by a fairly large margin at +650. After him, it’s a bit of a drop off with Koepka having the second best odds at +1400, followed by Harris English at +1600, Finau at +1800 and Abraham Ancer at +2000 to round out the top five.
Among the Canadians, Conners leads the way at +3000 to win the tournament, which is the 10th best odds in the field. Hadwin is at +9000 with the 33rd best odds, Sloan is tied for 57th at +17500, Gligic is 94th at +40000 and Nesbitt is tied for last among the entire field to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic this weekend at +125000 odds.
Hole in one props
The US oddsmakers expect there to be a hole-in-one completed in this tournament with yes getting -175 odds and no at +130. However, the odds are against those who predict multiple holes in one over the course of the entire weekend. The odds of that happening is +200 with not happening odds set at -278 heading into the tournament.
The sportsbook is offering bettors odds on which Canadian golfer will finish the weekend with the best score in Mexico. Conners leads the pack at +120 odds, followed by Hadwin at +275, Sloan at +500, Gligic at +800 and Nesbit at +3300. Hearn was at +700 before withdrawing his name.