Golf Rankings for Mayakoba Golf Classic
With 64 of the best golfers in the world attempting to win the bracket at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the field for this secondary event is understandably light. This is just the sixth time the Mayakoba Golf Classic at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Cancun, Mexico will be held, so there is little history to rely on for most players. This course was designed by Greg Norman, who will be competing this week in addition to several other veteran players from his era.
Johnson Wagner [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #194
In Wagner’s first start at Cancun, he walked away with the trophy last year. In addition, he's been on a roll this season. Wagner opened the year with three top-10s, highlighted by winning the Sony Open and a runner-up performance the following week at the Humana Challenge. Wagner sits sixth in strokes gained – putting, 10th in birdie average, 12th in scoring average and 28th in All-Around Ranking.
Among golfers with more than three starts at Cancun, Lyle’s 13.8 average finish tops the field this week. Over the last three years, he did not finish outside of the top 10 and earned a career-best T5 in 2011. Coming off a season-best T4 in last week’s Northern Trust Open, Lyle’s timing couldn't be better to do more damage south of the border.
In his third career start at Cancun, Levin finished as the runner-up last year. After blowing a victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Levin bounced back with a T9 the following week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. While he struggled in last week’s Northern Trust Open, Levin currently ranks 20th in scoring average as one of the top picks in this very limited field.
In addition to winning this event in 2008, Gay finished T5 at Cancun last year. In four starts this season, he owns a pair of top-20 results. Gay is presently 23rd in scoring average and 29th in All-Around Ranking.
Rory Sabbatini [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #168
Last year was Sabbatini's first start at Cancun and saw him finish T5. While he has missed his last two cuts, Sabbatini began the season with three straight top-30 finishes, including a pair of top-15s. The native of South Africa currently ranks eighth in strokes gained - putting, 18th in birdie average and 37th in All-Around Ranking.
After missing his first three cuts of the season, Baird finished T34 in last week’s Northern Trust Open. Things should continue to roll this week into Cancun. Baird has finished 12th or better in four straight at the site, including two straight top-fives. Outside of a ranking of 19th in strokes gained – putting, Baird is not a statistical standout but has been stellar here.
Since 2007, Beckman has finished 15th or better five times at Cancun highlighted by a win in 2010. Beckman began this season with two missed cuts, but has made the last three. However, since he’s finished outside of the top 60 in two straight you’ll have to put all your faith in his history at Cancun.
After opening his season with a share of second at the Sony Open, Howell has finished outside of the top 30 in four straight and is coming off his first missed cut of the year. At Cancun, Howell has seen his finish improve over the last three years going from T38 to T20 to T13.
Chris Stroud [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #141
Stroud is a big hit or miss player this week. At Cancun he’s finished 12th or better in two of the last four years, including a career-best fourth last year. This season he owns a pair of finishes inside the top-15, but missed the cut in his other three starts. Stroud showed a similar type of streakiness last year, so his performance is clearly hard to predict.
After a T3 at Cancun in 2009, Slocum finished T13 the following year but skipped this event in 2011. Slocum missed two straight cuts to begin this season, but has finished T33 and T40 in his February starts.
Huh currently leads all rookies in FedExCup points, making all four of his cuts with a top-10 and two top-12 finishes. He currently ranks 13th in total driving, 14th in scoring average and fifth in All-Around Ranking. Among the numerous first timers suiting up this week, Huh is the one to target.
After opening the season with a pair of top-fives, Frazar has finished outside of the top 25 in three straight starts. However, he still ranks ninth in All-Around Ranking. Frazar has missed two cuts in four starts at Cancun with one top-20.