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2020 Mayakoba Golf Classic: Latest betting odds, favorites and sleeper picks for El Camaleon Golf Club

Harris English at the 2020 CJ Cup
At 16-1 odds, Harris English looks like a good bet to win this week's Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka merit a lot of attention in Mexico, but Harris English, a 16-1 pick, could be the best bet

After a two-week hiatus, we are back with the last official PGA Tour event of 2020. Since we last visited the betting corner, the best player in the world has slipped into a green jacket, and Charles Barkley showed us that he owns some remnants of a golf swing. We now arrive at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where Brendon Todd finished off the PGA Tour’s most recent back-to-back winning run: the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

El Camaleon Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman in 2004 and has hosted the Mayakoba event since 2007. The tournament initially had a spring date opposite the WGC Match Play until landing its own fall slot in 2019. It was the first PGA Tour event to be contested outside of the U.S. and Canada.

According to William Hill, the clear favorite this week will be world No. 3 Justin Thomas, at 13-2. He will be making his first start since finishing fourth two weeks ago at the Masters. Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion who is trending upward, was next, at 11-1. Harris English, one of the steadiest players on the PGA Tour in recent months, was listed at 16-1. Tony Finau was an 18-1 pick.

For our favorite, we’re going to take the hot hand of Harris English, at 16-1. Not only does he present the most value, but in 2013 he won here for his second career PGA Tour title. Since June, English has moved from 155th to 33rd in the world. Last season, he ranked seventh in total strokes gained. Look for English to have another strong week.

For a midrange pick, we’re going with another trending player in Canadian Corey Conners, at 33-1. He has made six straight cuts, including three top 10s in his past four starts. Conners led the PGA Tour in ball-striking in 2020, so look for him to continue his form at El Camaleon.

For a sleeper, we’re going with local favorite Carlos Ortiz, at 50-1. It’s his first start since fending off Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama at the recent Houston Open to earn his first PGA Tour victory. He tied for second in this event last year, so Ortiz should be in contention to become the first Mexican to win at Mayakoba.

2020 picks scoreboard:

Winners: 3
Top 10s: 18
Top 25s: 9
Misses: 28

Here are some notable odds, according to William Hill:
Justin Thomas 13-2
Brooks Koepka 11-1
Harris English 16-1
Tony Finau 18-1
Viktor Hovland 20-1
Daniel Berger 20-1
Abraham Ancer 22-1
Russell Henley 25-1
Joaquin Niemann 30-1
Rickie Fowler 30-1
Corey Conners 30-1
Will Zalatoris 33-1
Billy Horschel 35-1
Carlos Ortiz 35-1
Sebastian Munoz 40-1
Marc Leishman 40-1
Brendon Todd 50-1
Gary Woodland 50-1
Charles Howell III 50-1
Brian Harman 50-1
Emiliano Grillo 55-1
Scott Piercy 60-1
Patton Kizzire 60-1
Adam Long 60-1
Alex Noren 60-1
Harold Varner III 66-1
Joel Dahmen 66-1
Chez Reavie 70-1
Keegan Bradley 70-1
Russell Knox 70-1
Charley Hoffman 80-1
Denny McCarthy 80-1
Sepp Straka 80-1
Byeong Hun-An 80-1
Chris Kirk 80-1
Rory Sabbatini 90-1
Doug Ghim 100-1
John Huh 100-1
Kevin Streelman 100-1
Maverick McNealy 100-1
Henrik Norlander 100-1
Brian Gay 100-1
Graeme McDowell 100-1
Austin Cook 100-1
Aaron Wise 100-1
Peter Malnati 100-1

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