Jason Day hopes to get on track in Mexico
The 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic is set for Nov. 14-17 at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Jason Day ($11,000)
We took a hard look at defending champ Matt Kuchar, but then we remembered that Mayakoba was the setting for tip-gate a year ago, when Kooch stiffed his local caddie. So we landed on Day, the recent recipient of a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup who would love to reward Ernie Els for his good judgment. It's been a maddening 2019 for Day, who was 10th in the world at this time last year but has fallen to 28th this week and hasn't had a top 10 since The Masters. So what's the appeal? To put it bluntly, he's too good to play this bad. The guy's a 12-time winner and major champion and just needs something good to happen to re-open the floodgates of weekly contention. He did "win" The Challenge: Japan Skins a few weeks ago over Tiger, Rory and Hideki Matsuyama, and he went on to finish T22 at the ZOZO.
Danny Lee ($8,300)
Lee stormed through the Tour's Asian Swing with a solo second at the CJ Cup and a T10 at the ZOZO. And like the cuisine in that part of the world, it's left him hungry for more. Add to his current form the fact that he finished second here last year, a shot behind Kuchar, and you have a very appealing and reasonably priced roster filler.
Pat Perez ($8,100)
One of Perez's three career wins came at Mayakoba; he won this event in 2016 by two strokes over Gary Woodland, shooting 21-under, including a third-round 62. He added a T6 last year, going 66-67-67-67. Finished solo third at the Shriners a few weeks ago, so his current form is encouraging.
Graeme McDowell ($7,800)
The ever-rootable G-Mac can't quite find his footing. In his most recent outing, he withdrew from the ZOZO after an opening 81 — but that came on the heels of a T15 in Italy and a T16 at the CJ Cup. His last win did come in tropical climes — in the Dominican in March — and, oh yeah, he's a past winner of this event, going 67-63-70-66 and winning in a playoff in 2015. Interestingly, he remains the only non-American winner of the Mayakoba, which began in 2007.
Scott Piercy ($7,600)
Like Lee, Perez and G-Mac, Piercy's a bit of a course horse play, with a T6 here last year (on the strength of a final-round 62) to go with a T4 in 2016 and a T16 in 2014. Not much to show for his season so far, although if he can escape the one-bad-round syndrome that's been plaguing him, he's overdue for a solid finish. His ball-striking has been excellent, even amid the middling results — he's third in SG: Approach the Green and 16th in GIR.
Ryan Armour ($7,200)
After a trio of missed cuts to start the 2019-20 season, Armour has righted the ship with a pair of strong showings — a T23 at the Houston Open, and a T8 at the Bermuda Championship, where he finished 15-under. The trend line is positive, in other words. Posted a T21 at the Mayakoba last year. Fifth on Tour in SG: Approach the Green.