After a week off for Thanksgiving, the PGA Tour returns for its official 2020 finale near Cancun, Mexico, for the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Two weeks ago, Robert Streb, the No. 367 player in the world, earned his second career PGA Tour victory at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga., by defeating Kevin Kisner in a playoff to win the tournament at 300-1. Streb’s other PGA Tour win? Also at the RSM Classic in 2014. Streb earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption through August 2023 and an invitation to the 2021 Masters. In 2019, Streb had to go through the Korn Ferry Tour finals just to regain his PGA Tour card.
The PGA Tour returns to Mexico with a much stronger field than usual this week. But the tournament took a hit last week when Masters champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson decommitted. Johnson has won $21.8 million since Aug. 1, so he is content not to pick up the sticks until the new year at Kapalua.
World No. 3 Justin Thomas (13-2) and Brooks Koepka (10-1) are the headliners and favorites this week in Playa del Carmen. Harris English is priced lower than normal at 16-1, but he does have four top-10 finishes in his last eight events, including a T-4 at the U.S. Open, and he won here in 2013. Tony Finau (18-1) gained his lone PGA Tour win on a coastal course at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. Three players are priced at 20-1 — Daniel Berger, a winner this summer at Colonial; Viktor Hovland, a winner this year at the Puerto Rico Open; and Abraham Ancer, who returns to his native Mexico off playing in the Sunday final pairing at the Masters and has two top-10s in his last three Mayakoba events. Russell Henley has four top-10s in his last eight events, and he shares a 30-1 price with Rickie Fowler, who is struggling but did finish runner-up at this event in 2017. Defending Mayakoba champion Brendon Todd is slotted at 50-1.