If you don't want co-workers to talk about you, don't miss lunch. But at Golf Digest, you can't miss a fantasy golf podcast, either. That's what happened last week while I was in Las Vegas covering the inaugural Major Series of Putting and Joel Beall and Steve Hennessey made it like I was some degenerate gambler living it up in Sin City. Not quite, although I did bet on Patrick Cantlay to win the Shriners Open at 18-to-1 odds, and. . . cha-ching! Anyway, I'm back this week with Joel Beall to discuss Cantlay's big win, Tiger Woods' big quote, a lackluster performance in the company golf tournament, and, of course, our fantasy golf picks for this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Please have a listen:
And if you're more old school and would rather just read my normal weekly fantasy golf picks, here's my fab foursome in Mexico:
Beau Hossler: The young star who seems most likely to follow Patrick Cantlay into the winner's circle on the PGA Tour nearly beat him to it last week when he held the 54-hole lead in Las Vegas. Don't worry, there will be more. We are full Beau-lievers in this 22-year-old, who has gone T-10, T-7 the past two weeks.
Graeme McDowell: G-Mac posted a quiet T-10 in Vegas and now returns to a tournament where he picked up his last win on any tour in 2015. With the wind expected to pick up over the weekend, I like this hardy Ulsterman's chances even more at El Camaleon Golf Club.
Anirban Lahiri: More of a bomber than the typical profile of players who have performed well here, but he was in great position through 54 holes in his debut last year until a rough final round dropped him to T-28. Since single-handedly saving the Presidents Cup from being over a day early, Lahiri has top 10s at both the CIMB Classic and CJ Cup.
Charles Howell III: The top-20 machine has six in his past seven trips to Mexico. And not surprising, he also has top-20 finishes in his past two starts, including a T-15 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Put simply, you can expand a wrap-around season or turn back the clocks, but it doesn't matter. CH3 is always in check-cashing mode. And if I were back in Vegas, I'd definitely put a 20-spot on him at 30-to-1 odds.
Just missed: Pat Perez and Chesson Hadley.
And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:
Yahoo! lineup: There is no Yahoo! fantasy golf in the fall. Apparently, Yahoo! isn't a big fan of the PGA Tour's wrap-around schedule.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Charles Howell III.
And here's the podcast link again, if you want to hear Joel and I jabber: