PGA Tour
PGA - Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun
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DATES: Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st
SITE: El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2006)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,923
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 554 Yds10 - Par 3 200 Yds
2 - Par 3 151 Yds11 - Par 4 360 Yds
3 - Par 4 462 Yds12 - Par 4 451 Yds
4 - Par 4 438 Yds13 - Par 5 532 Yds
5 - Par 4 428 Yds14 - Par 4 452 Yds
6 - Par 4 389 Yds15 - Par 3 155 Yds
7 - Par 3 116 Yds16 - Par 4 485 Yds
8 - Par 4 490 Yds17 - Par 4 386 Yds
9 - Par 4 416 Yds18 - Par 4 458 Yds
35 3,444 Yds35 3,479 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Brian Gay
Runner-Up:  Steve Marino
Tournament Record:  264 (Brian Gay, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  195 (Fred Funk, 2007; Brian Gay, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Fred Funk, Cameron Beckman, Boo Weekley, 2007)
Course Record:  61 (Roland Thatcher, 2008)
Total Purse:  $3,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $648,000; 2nd Place - $388,800; 3rd Place - $244,800
2008 Finish
Brian Gay264Patrick Sheehan270
Steve Marino266Peter Lonard271
Matt Kuchar268Tim Petrovic271
John Merrick268Nick Flanagan273
Cliff Kresge269Roland Thatcher273
Past Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Brian Gay (264) -- Steve Marino
2007*Fred Funk (266) -- Jose Coceres

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Brian GayT-41Won
Steve Marino8th2nd
John MerrickT-48T-3
Cliff Kresge---5th
Peter Lonard3rdT-7
Joe OgilvieT-18T-12
Joe Durant---T-12
Corey Pavin---T-12
Cameron Beckman7thT-42
Kevin StadlerT-13T-48
Jesper ParnevikT-35T-63
Jose Coceres2ndT-69
Y.E. Yang---mc
Dudley HartT-48---
Chad Campbell------
Paul Goydos------
Fredrik Jacobson------
Brett Quigley------
David Toms------
Scott Verplank------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bill Lunde
Darkhorse - Brendon de Jonge
Last Week's Pick to Win - (Kenny Perry) - Finished tied for 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse - (Shigeki Maruyama) - Missed the cut
The PGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. The top players in the world will not be competing at this event, as they are playing in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. Six of the top-100 players in the world are in the field - David Toms (65), Dudley Hart (69), Chad Campbell (70), Scott Verplank (84), Fredrik Jacobson (87) and defending champion Brian Gay (90). The 132-player field will battle it out for a purse of $3,600,000, up $100,000 from last year. The winner takes home $648,000.

Last year, after going 292 career starts without a win, Gay picked up his first PGA Tour victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Gay completed the tournament at 16-under-par 264, which was a new record. The previous 72-hole record of 266 was set in 2007 by Fred Funk and Jose Coceres. Gay jumped in front by five strokes following a third-round 62. Gay's final winning margin of two strokes over Steve Marino was the closest anyone came to him during the final round.

In 2007, 50-year-old Fred Funk birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Jose Coceres and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Funk finished the event at 14- under-par 266. Funk held at least a share of the lead following every round. The victory was his eighth PGA Tour win and first since the 2005 Players Championship. Fred Funk has now won six (of 12) PGA events when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

With the win in 2007, Funk became the second player to win a PGA Tour event after winning a Champions Tour event. Craig Stadler was the first to accomplish the feat. Funk also joined a rare club of players who have captured PGA Tour events in their 50s. Six players have posted wins in their 50s: Sam Snead, Art Wall, Jim Barnes, John Barnum, Funk and Stadler.

The 2007 tournament was the first PGA Tour event held in Mexico. In fact, it was the first official event conducted by the PGA Tour held outside of the United States and Canada.

El Camaleon Golf Club opened for play in 2006. The course bends through mangrove jungles, limestone canals and oceanfront stretches of sand. There is a massive underground cavern in the heart of the opening fairway. The course is located 35 minutes from downtown Cancun on the Riviera Maya. The 462-yard, par-four third hole ranked as the 22nd-toughest on the PGA Tour in 2008, with a scoring average of 4.385.

Next week, the PGA Tour travels to Florida for the first of four straight weeks in the Sunshine State. First up is the Honda Classic, where Ernie Els is the defending champion.

02/24 16:55:44 ET

As of February 24, 2009, at 04:55 PM ET