PGA Tour
PGA - Mayakoba Golf Classic
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th
SITE: El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2006)
PAR: 71
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 5 490 Yds17 - Par 4 386 Yds
9 - Par 4 416 Yds18 - Par 4 458 Yds
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36 3,444 Yds35 3,479 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Johnson Wagner
Runner-Up:  Spencer Levin
Tournament Record:  264 (Brian Gay, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  195 (Fred Funk, 2007; Brian Gay, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Mark Wilson, Kevin Na, 2009; Joe Durant, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (Roland Thatcher, 2008)
Total Purse:  $3,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $660,000; 2nd Place - $399,600; 3rd Place - $251,600
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Johnson Wagner *267Bobby Gates272
Spencer Levin267Brian Gay272
John Cook270Jarrod Lyle272
Chris Stroud271Rory Sabbatini272
Briny Baird272David Toms272

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Mayakoba Golf Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Johnson Wagner (267) -- Spencer Levin
2010Cameron Beckman (269) -- Joe Durant, Brian Stuard
2009Mark Wilson (267) -- J.J. Henry
2008Brian Gay (264) -- Steve Marino
2007*Fred Funk (266) -- Jose Coceres

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20072008200920102011
Johnson Wagner------------Won
Spencer Levin------mcT-282nd
John CookT-26---------3rd
Briny BairdT-63T-12T-6T-4T-5
Jarrod LyleT-35---T-6T-9T-5
Brian GayT-41WonT-20---T-5
Rory Sabbatini------------T-5
Cameron Beckman7thT-42T-15Won12th
Charles Howell III------T-38T-20T-13
J.J. Henry------2ndT-48T-19
Jhonattan Vegas------------T-19
Joe OgilvieT-18T-12mcT-63T-29
Richard S. JohnsonmcT-48wdT-4T-35
Boo Weekley6th------T-55T-35
Chad Collins---mc---T-4T-42
Chris RileyT-18T-22T-28T-13T-42
John MerrickT-48T-3T-28T-48T-45
Jerry KellyT-26---T-6T-28T-50
Kevin StadlerT-13T-48T-20T-9T-74
Fred FunkWonT-63------mc
Robert Allenby---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Spencer Levin
Darkhorse - Jarrod Lyle
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Na) - Finished 76th
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Rollins) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. 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. Five of the top-75 players in the world are in the field - Spencer Levin (69), Robert Allenby (70), Charles Howell III (71), defending champion Johnson Wagner (72) and Rory Sabbatini (74). Wagner captured the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. The 126-player field will battle it out for a purse of $3.7 million with the winner taking home $660,000.

Several premier Champions Tour players are in the field - John Cook, 2007 champion Fred Funk, Tom Lehman and Nick Price. 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, Stadler and Funk.

Former major champions Greg Norman and Jose Maria Olazabal are also in the field. This will be Norman's second PGA Tour event of 2012. He withdrew from the Humana Challenge after the second round in January. Prior to that tournament, Norman had not played in a PGA Tour event since the 2009 British Open. Norman designed the course for this week's tournament, El Camaleon Golf Club, which 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.

Last year, Wagner parred the first playoff hole to defeat Levin and win. Wagner fired rounds of 69-66-65-67 to end at 17-under-par 267. He was joined there by Levin, who fired a six-under 65 in the final round. The duo returned to the 18th hole for the playoff, and Wagner walked off with his second PGA Tour title thanks to a two-putt par.

In 2010, Cameron Beckman posted a four-under 67 in the final round to come from behind and win. Beckman finished the championship at 15-under 269 and won the title by two strokes over Brian Stuard and Joe Durant, who led after each of the first three rounds, but struggled to a one-over 72 on the final day. The win was Beckman's third on the PGA Tour after the 2001 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and the 2008 Frys.com Open. Beckman was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s.

In 2008, after going 292 career starts without a win, Brian Gay picked up his first PGA Tour victory. 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 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 Funk birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Coceres. Funk finished the event at 14-under-par 266 and 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.

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.

Next week, the PGA Tour travels to Florida for The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, where Sabbatini is the defending champion.

02/21 13:25:27 ET

As of February 21, 2012, at 01:25 PM ET