PGA - Mayakoba Golf Classic
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|DATES: Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th|
|SITE: El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2006)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 5 554 Yds||10 - Par 3 200 Yds|
|2 - Par 3 151 Yds||11 - Par 4 360 Yds|
|3 - Par 4 462 Yds||12 - Par 4 451 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 438 Yds||13 - Par 5 532 Yds|
|5 - Par 4 428 Yds||14 - Par 4 452 Yds|
|6 - Par 4 389 Yds||15 - Par 3 155 Yds|
|7 - Par 3 116 Yds||16 - Par 4 485 Yds|
|8 - Par 5 490 Yds||17 - Par 4 386 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 416 Yds||18 - Par 4 458 Yds|
|36 3,444 Yds||35 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|
|Johnson Wagner *||267||Bobby Gates||272|
|Spencer Levin||267||Brian Gay||272|
|John Cook||270||Jarrod Lyle||272|
|Chris Stroud||271||Rory Sabbatini||272|
|Briny Baird||272||David Toms||272|
|Past Mayakoba Golf Classic Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2011||*Johnson Wagner (267) -- Spencer Levin|
|2010||Cameron Beckman (269) -- Joe Durant, Brian Stuard|
|2009||Mark Wilson (267) -- J.J. Henry|
|2008||Brian Gay (264) -- Steve Marino|
|2007||*Fred Funk (266) -- Jose Coceres|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Charles Howell III||---||---||T-38||T-20||T-13|
|Richard S. Johnson||mc||T-48||wd||T-4||T-35|
|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|
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