CANADIAN - Riviera Nayarit Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th
SITE: Litibu Golf Club, Nayarit, Mexico
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2010)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,022
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 391 Yds10 - Par 4 401 Yds
2 - Par 5 616 Yds11 - Par 3 224 Yds
3 - Par 4 400 Yds12 - Par 4 432 Yds
4 - Par 3 185 Yds13 - Par 4 483 Yds
5 - Par 5 515 Yds14 - Par 5 547 Yds
6 - Par 4 403 Yds15 - Par 4 421 Yds
7 - Par 4 344 Yds16 - Par 4 340 Yds
8 - Par 3 170 Yds17 - Par 3 130 Yds
9 - Par 4 455 Yds18 - Par 5 565 Yds
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36 3,479 Yds36 3,543 Yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  James Hahn (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Eduardo Herrera
Tournament Record:  266 (Wes Heffernan, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Wes Heffernan, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Wes Heffernan, Graham DeLaet, 2007)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Wes Heffernan, 2007 - Club de Golf El Tigre)
Total Purse:  $125,000
Payouts:  1st Place - $20,000; 2nd Place - $12,000; 3rd Place - $7,500
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
James Hahn269Matt Marshall275
Eduardo Herrera272Oscar Serna276
Darren Griff274Jon McLean276
Jose Trauwitz274Brock Mackenzie276
Andy Walker275Paulo Pinto276
 
Past Riviera Nayarit Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009James Hahn (269) -- Eduardo Herrera
2008Not Held
2007Wes Heffernan (266) -- Anthony Rodriguez

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20072009
Eduardo Herrera---2nd
Jose TrauwitzT-20T-3
Darren Griff---T-3
Wes HeffernanWonT-15
Lucas Lee---T-15
J. Rodriguez---T-39
Adam SpeirsT-2T-56
Rafael Gomez---mc
Andy Matthews---mc
Mauricio Molina---mc
Ryan Yipmc---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
Darkhorse - Rob Grube
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Andy Walker) - Finished tied for 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Matt Marshall) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The Canadian Tour stays in Mexico this week for the Riviera Nayarit Classic at Litibu Golf Club. This is the second straight tour event held in Mexico, with Andy Matthews winning the Corona Mazatlan Mexican PGA Championship last week. Six of the top-eight players on the money list are in the field.

Last year, James Hahn shot a four-under 68 in the final round to earn his second Canadian Tour victory. Hahn finished the championship at 19-under 269 and won by three strokes over Eduardo Herrera at the Pacifico Course at Punta Mita Club de Golf. Hahn won the Edmonton Open in a playoff earlier in 2009 for his first Canadian Tour victory.

In 2007, Wes Heffernan closed with a three-under 68 in the final round to cruise to a five-stroke win over Anthony Rodriguez at the inaugural event.

This is the ninth consecutive year that Mexico has played host to a Canadian Tour event. The Corona Ixtapa Classic was held from 2002-04; the Michelin Guadalajara Classic was held from 2003-04; the Corona Mazatlan Classic has been played from 2005-10; the Michelin Morelia Classic was held in 2005; the Culiacan Open was held in 2007; the Riviera Maya Open was held from 2007-09 and this event was first played in 2007.

Litibu Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman and opened for play in March. The layout gives players a mixture of Links style and trees with views of the Pacific Open.

The Canadian Tour travels to Canada for the first time from June 3-6 for the Times Colonist Open in Victoria, British Columbia. American Byron Smith captured the title last year.

04/20 17:32:40 ET

As of April 20, 2010, at 05:32 PM ET

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