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PGA - Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun
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DATES: Thursday, February 24th through Sunday, February 27th
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
36 3,444 Yds35 3,479 Yds
Annual:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Cameron Beckman
Runner-Up:  Joe Durant, Brian Stuard
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
2010 Finish
Cameron Beckman269J.P. Hayes272
Joe Durant271Richard S. Johnson272
Brian Stuard271Skip Kendall272
Briny Baird272Jarrod Lyle273
Chad Collins272Kevin Stadler273
Past Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Cameron Beckman7thT-42T-15Won
Joe Durant---T-12T-28T-2
Briny BairdT-63T-12T-6T-4
Richard S. JohnsonmcT-48wdT-4
Skip KendallT-9mc---T-4
Chad Collins---mc---T-4
Jarrod LyleT-35---T-6T-9
Kevin StadlerT-13T-48T-20T-9
Charles Warren------mcT-11
Ted PurdyT-48mcT-13T-13
Chris RileyT-18T-22T-28T-13
Mark Hensby---------T-13
Charles Howell III------T-38T-20
Jerry KellyT-26---T-6T-28
J.J. Henry------2ndT-48
John MerrickT-48T-3T-28T-48
Boo Weekley6th------T-55
Joe OgilvieT-18T-12mcT-63
Carl Pettersson---------T-67
David Toms------T-6---
Scott Verplank------T-15---
Brian GayT-41WonT-20---
Fred FunkWonT-63------
Aaron Baddeley------------
Rory Sabbatini------------
Jhonattan Vegas------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Aaron Baddeley
Darkhorse - Spencer Levin
Last Week's Pick to Win - (Luke Donald) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse - (Robert Karlsson) - Finished tied for 62nd
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. Five of the top-100 players in the world are in the field - Jhonattan Vegas (71), Aaron Baddeley (73), Scott Verplank (86), Carl Pettersson (96) and David Toms (99). Vegas won the Bob Hope Classic in January and Baddeley captured the Northern Trust Open last week. The 132-player field will battle it out for a purse of $3.7 million with the winner taking home $660,000. The purse increased $100,000 from last year.

Last year, 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 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 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 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. 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, Stadler and Funk.

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.

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

02/22 15:23:17 ET

As of February 22, 2011, at 03:23 PM ET