Beckman wins Mayakoba Classic|
Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Sports Network) - Cameron Beckman posted a four-
under 67 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic at
Beckman finished the championship at 15-under 269 and won the title by two
strokes over Brian Stuard, who had a five-under 66 in the final round, and Joe
Durant, who led after each of the first three rounds, but struggled to a one-
over 72 on Sunday.
The win was Beckman's third on the PGA Tour after the 2001 Southern Farm
Bureau Classic and the 2008 Frys.com Open.
"Winning out here is tough," said Beckman, who pocketed $648,000 for the win.
"There's really no easy way do it. I've done it a couple different ways now,
but it's a great feeling."
Actually, there has been one constant in Beckman's three wins. In all three,
Beckman trailed by three strokes heading into the final round, but overcame
the deficit to win.
On Sunday, Durant was in front, but Beckman started beautifully with back-to-
back birdies from the second. He dropped a shot at the sixth, but got the
stroke back with a birdie at the par-five eighth.
Beckman was at 13-under par, but still trailed Durant.
The leader after every round was even on his round thanks to two birdies, both
from in close, and two bogeys, including a three-putt from the fringe at the
At the par-five 13th, Beckman had a little birdie putt and almost missed it.
The ball fell in and he was tied for the lead with Durant and J.P. Hayes at
Hayes was the first to fall off the pace. He hit a terrible drive at the 13th
in the final group and was never a big factor again.
Durant, who has four PGA Tour wins, but no strong status on tour, bogeyed the
15th hole and fell one behind. Beckman birdied No. 17 after a great sand-wedge
approach and was two clear with one to go.
Beckman parred the last, Durant couldn't make any birdies and the title was
"You know I'm cruising along playing, and all of a sudden I know I'm tied for
the lead," said Beckman. "That makes you nervous. Now you know you got a
chance to win and you really got to tighten up and concentrate."
Skip Kendall (64), Richard S. Johnson (65), Briny Baird (68), Chad Collins
(70) and Hayes (71) tied for fourth place at 12-under 272.
NOTES: Last year's winner Mark Wilson shot a two-under 69 on Sunday and tied
for 28th at minus-five...John Daly had a 10-over 81 in the final round and
went from a tie for 17th after three rounds to a share of 67th at plus-
three...Next week, the tour heads to Phoenix.
02/21 19:55:27 ET