1st Place - $648,000; 2nd Place - $388,800; 3rd Place - $244,800
Past Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
Brian Gay (264) -- Steve Marino
*Fred Funk (266) -- Jose Coceres
* - Won in Playoff
Top Contenders in the Field
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Bill Lunde
Darkhorse - Brendon de Jonge
Last Week's Pick to Win - (Kenny Perry) - Finished tied for 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse - (Shigeki Maruyama) - Missed the cut
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. Six of the top-100 players in the world are in the field - David
Toms (65), Dudley Hart (69), Chad Campbell (70), Scott Verplank (84), Fredrik
Jacobson (87) and defending champion Brian Gay (90). The 132-player field will
battle it out for a purse of $3,600,000, up $100,000 from last year. The
winner takes home $648,000.
Last year, after going 292 career starts without a win, Gay picked up his
first PGA Tour victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. 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
In 2007, 50-year-old Fred Funk birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Jose
Coceres and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Funk finished the event at 14-
under-par 266. Funk 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. Fred 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, Funk and Stadler.
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. The 462-yard,
par-four third hole ranked as the 22nd-toughest on the PGA Tour in 2008, with
a scoring average of 4.385.
Next week, the PGA Tour travels to Florida for the first of four straight
weeks in the Sunshine State. First up is the Honda Classic, where Ernie Els is
the defending champion.
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