A group of players from Argentina, Australia, Venezuela, South Africa, Spain and Sweden are the latest International players to commit to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba scheduled for November 11-17 at the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Cancún region.
In addition, two of golf’s hottest young players have committed to play. The 21-year-old Brooks Koepka led entering the final round of the Frys.com Open last week before finishing third. So far in 2013, the Florida State standout has won three times on the European Challenge Tour. Roberto Castro, 28, had an impressive finish to the PGA TOUR season late this summer and into the fall. After finishing second at the AT&T National, Castro was tied for 12th at the PGA Championship and in the four-event FedExCup Playoffs was never out of the top 25, including two top-10s. He finished the regular season 29th on the PGA TOUR money list.
Tournament officials announced today commitments from Tim Clark (South Africa), Alvaro Quiros (Spain), Jordi Garcia Pinto (Spain), Freddie Jacobson (Sweden), Andres Romero (Argentina), Jose Coceres (Argentina), Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) and both Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby (Australia).
To date, 30 International players are in the field.
“We have always been proud to host a variety of international players at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba,” said Joe Mazzeo, Tournament Director. “As Mexico’s only PGA TOUR event and the only full-field event offering full FedEx Cup points outside the United States or Canada, it is important to us to maintain the international feel to this event. Each week the field continues to gain in strength and in character as we prepare for a new era in this event’s history.”
Clark is currently ranked 70th in the world and is a past champion of the prestigious THE PLAYERS Championship. Quiros, is a six-time winner on the European Tour and Garcia Pinto won this year on the European Challenge Tour. Romero and Coceres have a combined three wins on the PGA TOUR. Coceres finished second in the inaugural OHL Classic at Mayakoba, losing in a playoff to Fred Funk in 2007. Allenby was another victim of a Mayakoba playoff, losing last year to John Huh in an historical, eight-hole playoff—the second longest in PGA TOUR history. Vegas, winner of the 2011 Humana Challenge, is the first player from his country to win on the PGA TOUR. Appleby is a nine-time winner and Jacobson has one victory on TOUR.
Earlier tournament officials announced commitments from eight major championship winners—Darren Clarke (British Open), Mark Calcavecchia (British Open), Lucas Glover (U.S. Open), Trevor Immelman (Masters), Justin Leonard (British Open), Davis Love III (PGA Championship), David Toms (PGA Championship) and Mike Weir (Masters). Collectively, this group has won more than 70 titles on the PGA TOUR.
Huh, who won the 2012 OHL Classic at Mayakoba, will return to defend his title. Huh’s victory propelled him to PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors last year. Joining Huh are all other past champions of the tournament—Fred Funk (2007), Brian Gay (2008), Mark Wilson (2009), Cameron Beckman (2010) and Johnson Wagner (2011).
The 2013 edition of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba represents the beginning of a new era for Mexico’s only PGA TOUR event. For the past six years, the tournament has been played opposite the World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championship in which the world’s top 64 players were required to play. This year, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba has its own date on the PGA TOUR calendar.
Additionally, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba has increased its purse to US$6 million and will offer a winner’s check of US$1.08 million as well as a full allotment of 500 FedExCup points to the champion. The prize purse continues to be the largest in all of golf in Latin America. The event is contracted until 2018, representing a total commitment of 12 years by the PGA TOUR to Mexico. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba is the only golf tournament staged in Mexico which offers full television coverage—with 12 hours of live High Definition broadcast slated for 2013.
OHL, a multi-billion dollar construction and development company based in Madrid, Spain, serves as the tournament’s primary sponsor after developing the Mayakoba resort as a tourism complex. Included in the award-winning resort are three luxury hotels and the tournament venue, the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club. Further development at Mayakoba will see the construction of two additional luxury hotels and the creation of a second phase of the property which will ultimately feature a second championship-caliber golf course and additional hotels and real estate properties.
Through six years, Mayakoba has welcomed some of the biggest names and most accomplished players in professional golf. Among the event’s past participants are: Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, K.J. Choi, John Daly, Jason Day, David Duval, Bill Haas, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Fredrik Jacobson, Lee Janzen, Jerry Kelly, Matt Kuchar, Tom Lehman, Graeme McDowell, Greg Norman, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Price, Rory Sabbatini, Brandt Snedeker, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley and more.
For further information about the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, please visit www.ohlclassic.com.
ABOUT THE OHL CLASSIC AT MAYAKOBA
The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007. Today, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba remains “Mexico’s Only PGA TOUR Event” as it prepares to enter a new era with a new fall date in the expanded FedEx Cup schedule. The event is regarded as one of the finest on the PGA TOUR by players, their families, sponsors and the TOUR itself. With a purse of $6 million USD, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba boasts the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America. To be held annually in November, the tournament features 132 professional golfers participating in four rounds of stroke play competition at the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club at Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya-Cancún regions of Mexico. Rookie John Huh claimed the title in 2012, winning $666,000 USD. Other past champions include: Fred Funk (2007), Brian Gay (2008), Mark Wilson (2009), Cameron Beckman (2010) and Johnson Wagner (2011).
Located in the Riviera Maya just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba is an eco-friendly resort development on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools and sugar sand beaches, Mayakoba is home to three luxury hotels - Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The resort also offers a spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman. The signature course is home to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba - the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico. Six miles of freshwater lagoons that lead to a white sand beach with turquoise waters on the Caribbean Sea connect all of the hotels. Guests are transported in boats via canals made exclusively for the resort, which have led to Mayakoba being called “the Venice of the Yucatan.” Mayakoba is an eco-conscious development and has implemented significant practices to encourage sustainability. For more information, please visit http://www.mayakoba.com.
Based in Madrid, OHL has over 26,000 employees and in 2011 revenue reached the figure of $4.9 billion Euros. At the same time, OHL is strongly committed to environmental responsibility and in 2003 produced its first Sustainable Development Report. As Juan-Miguel Villar Mir, the chairman of the board of directors and the author of the report, noted, mindful attention to the long-term health of the environment creates a “virtuous circle” that benefits the company, its clients and the globe. OHL’s ecological diligence has served it well in México, where strong government regulations are enforced to protect the environment. A presence in México since 1980, OHL employs over 3,200 people there and has built highways, bridges, hotels and hospitals. The tourism complex at Mayakoba, which will eventually include two golf courses and five luxury hotels, is OHL’s most ambitious hospitality project to date.
ABOUT EL CAMALEÓN GOLF CLUB
El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba resort is yet another of Greg Norman’s masterworks. The 7,039-yard layout is unique—not just to Mexico but to the entire world of golf. The course bends through three distinct landscapes—mangrove jungles, limestone canals and stunning, oceanfront stretches of sand. El Camaleón incorporates a cenote, a massive underground cavern, into the heart of the opening fairway. The handsome, Mayan influenced clubhouse rises above the 18th green and features stunning views over the course. The adjoining practice facility and driving range are of international caliber. With Mayakoba’s unique system of waterways, golfers will be able to step out of their rooms and into a boat, which will ferry them directly to the first tee.