12th Mayakoba Golf Classic PGA Tour
THE PGA TOUR RETURNS TO CANCUN AND RIVIERA MAYA FOR THE 2018 MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Q.ROO (July 12, 2018) – The Mayakoba Golf Classic will crown its new champion in less than four months from today as the Mayakoba Resort will celebrate 12 years of professional golf this year. 132 PGA TOUR players will return to El Camaleón Golf Club from November 5-11 to compete for a US$7.2 million purse in the 2018 edition of the annual event.
Once again, the tournament will be televised and broadcast through the PGA TOUR’s global distribution network to more than 220 countries and territories around the world reaching more than 1 billion households. Additionally ESPN Mexico, Fox Sports Latin America, Claro Sports, Golf Channel Latin America and other media members will produce recap shows with highlights, interviews and other related content, promoting Mayakoba and the regions of Cancun and Riviera Maya as top tourism destinations.
For the 12th edition, Mayakoba and tournament organizers and sponsors have elected to use the name Mayakoba Golf Classic, to capitalize on the international exposure for the Mayakoba brand and to continue promoting the resort and the destinations of Cancun and Riviera Maya.
Throughout its history, the tournament has received tremendous support and leadership from the tourism authorities of the country and the state of Quintana Roo. Dario Flota, Director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, explained that the Cancun and Riviera Maya regions continue to set the standard as leaders with the highest quality of hotel services and infrastructure., as seen and experienced by the PGA TOUR annually.
“We are very proud that our region has been able to enjoy the international and national spotlight for the past 12 years as home to the best golf in Latin America,” Flota said. “We are once again ready for the pros to visit and face the challenging El Camaleón Golf Club; and also for all the international and domestic tourists to enjoy our hotels, service, culinary experiences, entertainment and of course the natural beauty of Riviera Maya and Cancun.”
Tournament Director Joe Mazzeo commented that the growth of golf in Mexico has accelerated over the last 12 years thanks in part to the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Thanks to the incredible experiences enjoyed by the professionals during the event, PGA TOUR players have become some ofthe best ambassadors for the event and the Riviera Maya and Cancun destinations.
“We are very proud that our pioneering PGA TOUR event in Mexico is celebrating 12 years,” Mazzeo said. “We are also pleased that it has helped to promote the sport of golf in our region and that year after year the field becomes stronger thanks to the excellent hospitality and the impeccable conditions of the El Camaleón Golf Club.”
Among the main goals since the event’s founding in 2007 has been to grow the game of golf. And in the ensuing 12 years, the sport has grown exponentially in Mexico. A prime example is the success enjoyed by Mexican players currently participating on the different professional tours.
PGA TOUR member Abraham Ancer is in position to retain his status as a member on the world’s most prestigious tour. Next week, Ancer will become just the second Mexican to participate in The Open Championship since 2002, when Esteban Toledo last participated. Additionally, Roberto Díaz is currently a member of the PGA TOUR for the 2017-18 season and is fighting to keep his card for next season.
Carlos Ortiz and José de Jesús Rodríguez, current members of the Web.com Tour, have enjoyed great results in 2018 and are slated to become members of the PGA TOUR for the 2018-19 season. Other players still have opportunities to obtain PGA TOUR membership through the Web.com finals. The Mayakoba Golf Classic will once again award three special exemptions for Mexican professionals, assuring tremendous representation of Mexico at this year’s event as is tradition.
Spectators will enjoy three key pillars within the 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic: #GOLFisGiving #GOLFisFamily and #GOLFisGourmet. This year, the culinary activities will be sponsored and presented by Tequila Patron. Participants will enjoy of a great variety of culinary experiences highlighting the great Mexican culture, food and tequila.
Since its inception in 2007, the tournament has contributed more than $2.5 million to a variety of charities and philanthropic causes, positively impacting the communities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic is committed to growing the game of golf and continuing the development of the sport. During tournament week, there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and learn about golf.
For more information on Mayakoba Golf Classic, Mexico’s pioneering PGA TOUR event, please visit: www.mayakobagolfclassic.com or through social media. Facebook: Mayakoba Golf Classic Instagram: MayakobaGolfClassic. Twitter: @MayakobaGolf. #ONLYatMayakoba #MGC #MayakobaGolfClassic
ABOUT MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC
Mayakoba Golf Classic made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside the United States and Canada. A pioneer in Mexico, the Mayakoba Golf Classic celebrates this year its 12ve anniversary. Mayakoba Golf Classic boasts a purse of $7,200,000 USD, which is among the largest on the PGA TOUR. 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-Cancun regions of Mexico. Patton Kizzire of the United States is the current defending champion. Other past champions include Fred Funk (2007), Brian Gay (2008), Mark Wilson (2009), Cameron Beckman (2010), Johnson Wagner (2011), John Huh (2012), Harris English (2013), Charley Hoffman (2014), Graeme McDowell (2015) and Pat Perez (2016).
Located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba is an ecological complex on the coasts ofthe Mexican Caribbean. Mayakoba is a property ofRLH Properties and is home offour luxury hotels – Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba. Surrounded by the natural beauty of its lagoons, pools and beaches, the resort also offers a spectacular 18-hole golfcourse designed by the PGA TOUR legend, Greg Norman. The golfcourse is home of the Mayakoba Golf Classic – Mexico’s first-ever PGA TOUR event. Six miles of fresh water canals surrounded by exotic mangroves and birds lead to a beautiful white sand beach and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Guests are peacefully transported in boats throughout the resort, contemplating a revolutionary vision ofbeauty and harmony. For more information, please visit: http://www.mayakoba.com.
ABOUT EL CAMALEÓN GOLF CLUB
A masterpiece as unique as its creator, the recognized Australian golfer and designer Greg Norman, El Camaleón Golf Club is a bittersweet challenge you will want to take on. Constantly changing views, cenotes (natural wells), crystal-clear lagoons, mangrove, jungle and the Mexican Caribbean Sea, frame the perfect setting for an experience that can be enjoyed by golfers ofall levels. Whether you are an avid golfer or a beginner, El Camaleón has everything you need. With the only Jim McLean Golf School in Mexico and the finest technology for customized club fitting, you can learn and improve your game as much as you want. Also, its restaurant Koba Casa Club will give you the final touch to an unforgettable day ofgolfwith a delicious concept based on fresh, local and high-quality products.