PGA TOUR to conduct official-money event in Mexico


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The 2007 PGA TOUR schedule announced Friday contains one new event and it is one of historic significance as the TOUR will conduct an official-money event for the first time in Mexico.

The Mayakoba Classic will be held on the Riviera Maya in the State of Quintana Roo in the resort of Playa del Carmen the week of Feb. 19-25, 2007. The tournament will be held opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and will offer a purse of $3.5 million (U.S.). The field will consist of 132 players, and the winner will take home $630,000.

The tournament will be contested on the 7,067-yard El Camaleon course designed by Greg Norman and managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. The par-72 layout is spread across a fascinating mix of scenery that includes jungle, dense mangrove and oceanfront holes bisected by limestone canals.

“This is a thrilling day for the Mayakoba Resort,” said Juan Miguel Villar Mir, president of Grupo OHL. “What a fantastic way to announce the grand opening of the resort and the Greg Norman golf course. We are very excited to play a role in this historic PGA TOUR event coming to Mexico.”

“The PGA TOUR is very excited about making golf history in Mexico,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Timothy W. Finchem. “One of our goals is to expand the reach of golf and Mexico has demonstrated a growing passion for the sport. We are pleased to be able to showcase our players to Mexico, and in turn showcase Mexico to the world.”

Located just 35 miles south of the Cancun Airport, the Mayakoba Resort features five hotels along with luxury villas, all on property offering a very diverse ecosystem. The amenities include pristine beaches, spas, restaurants and the first Norman golf course in Mexico.

“Mayakoba is truly a special place, and I am thrilled that it will be showcased to the world with the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Mexico,” said Norman. “With three distinct landscapes and a commitment to preserving the delicate ecosystem of the Yucatan, there is uniqueness to each hole. I know it will be an enjoyable week for all the fans and a test of golf for the competitors.”

“We are very honored and pleased that the PGA TOUR has chosen Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, to host the first-ever official PGA TOUR tournament in Mexico,” said Lic. Felix Gonzalez Canto, Governor of Quintana Roo, Mexico. “The event will give us a perfect opportunity to highlight not only the beauty of the region, but also our golf courses, since the sport of golf is a growing and important component of our overall tourism product. Also, we have an excellent hotel infrastructure in place to readily accommodate such a large and prestigious event.”

The Golf Channel, the TOUR’s new exclusive cable broadcast partner, will show all four days of action from the Mayakoba Classic.