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Mayakoba Golf Classic agrees 6 year extension
November 8, 2011

The PGA Tour, along with officials of the Mayakoba Golf Classic and its sponsor OHL, announced today a six-year contract extension through the 2018 season.  With the initial six-year agreement running through the 2012 tournament (February 22-26), the new contract represents a total commitment of 12 years by the PGA Tour to Mexico and Playa del Carmen.

"The Mayakoba Golf Classic has been a terrific addition to the PGA Tour schedule and its success since 2007 has helped to pave the way for our increased presence throughout the region with the Nationwide Tour and the newly announced PGA Tour Latinoamérica," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. "We are delighted that OHL remains committed to the success of the Mayakoba Golf Classic and we look forward to working together to help grow the tournament and its charitable impact throughout Riviera Maya and Cancún." 

OHL, a multi-billion dollar construction and development company based in Madrid, Spain, developed 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 feature a second championship-caliber golf course and additional hotels and real estate properties.

"We were very excited six years ago to bring the PGA Tour to this special part of Mexico," said Juan Miguel Villar-Mir, chairman of Grupo OHL.  "Each year we have seen the tournament enjoy more success. Now, as we look to the future, our excitement is even more so than in the beginning. This event has brought many special memories for us, our clients, the PGA Tour professionals who have competed here and the people of this area. With this new agreement, we look forward to many, many more."

With steady growth in recent years, the sport of golf in Latin America is poised to continue that trajectory as professional events and additional golf courses continue to be developed.  Having set the standard for excellence, Mayakoba, the PGA Tour and the Mayakoba Golf Classic will continue that effort throughout the term of the newly signed contract. 

In addition to the commitment of the PGA Tour to Mexico for the next six years, the contract extension also assures the continued worldwide television presence of the Mayakoba Golf Classic for the term of the agreement.  The event boasts more than eight hours of television coverage and is broadcast on Golf Channel to more than 200 countries, providing Mexico and its Riviera Maya and Cancún regions with unprecedented exposure to an affluent global audience.

Through its first five years, the Mayakoba Golf Classic has donated more than $1 million USD to local, national and international charities.  In an effort to grow the game of golf in the Riviera Maya and Cancún regions, the tournament created Golf PARa Todos, or Golf FORE Everyone.  The initiative features one-day golf clinics that are held throughout the year and lead into tournament week. The clinics are designed to be fun-filled, diverse and educational, teaching participants about golf and its ideals.

"We are grateful to OHL, our tourism partners, the PGA Tour and all of our Corporate Allies for their support through the years," said Tournament Director Larson Segerdahl.  "Thanks to them, we can continue the good work that was started through this event and build upon its strong foundation with an eye toward the future.  This event has become an important part of the community and means a great deal to our volunteer Ambassadors, charity groups and sports fans throughout the area. We also appreciate all of the Tour players who have competed, many of whom return to vacation here with their families."

In 2007, PGA Tour veteran and fan favorite Fred Funk won the inaugural Mayakoba Golf Classic when he outlasted Argentina's Jose Coceres in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff.  The next year saw the Mayakoba Golf Classic begin a trend of launching its champions to greater success following their wins in Mexico.  Brian Gay claimed the title in 2008 to mark his first career victory on the PGA Tour after participating in 293 official events.  The next year he cruised to two additional PGA Tour victories and set a career-best mark in yearly earnings.  Mark Wilson won Mexico's only PGA Tour event in 2009 for his second career victory and added two more PGA Tour titles in 2011, finishing 22 nd in the final FedExCup season-long standings.  Cameron Beckman captured the title in 2010 and Johnson Wagner earned his second PGA Tour victory this past February at Mayakoba in a sudden-death playoff over Spencer Levin.

For further information about the Mayakoba Golf Classic, please visit www.MayakobaGolfClassic.com .








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