Past Champions play von Hofen’s Mayakoba course today

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, México — Today the Mayakoba Golf Classic celebrated the fifth year as México’s only PGA TOUR event. The past four tournament’s champions competed in a nine-hole Skins Match at El Camaleón Golf Club. All of the money earned by each Mayakoba Golf Classic champion was donated to tournament charities. PGA TOUR players Fred Funk, Brain Gay, Mark Wilson & Cameron Beckman played the back nine of the Greg Norman designed course with a good crowd of media and locals on site to see the battle unfold.

“It is extremely rare for a tournament to be able to host all of its champions for a special event such as this,” said Larson Segerdahl, Tournament Director. “Winning here had a special meaning for each of our champions and we are not only grateful but excited they all agreed to participate in a special charity event and help us celebrate our fifth year.” Gay had a total of four birdies during the nine-hole match played on the back-nine at El Camaleón Golf Club. Gay won all four of his skins late, with a 25-foot birdie on the par-four 16th and a 20-foot birdie on the par-4 18th. His first two skins were worth $4,500 USD at 16. After a carryover on 17, the two skins on the final hole were worth $7,500 USD. Gay’s 7-iron approach shot hit the flagstick and he made the putt for the victory.

Golf Course Superintendent and member of the GCSAA, Kurt von Hofen, has the course in great shape according to Fred Funk who commented on the course conditions at the opening dinner to the event on Monday night. “We finally have some rough here,” said Funk. “I played a quick practice round and met Kurt on the course and told him the place has never looked better. I’m going to tell the rest of the guys on Tour to get them to come down and play in the event. ”

The PGA TOUR’S Mayakoba Classic will be held on February 23-27, 2011

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