Riviera Maya to host PGA event

The Riviera Maya has been selected to host the first ever official PGA TOUR event to be held in Mexico, the Mayakoba Classic, from February 19-25, 2007.
The
tournament will be contested on the 7067-yard El Camaleon course at
the Mayakoba Resort, the first Greg Norman designed golf course in
Mexico.
Managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, the
course is a par-72 layout spread across a fascinating mix of scenery that
includes jungle, dense mangrove and oceanfront holes bisected by limestone
canals. The tournament will offer a purse of US $3.5 million.

The field will
consist of 132 players and the
winner will take home $630,000.  All four
days of action will be broadcast on The Golf Channel.

“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
PGA TOUR is very excited about making golf history in Mexico,”
added PGA TOUR Commissioner Timothy W. Finchem.

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“One of our goals is to expand the reach of golf and the Riviera Maya
region of Mexico
has demonstrated a growing passion for the sport.
We are pleased to be able to showcase our
players to the destination, and in turn showcase the destination to the
world.”
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