Mayakoba PGA Press ConferencePLAYA DEL CARMEN, México - 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.”

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The Mayakoba Golf Classic made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007. Today, the Mayakoba Golf Classic remains “Mexico’s Only PGA TOUR Event” as it prepares to enter its sixth year. The event is regarded as one of the finest on the PGA TOUR by players, their families, sponsors and the TOUR itself. With a purse of $3.7 million USD, the Mayakoba Golf Classic boasts the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America. Held annually in February, 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 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, in the Riviera Maya-Cancún regions of Mexico. Johnson Wagner, a five-year veteran of the PGA TOUR, claimed the title in 2011, winning $666,000 USD. Other past champions include: Fred Funk (2007), Brian Gay (2008), Mark Wilson (2009) and Cameron Beckman (2010).

El Cameleon MayakobaMayakoba is situated just south of Cancun on Mexico’s prized Caribbean coast – the Riviera Maya.  A mere 40-minute drive from the towering hotels of Cancun, visitors will discover a completely different experience.  Here, nestled in a lush natural paradise, lies Mayakoba—a truly unique resort destination.  Mayakoba is comprised of three luxury hotels, each featuring a range of culinary and spa experiences.  An 18-hole Greg Norman championship golf course, El Camaleón, managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, offers players an ever-changing terrain that moves gracefully from mangroves to the sea. Created to harmonize with the unspoiled tropical forest, Mayakoba is connected with a series of lagoons enabling guests to wander effortlessly from place to place through the resort using the “lanchas” (covered boats) as well as a network of trails. Mayakoba, a luxury destination like no other where you are immersed in unspoiled natural beauty and the mysteries of an ancient civilization.