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Mundo Maya Open, first step towards the PGA TOUR

The Yucatán Country Club and its El Jaguar course, an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, will serve as host of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s inaugural event.

Mundo Maya Open will be the first step of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica

The final countdown to the much anticipated start of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will finally come to an end at the Mundo Maya Open presented by Corona, the opening event of the tour’s inaugural 2012 season in Merida, Mexico. The tournament is all-set to take center stage during the first week of September, with its first round scheduled to be played on Wednesday, September 5th.

As currents host of the PGA TOUR’s Mayakoba Classic and the Tour’s Mexico Open, Mexico has proven to be a terrific site for world class golf events. The locals are honored to be the first to welcome this new PGA TOUR project, which provides the Latin American region with an opportunity to develop its new international stars. 

“We could simply not pass on the opportunity of growing the game of golf in Mexico, with the PGA TOUR as a partner. We believe that the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica represents a clear road to the PGA TOUR for our golfers,” said Alberto Kaneda, PGA of Mexico President and tournament promoter.

The 144 players on the field are set to challenge for this first title over 72 holes of stroke play. Coming from at least twenty countries, the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s competitors will make it to Merida with high hopes of finishing the season among the Order of Merit’s top 5 players that will earn Tour status next year. With the tournament providing US $150,000 in prize money, the top performers here will have an early advantage for the rest of the eleven-tournament season that will reach seven countries in a span of only fifteen weeks.

Enjoying home course advantage, Mexico’s own José de Jesús Rodríguez, Óscar Fraustro and Manuel Inman, the top 3 players from the Mexican Tour during the past two seasons, lead the tournament’s field. Among several other players, the list of contenders chasing the much coveted first title of the season includes Chile’s Benjamín Alvarado, Argentina’s Julián Etulain, Colombia’s Diego Vanegas, Paraguay’s Marco Ruiz, Brazil’s Daniel Stapff and the United State’s Byron Smith.

The Yucatán Country Club and its course named El Jaguar, which opened in 2008, seem to be the perfect site for the start of this new venture that brings the PGA TOUR closer to Latin America. The fact that it is an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course guarantees a top caliber test.

This event will also allow the city of Merida and the Yucatán Peninsula to showcase the wonders that have captivated millions of tourists throughout the years. The stunning Caribbean Sea is only 15 miles away and the world famous ruins of Chichén Itzá, the most important and best-preserved monumental core of the Mayan culture, are only 90 miles away. The locals’ hospitality will also add to the experience.

“We are very excited to welcome a tournament of this magnitude. I’m sure the players will leave highly impressed, not only with the golf course, but with our destination as a whole,” said Juan Carlos Martínez, a member of the Yucatán CC Board of Directors.

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