Each year in November, downtown Playa del Carmen hosts a big influx of golf enthusiasts for the annual OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Mexico’s biggest PGA Tour event. The tournament takes place at the Mayakoba resort’s Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club, which is one of the best PGA Tour golf courses and plays to a par 71 for the professional competition. This year, Patton Kizzire achieved his first PGA Tour win at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in a marathon 36-hold trek, holding off Rickie Fowler by one.
“Rickie Fowler trailed Kizzire by one after Fowler shot a 67 and Kizzire a 66 in an early third round on Sunday, which got bumped a day because of weather”, wrote CBS Sports. “Both men came back in the afternoon for another 18 holes with Kizzire at 15 under and Fowler at 14 under. Both shot 4-under 67s, and it came down to the very last hole”.
Situated just north of downtown, the El Camaleón golf course meanders through some of the most beautiful Playa del Carmen real estate in the Mexican Caribbean, including mangrove jungles, limestone canals and some of the best beaches in the world, offering the players stunning views at every turn. Hosted at Mayakoba – a truly unrivaled resort complex – this year’s OHL Classic featured 132 professional golfers who took part in four rounds of stroke play competition between Nov. 6-12. This marks the tournament’s 10th year in Mexico’s Riviera Maya after it made golf history in 2007 when it became the first PGA Tour event to be held outside of the United States and Canada.
This year, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba featured a purse of $7.1 million, making it the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America. It is also the only professional event in the region that offers its champion an invitation to the masters.
As a result of his win at Mayakoba, Kizzire is fully exempt through the 2019-20 PGA Tour season and also earned 500 FedExCup points, a place at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Players Championship, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship and select invitational PGA Tour events, as well as 500 points toward making the 2019 U.S. Presidents Cup team.
Mexico’s entire Riviera Maya region has emerged as a major destination for golf enthusiasts in recent years, with Jack Nicklaus golf courses at Riviera Cancun and the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, a P.B. Dye-designed course at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club and a Thomas Leman-designed course at Puerto Aventuras Golf Club, among others, each offering a unique opportunity to experience the Mexican Caribbean from the links.
As a result, it’s really not surprising that Mexico’s Riviera Maya is also home to some of the world’s best vacation homes and luxury condos situated on a golf course, making it easy to enjoy a few rounds of golf any time while also supporting one of the world’s strongest markets for real estate investing.
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