Two new events held in Mexico marked the debut of the 2012 season of the PGA Tour Latino America. The Mundo Maya Open kicked off September 3 in Merida on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,and the Monterrey Open followed one week later in the stunning town of Monterrey.
The Mundo Maya Open was held on a state-of-the-art 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature designed course at the Yucatan Country Club in the heart of Merida. This master plan residential community is nestled amid the region’s rolling hills and boasts a distinctive resort feel. This slice of Mexico real estate provided a stunning backdrop for the first week of the PGA Tournament,which is a newly developed series.
“We are excited to extend the reach and depth of our tour to include the raising talents of golfers from the Americas,” shared PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem at a press conference.
The tour includes 11 golf tournament events and plays an important role leading up to the planned inclusion of golf in the 2016 Olympics. More than 100 players participated in the Mundo Maya Open,which was broadcast on the Golf Channel for millions of viewers,who enjoyed the panoramic views of Merida’s colonial charm.
The city is characterized by winding cobblestone streets and is home to a growing community of expats who have helped to revitalize the town,which is known for its safety and tranquility. In fact,the entire Yucatan Peninsula boasts a rich cultural heritage and Merida is also home to the first Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy teaching center in Latin America.
The scene in Monterrey one week later continued the excitement of the tour’s opening event in Merida,as players competed in the TransAmerica Open,which was presented by Corona. Hosted by the Club de Golf La Herradura in Monterrey,which is a major industrial and business center in northern Mexico,the event was framed by the stunning mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental.
Both events serve to add to Mexico’s growing list of credentials as a leading PGA Tour partner. In fact,Mexico is home to more than 200 golf courses and is currently the only country in the region to host PGA Tour events.