OHL Classic at Mayakoba, part of the PGA Tour, celebrates its VIII Edition between 10-16 November
October 15, 2014
OHL has launched the VIII Edition of its OHL Classic at Mayakoba golf tournament, the only PGA Tour event with a Spanish title sponsor. It will be held between 10-16 November on El Camaleón golf course, designed by Greg Norman in the Mayakoba tourist complex developed by OHL in Riviera Maya (Mexico).
OHL created and began to sponsor this tournament in 2007, becoming the first in the PGA Tour to be held outside the US and Canada. In 2013, it was able to improve the tournament’s position internationally and launched a new stage to include, amongst other novelties, a change of name; as a result, OHL is now part of the brand along with other companies such as BMW, Accenture, AT&T, Fedex, Coca Cola, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.
The tournament now enjoys 500 Fedex points and its competition prizes have increased to 6.1 million euros. It is one of the highest prizes in the PGA, only surpassed by the Majors. The winner is entitled to 1.1 million USD and direct enrolment on the Augusta Masters.
To date, there are 132 players enrolled on the tournament this season, to include five Major winners: Ángel Cabrera, “El Pato” (US Open and Augusta Masters), Retief Goosen (twice winner of the US Open), Padraig Harrington (twice winner of the British Open and PGA Championship), Justin Leonard (British Open) and Mike Weir (Augusta Masters).
Furthermore, the competition will bring together all the winners of the past seven editions: Fred Funk, Brian Gay, Mark Wilson, Cameron Beckman, Johnson Wagner, John Huh and Harris English. The Spanish player Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño will be joining them, for the third time in his career.
One of the keys to the tournament’s success has been the cooperation of Consejo de Promoción Turística de México (CPTM) [Mexican Board for Tourist Development], dependent on the Secretary of Tourism of the Federal Government of Mexico, Government of the State of Quintana Roo and Tourist Development Trust in Riviera Maya and Cancún.
Mayakoba and El Camaleón
The Mayakoba luxury tourist complex was developed by OHL Desarrollos on land owned by the company in the Mexican Riviera Maya, State of Quintana Roo, and has achieved the participation of the world’s most prestigious hotel chains, such as Fairmont, Rosewood, Banyan Tree and Hyatt.
Due to its protection of the ecosystem, the complex has become an international reference in sustainable development for tourist projects. As a result, it has been recognized by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and Rainforest Alliance, respectively, with their top prizes awarded in 2011: Ulysses and Sustainable Standard-Setter.
El Camaleón golf course is one of Mayakoba’s key facilities. It was designed by Greg Norman, conceived from the very start along the lines of major US leagues. It has a 72 par and along its 7,067 yards it covers three different scenarios: mangrove swamps, rainforest and coastline, making the golf course one of a kind in the world.
El Camaleón golf course. OHL Classic at Mayakoba