OHL, the only spanish company to be a Title sponsor of a PGA Tour tournament
November 8, 2013
The PGA Tour golf tournament sponsored by OHL at the El Camaleón golf course in Mayakoba, Mexico will be held next week, from November 11-17, welcoming a new era in the trajectory of this tournament, which celebrates its seventh edition this year.
OHL created and began to sponsor this tournament in 2007, the year that the PGA Tour became international. Then, from among several competitors, OHL succeeded in having El Camaleón, designed by Greg Norman, be selected as the first course to host a PGA Tour tournament outside the United States and Canada.
This year, the tournament is beginning a new era with significant changes and achievements with respect to the previous six editions. This is how OHL, in its efforts to improve its position on the international circuit, succeeded in getting this tournament an exclusive week on the PGA Tour calendar.
The tournament has also changed names: it is now called the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which makes OHL the only Spanish company to be a title sponsor of a PGA Tour tournament. Other brands on this circuit include companies such as BMW, Accentur, AT&T, FedEx, Coca Cola, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.
Also, the FedEx points of this tournament have doubled, going from 250 to 500, and its purse has increased to six million dollars, which puts it among the top-paying PGA Tours and just behind the Majors. The winner will receive over one million dollars and will earn direct participation in the Masters at Augusta.
One of the essential components for the revitalization of this tournament is the collaboration of the Mexico Tourism Board (which depends on the Secretariat of Tourism of the Federal Government of Mexico), the Government of the State of Quintana Roo, and the Tourism Trust of the Riviera Maya and Cancun.
All of these achievements have caused the appeal of the tournament to multiply, which will have nine Major winners this year: Darren Clarke (British Open), Mark Calcavecchia (British Open), Lucas Glover (US Open), Trevor Immelman (Masters), Justin Leonard (British Open), Davis Love III (PGA Championship), David Toms (PGA Championship), Mike Weir (Masters) and Ángel Cabrera, “El Pato” (US Open and Masters).
All of the winners of the previous six editions of this tournament will also be competing: Fred Funk, Brian Gay, Mark Wilson, Cameron Beckman, Johnson Wagner and John Huh, in addition to other major figures in golf such as Ricky Barnes, Justin Leonard, Spencer Levin, David Toms, Jhonattan Vegas, Ryan Moore, Mike Weir, Rory Sabbatini, Kevin Stadler, Tommy Two Gloves Gainey and Camilo Villegas. Álvaro Quirós and Jordi García Pinto will represent Spain at the tournament.
Mayakoba and El Camaleón
The Mayakoba luxury tourist complex has been promoted by OHL Development on properties it owns in the Mexican Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo. OHL has gained participation in this complex from hotel groups of the highest global prestige, such as Fairmont, Rosewood and Banyan Tree, whose hotels in Mayakoba have a Five Diamond rating from the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Due to its protection of the ecosystem, it has become a project of international reference as a model of sustainable development for tourism initiatives. It has been recognized for these achievements by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Rainforest Alliance, which granted their highest awards to this development in 2011: the Ulysses and Sustainable Standard-Setter awards, respectively.
The El Camaleón golf course is one of the most important facilities of Mayakoba. It was designed by Greg Norman, who conceived it by thinking from his first moments in the American major leagues. It has a par of 72 and its 7067 yards cover three different settings: mangrove forest, tropical jungle and coast, which makes it a unique golf course the world over.