Playa del Carmen, Mexico (August 31, 2016) – The OHL Classic at Mayakoba will celebrate its 10th Anniversary when the PGA TOUR returns to Mexico November 10-13 for the 2016 edition of the prestigious event. To commemorate a decade of success, the PGA TOUR, OHL and its founder Juan-Miguel Villar Mir have announced an $800,010 USD purse increase from $6.2 million USD to $7,000,010 USD for the 2016 event. The additional $10 US dollars in the purse are designed to recognize the 10 years since the inaugural event in 2007. The $7,000,010 USD represents the largest amount of prize money distributed at any golf tournament in Latin America to date.
“The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made history in 2007 as the first PGA TOUR co-sponsored event to be contested outside the United States and Canada and the tournament has grown to be one of the most important events on the sporting calendar in Mexico. This significant purse increase recognizes that fact,” said PGA TOUR Chief of Operations Andy Pazder. “Many thanks to Juan-Miguel Villar Mir and OHL for their tremendous support of the PGA TOUR over the last 10 years. We look forward to another great event in November.”
Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the 2015 event in heart-stopping fashion as he nearly holed his approach shot on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff before ultimately making birdie for the victory. McDowell, winner of the 2010 US Open, will return to El Camaleón Golf Club to defend his title.
Other early player commitments include Bubba Watson, two-time Masters champion and current No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking. It will be Watson’s first appearance at Mayakoba since 2008. Also confirmed are last year’s runner-up Russell Knox and 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel. Knox, winner of two PGA TOUR events this season, is no. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking, while Horschel’s participation will mark his third appearance in the tournament in the last six years.
“We are truly excited about the celebration that awaits as part of the 10th anniversary festivities, but most especially about the tremendous field that is shaping up,” Tournament Director Joe Mazzeo said. “With the early commitments from Bubba, Billy and Russell, plus a great defending champ in Graeme, it is clear that this year’s OHL Classic will be our best ever.”
In the OHL Classic at Mayakoba’s inaugural year of 2007, the total purse was $3.5 million USD and was won by American Fred Funk in a playoff over Jose Coceres of Argentina. After six successful editions, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba entered a new era in 2013-14 as it moved to an unencumbered November date on the expanded FedEx Cup wraparound schedule and doubled the FedEx Cup points available to its champion.
Past participants of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba include current World No. 1 Jason Day, World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman, current U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, major champions Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Jason Dufner, Olympic bronze medalist Matt Kuchar as well as 20 Mexican players including Olympian Rodolfo Cazaubon.
In addition to the world-class golf the OHL Classic at Mayakoba showcases each year, the tournament launched Golf PARa Todos, or “Golf FORE Everyone,” a series of instructional golf events which strives to create a fun-filled, diverse and educational program for families that teaches about the game of golf, its ideals and the premier professional golf tour in the world. The program is held several times each year and boasts an average attendance of 500 individuals per event. Over the years, more than 18,600 people in total have attended Golf PARa Todos.
2016 will commemorate a decade of PGA TOUR golf in Mexico as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary. Mayakoba made history in 2007 when it was the site of the first official PGA TOUR event to ever be staged outside of the United States or Canada. After its 10th year, the tournament will have distributed more than $46 million USD of prize money and has generated an immeasurable amount of exposure and promotion for the sport of golf in Mexico as well as the Riviera Maya-Cancun tourist destination.
Fans can enjoy the 2016 edition of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba by purchasing tickets and attending the event or by enjoying 12 hours of live HD television coverage on the tournament’s broadcast partners—Golf Channel USA, ESPN2 in Mexico and Latin America and Golf Channel Latin America. Tickets to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba will go on sale September 1.