Norman, winner of 20 PGA TOUR events and designer of the host course El Camalen, will be competing for the first time in this historic event. Last years Mayakoba Golf Classic marked the first time the PGA TOUR conducted one of its official events in Mexico.
We are extremely excited to have Greg Norman make a commitment to compete in this years tournament, said Mayakoba Golf Classic Tournament Director Larson Segerdahl. During the past few years, he has had a limited playing schedule and for him to add our tournament week to his plans is a bonus for all of us involved not only in the Mayakoba Golf Classic but for the game of golf in general.
While Norman is not completely retired from competitive golf, he has limited his playing schedule in order to focus more on his business, including golf course design. Greg Norman Golf Course Design is recognized as one of the foremost leaders in the industry today. Normans last appearance at an official regular season TOUR event was the 2006 International.
In December, Fred Funk, John Daly, Nick Price and Bubba Watson committed to compete in the 132-player field.
It is important to note that players (top 64 in the World Golf Rankings) may still qualify for the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, AZ scheduled the same week as the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Also, players have until Friday before the Mayakoba Golf Classic to express their intentions to compete in the 132-player field coming to Mexico for the four-round $3.5 million USD stroke-play competition.
Also included in the field will be four players who qualify through an Open Qualifying Tournament to be held at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Playa del Carmen on Monday, February 18, 2008.