Mayakoba rolls out red carpet for PGA Tour

By Mike BaileyFebruary 23, 2011, 7:33 pm

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                 The par-3 7th at El Camaleon Golf Club (Fairmont Resorts)

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – While much of the golf world this week is focused on the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship near Tucson, Ariz., the rest of the PGA Tour isn't taking the week off. But they're not exactly toiling either at the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

The ordinary guys – like rookie sensation Jhonattan Vegas and last week's Northern Trust winner, Aaron Baddeley – get a pretty good deal this week, spending it basking in the Caribbean sun on the Riviera Maya about 40 minutes south of Cancun. They're playing a pretty fair golf course, the five-year-old paspalum-grassed El Camaleon Golf Club, a Greg Norman design that winds its way through natural mangroves with a couple of stops along the ocean.

But more importantly, perhaps, the tournament affords the field an opportunity to bring their families or girlfriends down for a super relaxing vacation.

This 240-acre nature preserve, set among the territory of the ancient Mayan people, is one of a kind. Throughout the Mayakoba Resort (pronounced Myah'kobah locally) are miles of man-made canals, which were dug through the limestone to reveal crystal clear water that harbors a unique ecosystem.

Guests of the Fairmont Mayakoba can take a guided cruise around the resort on beautiful mahogany boats, getting a close-up view of the hundreds of species of birds, fish and iguanas that make their home here. They can also get around the resort riding $1,800 BMW bicycles, which are parked throughout the property for everybody's use, or simply walk along the miles of white sandy beaches.

The Fairmont Mayakoba, where 80 percent of the tour players are staying this week, pampers as well as any stop on the PGA Tour. The staff members, not surprisingly, are eager to please. Accommodations range from luxurious to super luxurious, offering rooms and suites along the lagoons as well as the golf course, with some overlooking the beach, complete with rooftop dip pools. There's a wonderful full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, countless swimming pools, and four exceptional restaurants.

And speaking of dining, tour players and their guests will have to look far and wide to find another resort that matches the AAA five-star Fairmont Mayakoba's culinary delights. With the ocean at its back door, guests can enjoy a variety of fresh ceviches, game fish and tuna, but it doesn't end there. There's New Latin cuisine, outstanding steaks and short ribs, an awesome breakfast buffet featuring fresh tropical fruits and juices, and one of the best clubhouse menus you'll find anywhere at the El Camaleon Golf Club.

In short, missing out on the WGC-Accenture Match Play isn't such a bad deal if you're settling for the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Fairmont Mayakoba Resort. After all, it’s the only PGA Tour event in Mexico, so it’s no surprise they did it up right.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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