Funk Norman Headline in Mexico


2007 Mayakoba Golf ClassicPLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mxico -- In just its second year, the PGA TOUR's first-ever Mexico event will get a Hall of Fame boost this weekend.
Greg Norman announced last month his intention to play in the second annual Mayakoba Golf Classic, where he will make his second PGA TOUR start of the year.
A 20-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Norman designed the tournament's host course, El Camaleon, for his successful Greg Norman Golf Course Design company.
Prior to playing at Pebble Beach two weeks ago, his last official PGA TOUR start came at the 2006 International, where he missed the cut. The 53-year-old Norman, a 2001 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, has made just 10 starts in the last three seasons.
'During the past few years, [Norman] 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,' tournament director Larson Segerdahl said when the announcement was made.
Fred Funk was 50 when he won the first Mayakoba Golf Classic in a playoff last year. Already a winner on the Champions Tour this season -- as he was last year when he won this event -- Funk will be back to defend his title.
The event plays opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where the top 64 players in last week's world ranking will be competing.
Next week on the PGA TOUR is The Honda Classic, which was won by Mark Wilson last year in a four-man playoff that ended Monday.
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