Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mayakoba Classic Preview

Steady Winds and Beautiful Vistas Characterize the Mayakoba Classic
by Roz Roberts III

 This week's stop on the PGA Tour for Michael Thompson is the Mayakoba Classic in Cancun Mexico.  While the top 64 players in the world are in Tucson this week at the Accenture Match Play event,  the Mayakoba Classic offers 132 PGA Tour players a trip to the Mayan jungle.

The Maykoba Classic is a relatively new event, this being only its fifth year in existence, but it's getting a reputation as one of the most scenic Tour events.  The "visually stunning" course at El Camaleon Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman and features vistas of jungle, mangroves, sweeping beaches and even a cenote in the middle of the first fairway.  The course favors accuracy over length and scoring well will depend on hitting greens in regulation and putting well.  Last year the course was converted to a par 71 and the average score was 70.765.

The weather is expected to be seasonal with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the lower 80s.  There's a chance of rain on Sunday but the main weather challenge will be the steady 10-15 mph winds.

Thompson is paired with fellow Q-School graduate Jim Renner and Mike Small from the tenth hole at 7:40am CT.

Live Scoring Links
Michael Thompson Scorecard

Television Coverage
All television coverage will be on the Golf Channel.

Thu, 2/24:
6:30p - 8:30p ET

Fri, 2/25:
6:30p - 8:30p ET

Sat, 2/26:
6:30p - 8:30p ET

Sun, 2/27:
7p - 9:30p ET

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