MAJOR CHAMPION AND FORMER WORLD NO. 1 RETURNS TO COMPETE IN MEXICO FOR FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO (October 10, 2019) — Jason Day, a 12-time PGA TOUR winner and former World No. 1, has officially committed to participate in the Mayakoba Golf Classic, scheduled for November 11-17 at El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort. This will mark the first time that Day will compete in Mexico since the 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic, where he tied for 28th place.
“I am really excited to add Mayakoba to my schedule,” Day said in making the announcement. “I recall my visit from 10 years ago and how incredible the venue is. I look forward to seeing how Mayakoba has grown and evolved. You hear such amazing things about the property and the tournament’s warm hospitality from other players out on TOUR so I’m sure my family and I will have a wonderful week.”
Day occupied the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for a combined total of 51 weeks over a period from September 2015 to February 2017. His 51 weeks atop the ranking is the eighth most in the history of the world ranking. He is currently ranked No. 25. Since 2010, the 31-year-old Day has finished among the top-10 on 15 different occasions in golf’s four Major Championships, highlighted by a dominant victory in the 2015 PGA Championship played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
The 2016 PLAYERS Championship also stands out among Day’s 12 career PGA TOUR victories. Additionally, he has claimed the title twice at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play as well as multiple other victories including the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Farmers Insurance Open, Wells Fargo Championship, The Barclays, the BMW Championship and several others.
“It is always special when we welcome players of a caliber and profile like Jason,” Tournament Director Joe Mazzeo said. “There are few in the game of golf who have risen to the level that Jason has. For the last decade, he has been one of the elite players in the world and it will be a real treat for all our fans to watch him compete here in Mexico at Mayakoba.”
With the addition of Day, there are currently three players among the top 25 in the world scheduled to compete at Mayakoba—defending champion Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler are the other two. Day is the fourth Major Champion to commit, joining Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open), Zach Johnson (2007 Masters, 2015 Open Championship) and Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship).
Past Mayakoba champions in the field are Brian Gay (2008), John Huh (2012), Harris English (2013), Charley Hoffman (2014), McDowell (2015), Pat Perez (2016), Patton Kizzire (2017) and Kuchar (2018).
In addition, 12 players from Latin America are currently slated to participate in the 13th edition of Mexico’s pioneering PGA TOUR event. Three of those are Mexican players who are members of the PGA TOUR (Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz and Kristoffer Ventura), while two others have already claimed titles on the PGA TOUR in the 2019-2020 season (Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and Colombia’s Sebastian Muñoz). Three more Mexican professionals will receive sponsor’s invitations including one to the winner of the “Clasificatorio Mexicano presented by Mobil” which is scheduled for October 22 at Mayakoba.
Tickets are on sale now at www.MayakobaGolfClassic.com where golf fans can take advantage of a variety of ticket options starting from just US$10 and ranging upward for premium VIP hospitality venues.
Spectators will enjoy three key pillars within the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic: #GOLFisGiving #GOLFisFamily and #GOLFisGourmet. This year, the culinary activities will be presented by Tequila Patrón. Participants will enjoy of a great variety of culinary experiences highlighting Mexican culture, food and tequila.
Since its inception in 2007, the tournament has contributed more than US$2.7 million to a variety of charities and philanthropic causes, positively impacting the communities of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The Mayakoba Golf Classic is committed to growing the game of golf and continuing the development of the sport. During tournament week, there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and learn about golf— including special activities as part of Golf PARa Todos, the event’s grow-the-game initiative for young people from the region.
For more information on Mayakoba Golf Classic, Mexico’s pioneering PGA TOUR event, please visit: www.MayakobaGolfClassic.com or through social media. Facebook: Mayakoba Golf Classic Instagram: @MayakobaGolfClassic. Twitter: @MayakobaGolf. #ONLYatMayakoba #MGC #MayakobaGolfClassic
About RLH Properties
RLH Properties is a holding company dedicated to the acquisition, development and management of luxury and ultra-luxury hotel assets and associated residential assets. RLH Properties was established in Mexico City on February 28, 2013 with a focus on activities exclusively related to the high-end segment of the hotel business. Thus, it focuses on the acquisition and development of high-end segment hotel assets located in cities and on beaches that are situated in the main urban centers and tourist destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. RLH has strategic locations that are difficult to replicate, with various barriers to entry and that are in low supply relative to current and potential demand. RLH has a flexible business model that seeks investment in AAA hotel assets operated by various internationally prestigious hotel brands. Currently in its portfolio, RLH owns Mayakoba, Mandarina, Four Seasons Mexico City, and Villa Magna in Madrid.
Nestled in the Mexican Riviera Maya, Mayakoba is a 620-acre destination surrounded by the natural beauty of lagoons, jungle, tranquil waters and a sugar sand beach. Four meaningfully placed luxury hotels can be found within Mayakoba — Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba — each with distinct personalities and amenities, perfectly complementing one another. Within the coveted destination are a wealth of lifestyle experiences including four acclaimed spas, more than 23 restaurants with eclectic cuisines and a village square that serves as an event space modeled after the historic Colonial plazas in Mexico. In addition, guests have access to a three-mile-long nature trail and spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect and PGA TOUR legend Greg Norman, which is home to the Mayakoba Golf Classic, first PGA TOUR tournament in Mexico.