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Fifth Annual Operation Turbo Golf Tournament

Description

Golf tournament to support Operation Turbo which sends “Boxes of Home” to our deployed service members to help make deployment just a little bit easier.

SHOTGUN STYLE START: 1 pm

FORMAT: Captains Choice Scramble

ENTRY FEE: includes greens fees, cart fees, range balls, and dinner

OTHER CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES:
(1) Hole Sponsorship: $30
(2) Mulligans: $5/mulligan (up to 3 per person)

If you would like to sponsor a hole, please contact us.

If you can’t make it to the event, please consider making a donation to help support Operation Turbo.

Date And Time

Wed, September 18, 2019

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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Location

Sewells Point Golf Course

660 Ruthven Road

Norfolk, VA 23505

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

The First Look: Sanderson Farms Championship

It was just Cameron Champ’s second event as a full-fledged PGA TOUR member, but it was a memorable one. After birding five of his final six holes, Champ, then 23, won last year’s Sanderson Farms Championship by four shots over Corey Conners.

This year the Sanderson Farms Championship – held at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi — offers full FedExCup points (500 to the winner) for the first time.

FIELD NOTESPast champions other than Champ playing this week include Ryan Armour, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, Scott Stallings, D.J. Trahan, and Chad Campbell. … Recently named Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im will be in the field. Im also is the highest-ranked golfer from last year’s FedExCup standings playing in Jackson. … A plethora of rookies will be making their second starts as PGA TOUR members, led by Scottie Scheffler who topped both the Korn Ferry Tour season-long points list and the Korn Ferry Tour Finals points List. … Four major champions in the field — Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner, Stewart Cink, and U.S. Team Presidents Cup assistant Zach Johnson. … Three Canadians – the most of any nationality other than American – have won the Sanderson Farms Championship (and nearly a fourth, Corey Conners, did it a year ago), and there will be five in the field this week including Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, David Hearn, Michael Gligic, and 2014 winner Nick Taylor.

FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 points

COURSE: Country Club of Jackson; 7,421 yards; par 72. The Country Club of Jackson will be hosting the Sanderson Farms Championship for the sixth time.

STORYLINES: The Sanderson Farms Championship has long been played opposite of an event on the PGA TOUR, but this year it got its own week on the schedule and will offer full FedExCup points … Six of the past seven Sanderson Farms Championship victors have been first-time winners on the PGA TOUR. … Chez Reavie, who was 14th on U.S. Presidents Cup points prior to the cut-off time, will be among those in the field as he looks for a captain’s pick. … Champ had three top-10 finishes a year ago, and all three came in the fall – including his win in Mississippi. He earned 81.5% of his FedExCup points in the five events he played last fall, proving the importance of a fast start.

72-HOLE RECORD: 263, Dan Halldorson (1986 at Hattiesburg GC). CC of Jackson record: 267, Cameron Champ (2018)

18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Keith Clearwater (2nd round, 1996 at Annandale GC). CC of Jackson record: 62, Roberto Castro (1st round, 2015).

LAST TIME: Talk about getting off to a quick start. In just his second start as a member of the PGA TOUR – after earning a spot via The 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour – Champ shot a 21-under 267 a year ago, setting the scoring record at the Sanderson Farms Championship en route to winning for the first time on the TOUR. Champ, who nearly returned to college (if he didn’t get through second stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School he would have gone back to Texas A&M for his senior season), instead of turning professional, got off to a heck of a start last fall. Champ took apart the Country Club of Jackson with his impressive length (he led the tournament in distance, with more than 308 yards per pop). Corey Conners remained tied with Champ until the 13th hole on Sunday before Champ reeled off five birdies in his final six holes, eventually winning by four shots. Carlos Ortiz and fellow 2018-19 rookie Sam Burns finished tied for third.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).

PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. ET (featured groups)

Radio: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio)

PGA REACH partners with Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and Workday to positively impact lives in the Bay Area and beyond

SAN FRANCISCO – The PGA of America’s 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation d/b/a PGA REACH, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, and Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, are partnering to help children in the Bay Area and beyond with the support and opportunities needed to play the game of golf and lead healthy, active lives. The organizations will be hosting the inaugural Stephen Curry Charity Classic presented by Workday on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, collectively aiming to raise $1 million to further their charitable missions.
Curry will be joined by 50 two-person teams comprised of partners, donors and supporters for a fun day of team-based golf competition at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco – home of the 2020 PGA Championship – benefitting both Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH. Those interested in learning more about the event and contributing in support of Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH can visit the CrowdRise campaign page hereThis is a private event that is closed to the general public.
The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections, and the game of golf. In alignment with the Play focus of Eat. Learn. Play., both organizations are committed to providing safe places for kids to learn and play golf – and the character building and life skills associated with the game. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to increase and sustain accessibility to golf in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout the Bay Area.
Eat. Learn. Play. is the charitable foundation of two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry and renowned restauranteur, chef, The New York Times best-selling author and TV host, Ayesha Curry.
“We launched Eat. Learn. Play. earlier this year with an aim to become one of the country’s most innovative and impactful charities through our commitment to create equal opportunities and bright futures for every child,” the Currys said together. “We believe talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Eat. Learn. Play. is committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring universal access to quality education, and enabling healthy, active lifestyles.”
Thanks to the generous support of Bay Area-based Workday, all proceeds from the event will be evenly divided between Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH.
“PGA REACH is incredibly proud to work together with Eat. Learn. Play. to make a difference in the lives of youth in the Bay Area and across the country,” said Ryan Cannon, PGA REACH Senior Director. “Sports – and golf in particular – provide kids with opportunities and experiences that help them learn, grow and succeed, which every child deserves. With support from Workday, we will be able to create even more access to the game.”
“A key focus for Workday is delivering products and programs that create opportunities for all,” said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. “We’re proud to team up with Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH to amplify these efforts and create a brighter future for the children and families of the great Bay Area where so many of our employees live and work.”
Billed as a multi-faceted golf experience, the Stephen Curry Charity Classic presented by Workday begins with a skills challenge, followed by an 18-hole scramble. In the spirit of PGA Jr. League – the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH – the tournament will follow the program’s two-person scramble format with all players wearing blue or orange numbered jerseys based on the division in which they are drafted. Teams with the highest point totals in each division will play with Curry and other special guests in a one-hole shootout to determine the overall winner.
PGA Jr. League brings boys and girls together to learn and play golf on co-ed teams with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Last year, Curry and U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan became the first non-golf Ambassadors for PGA Jr. League, joining professional golfers Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson in supporting the highly successful junior golf initiative.
With the goal of making PGA Jr. League accessible to children everywhere, PGA REACH provides scholarships for boys and girls with financial needs or are from military families who apply for assistance. More than 2,200 scholarships were awarded to players during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

MCDONALD TO REPLACE LEWIS ON 2019 U.S. SOLHEIM CUP TEAM

GLENEAGLES, Perthshire, Scotland (Sept. 10, 2019) – U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Juli Inkster announced Tuesday that Stacy Lewis has withdrawn from the 2019 USA Team due to a back injury. Ally McDonald, who was named as the first alternate when the team was finalized on Aug. 25, will replace her on Team USA and is already on site at Gleneagles.

“Stacy is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever met. I know this was an incredibly tough decision for her, but she also has the team’s best interests at heart,” said Inkster. “Stacy will stay with Team USA over the next week and will still be an incredible asset to our crew. But when I had to choose an alternate, I knew Ally would be able to step up for the challenge. She’s got a cool head but a fiery spirit. I know she’ll bring her best to Team USA.”

Lewis was named to Team USA as one of Inkster’s two captain’s picks. The four-time Solheim Cup veteran has been struggling with a back injury for the last week.

“I’m extremely disappointed not to be able to play. I’m a competitor and I want to play, but I had a back injury flare up last week,” said Lewis. “I’ve done everything I could possibly do over the last week to be ready to play. For my health and what I feel is in the best interest of the team, I decided to take myself out. I will take a different role with the team and will do whatever I can to help Team USA bring the Cup home.”

McDonald, in her fourth year on the LPGA Tour, will make her Solheim Cup debut in Scotland. Over the two-year qualifying period (the 2017 CP Women’s Open to the 2019 CP Women’s Open), McDonald has 15 top-20 finishes, including at three majors in 2019. She has previous team experience at the 2014 Curtis Cup, where she partnered with Team USA’s Annie Park for a 4-and-3 fourball victory over Bronte Law, who is representing Europe at the Solheim Cup, and Charlotte Thomas.

“I didn’t want to make the team this way, but when Juli told me what was going on with Stacy, I was ready to step into either role, if that was being here and being part of the experience or being ready to tee it up,” said McDonald. “It was just mentally preparing for either scenario. I’m obviously very excited to play. This was a goal of mine to play on this team.”

Inkster and Lewis will be available in the media center’s interview room at 3 p.m., with McDonald available at 3:30 p.m. alongside teammates Morgan Pressel, Angel Yin and Marina Alex.

TICKETS FORE CHARITY™ RETURNS TO 2019 CHARLES SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

PHOENIX – The TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ (TFC) program returns to the 2019 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which continues to have a central focus in generating revenue for local charities in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area. TFC provides non-profit organizations with the ability to raise funds through the sale of tournament tickets, with 100 percent of proceeds going to charity. The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the third and final event in the annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, will return to Phoenix Country Club the week of November 6-10, 2019.

“The impact this program has made for organizations in this community speaks for itself,” said Executive Director Tiffany Nelson. “At the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, we pride ourselves on the ability to use the game of golf as a conduit to give back locally and we continue to encourage non-profits to sign up so that we can continue building on the already proven success this program has demonstrated.”

Since its 2010 debut, the TFC program has raised over $1.2 million and most recently, the 2018 program raised $401,270.  There is no sign-up fee or cost to the organization to be involved in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program and allows 100 percent of the net proceeds for each ticket sold through manual orders or online purchases to benefit the Scottsdale-Phoenix area non-profits that participate. Once registered, each organization will receive a complimentary flyer, poster, and postcard to use for ticket sale promotion.

Following the completion of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Charles Schwab Co., will donate an additional $20,000 among the three highest selling non-profit organizations as follows: (1st) $12,000, (2nd) $6,000, (3rd) $2,000.

While on-site, families are encouraged to venture out to the Fan Zone to witness great views of this prestigious venue. Visit the Sterling Winery where they will feature their signature Frosé (frozen rosé). Fans in the mood for craft beer should visit the tournaments beer garden, offering local beer originating in Phoenix. Also returning to the Fan Zone, giving fans a place to cool down is the Dutch Bros Coffee truck, serving their signature coffees and famous cold brew.

In addition to youth 18 years of age and younger receiving free admission to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a ticketed adult, all active duty, Reserve and National Guard military members, military retirees and their dependents receive free admission.

For more information on the program, visit www.schwabcuptfc.com or call Kristi Lee Fowlks at (480) 278-2100 x 14 or kristileefowlks@pgatourhq.com

For more tournament information, please visit the official website, www.schwabcup.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

KORDAS LOOK TO MAKE SISTERLY HISTORY TOGETHER AT THE SOLHEIM CUP

In the 29-year history of the Solheim Cup, 114 players will have held the honor of competing  for Team Europe and Team USA after next week’s event in Scotland. Only four have been siblings.

And, to date, no sisters have ever been paired together in the fourball or foursomes portion of the matches.

“No one has ever done that before? Not even Charlotta and Annika? They didn’t want to play together?” Jessica Korda asked LPGA.com when brought up that, should U.S. Captain Juli Inkster follow through with her promise, the Korda sisters will be the first siblings to ever play together in a Solheim Cup.

The answer is: no, they didn’t. In 1998, Charlotta Sorenstam was a captain’s pick of Pia Nilsson, joined by Annika who made the team on points. Both Sorenstams were in the primes of their careers, with Charlotta rattling off her 10th top-15 finish of the ’98 season at the SAFECO Classic, the tournament held right before the Solheim Cup. Annika won the tournament, her fourth win in eight starts.

“I was very excited of course. Not just to be part of the team, but to have a family member as well. It was like a bonus bonus,” Charlotta explained when she realized she’d play alongside Annika in Ohio.

It was a goal of the sisters to play on the team together, which they discussed over the course of that year.

It wasn’t for lack of opportunities that they didn’t play together. The Sorenstams competed in  seven matches over the opening two days. Annika played with Catriona Matthew twice and Catrin Nilsmark once. Charlotta played with Laura Davies twice and Liselotte Neumann once.

Like two sides of the same coin, the sisters were happy to be together but had differing views of the notion of playing together. Charlotta was hopeful to compete alongside her sister, while Annika wasn’t enamored with the idea.

“She hits it low, in the middle of the fairway, and the green. All you have to do is putt,” Charlotta explained.

Based on how well the pair were playing coming into the event, Nilsson kept the pair separated. Selfishly, Charlotta would’ve loved the opportunity.

“I think I would’ve won more matches,” Charlotta said. “I wouldn’t have to worry about anything.”

Annika appreciated the space from her younger sister, laughing when explaining why.

“Well you’re still siblings, you respect each other, you love each other, but then I think it would be tough under such a precious moment to play with each other,” she said. “Sometimes you’re too close.”

The Sorenstams recognize the history they made together. It’s a high point in Annika’s career. Annika reflected on what it would’ve meant for the siblings to tee it up together.

“You think about the kids, and being a role model in the positions we’re in, for other siblings to see that, I think that would’ve been inspiring for others,” Annika opined.

It’s a torch that Jessica and Nelly Korda can’t wait to take up.

“Whenever you make history it’s a special feeling,” Nelly said. “It was kind of our goal after 2017 that we were both going to make it. We were just really excited.”

“I don’t know what it’d be like to not play with Nelly,” Jessica added. “It’d be really awkward. We’re really excited to be paired together. There’s no one who knows my game better. I feel like we don’t run out of things to talk about, she can calm me down and I can calm her down. It’ll be the yin to the yang.” .

Any concerns they might have had about pairing up in competition were alleviated when they teamed up in the DOW Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

“At the end of the day, you want to have as much fun as possible and be there for your teammate and read them as well as you can without it being said,” Jessica said. “I think that’s a huge advantage and something that Nelly and I have which we saw at the DOW. I think we played together once or three times together ever,.

The sisters, going by Team Jelly in Michigan, carded a final-round 62 in the four-ball format.

“We both have a really consistent and similar game. I think we figured out a really good way together,” Nelly explained.

It’s a pairing that the Sorenstams would enjoy seeing.

“Somebody’s got to (be the first sibling Solheim paring), right? Perfect to pair (Nelly) up with her sister (who has been) there before, and a sibling. That would be a smart move, to have rookies and experienced players (together),” Charlotta said.

“I think it’s very cool they want to do that, they think that they’d be a strong team together, want to share a fairway together,” Annika said. “That’s really cool, it really is.”

LOVE III, SORENSTAM, MARR II AND SPORK HEAD INDUCTEES INTO THE PGA OF AMERICA HALL OF FAME

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2019)– PGA Champions Dave Marr II and Davis Love III; women’s golf legend Annika Sörenstam; and LPGA co-founder Shirley Spork – a foursome that impacted both American and global golf – lead a class of six inductees into the PGA of America Hall of Fame.

The 2019 class will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the PGA’s 103rdAnnual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. Also entering the Hall of Fame that night will be former PGA President Derek Sprague of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; and the late golf club designer and philanthropist Karsten Solheim.

“We take great pride in welcoming this outstanding class into the PGA of America Hall of Fame,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “They are some of the most inspiring and exceptional performers in golf. These honorees followed individual accomplishments by becoming ambassadors to grow the game. Their contributions have forever impacted the next generation of players in our sport. We proudly inscribe their names on an honor roll of those who have made golf the greatest game.”

Woods celebrates Nadal’s win with fist pumps

Tiger Woods was fist-pumping and upper-cutting. And he wasn’t even on a golf course.

Woods and his family were in the stands at the U.S. Open on Monday night cheering on friend Rafael Nadal. Chasing his fourth U.S. Open crown, Nadal beat 2014 U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals.

Following the match, Nadal was asked what it’s like to compete knowing Woods is in the stands.

“To play in front of Tiger is a very special thing,” Nadal said. “I’ve always said that I don’t have idols, but if I did, I would have to say that one idol is him.”

Nadal acknowledged he wasn’t aware of Tiger during the match but appreciated his support.

“It means a lot to me to have him supporting,” Nadal said. “As I said, he’s an amazing inspiration, all the things that he accomplish on the sport, the way that he managed to keep fighting that hard …

“Have him supporting and be able to be in touch with him very often for me is something that I am super happy — and I hope one day we can play golf and tennis together.”

DJ has knee surgery; full recovery expected

Dustin Johnson, the 20-time PGA TOUR winner and current world No. 3, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage on his left knee Thursday morning and is expected to make a full recovery before returning to the PGA TOUR this fall.

The surgery was performed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by orthopedic surgeon Dr. George Caldwell, who has worked with both the Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins, as well as other sports teams.

The procedure, according to Johnson’s representatives, is considered routine and was similar in nature to the surgery performed by Caldwell on Johnson’s right knee in December, 2011. Johnson was able to return to action in mid-January the following year.

The 35-year-old Johnson comes off a 2018-19 season in which he posted one victory — at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship — and was runner-up in two majors. He also qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship for the 11th consecutive year and the win in Mexico continued his streak of having won at least one time in every PGA TOUR season since 2008.

But in his last eight starts after his solo second to Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship – in which Koepka took over world No. 1 from Johnson — DJ failed to produce a top-10 finish. That’s his longest non-top-10 stretch in a single season on TOUR since his rookie year of 2008.

In his most recent start, he tied for last in the 30-man field at the TOUR Championship, recording four rounds over par and finishing at 10 over despite entering the tournament at 3 under via the new Starting Strokes format. Not since the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms has Johnson failed to produce at least one round of par-or-better when playing four rounds. And not since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion has he finished double-digits over par for four rounds.

Given that he was the only player at the PGA to post all four rounds under par, Johnson certainly seemed in good form after leaving Bethpage Black. “I’m pleased with where the game’s at, especially we’ve still got a lot of big tournaments left this year,” he said after the final round.

But on the weekend at East Lake, he said he was mentally worn out. “I got two months (off),” Johnson told Golfweek. “I’m definitely excited about that.”

Johnson struggled on the weekends, especially in the latter half of the season.

The first sign of trouble came at the Valspar Championship in March. Johnson was one shot off the lead held by Paul Casey after 54 holes, but his final-round 3-over 74 left him tied for sixth. A 74 may not sound all that bad, but it was the highest Sunday score by the top 17 players on the final leaderboard – and it ended a streak of 14 consecutive sub-par rounds by DJ.

The 6-over 77 on the Sunday at RBC Heritage was even more alarming, as Johnson blew a one-shot lead after three rounds to finish T-28. No player among the top 44 on the final leaderboard had a worst score.

The weekend struggles were readily apparent during his non-top-10 stretch to finish the season. Of his last six made cuts – thus, 12 weekend rounds – Johnson had just three rounds under par, with two others at even par.

Johnson ranked 10th in first-round scoring average, ninth in the second round, then T-92 for the third round and T-126 for the fourth round. In the previous two seasons, Johnson had a top-10 scoring average for both the third and fourth round. His T-126 ranking in the final round was his worst since 2010, and his T-92 ranking in the third round was the second-worst in that same span.

Johnson also struggled to produce eagles, usually a big component of his power game.

A total of 1,634 eagles were recorded in the 2018-19 season … and DJ had just two of them. Only one of those came on a par-5 hole (the 16th at TPC Sawgrass). His other eagle was recorded in the third round of his win at the WGC-Mexico when his tee shot at the 369-yard par-4 second finished inside 5 feet.

The previous season, Johnson had 15 eagles. In 2017, nine. In 2016, it was 16 (tying him for most by any player). In 2015, it was 15.

He ranked 184th on TOUR in eagles per hole this season. He ranked first in that category in 2010 and 2013, ranked second in 2016 and 2018, and ranked top five on two other occasions. He failed to post an eagle in his last 48 rounds this season.

Defending champ Kuchar and Mexican star Ancer headline early player commitments for Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, MEXICO — Seven of the 30 participants in last week’s TOUR Championship are among the early player commitments to the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic, tournament officials announced today. Highlighting the early confirmations are 2018 MGC champion Matt Kuchar who is currently ranked no. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer who made history earlier this month when he qualified to represent the International Team in the upcoming Presidents Cup in December.

In addition to Kuchar and Ancer, Kevin Kisner leads a group of other TOUR Championship participants who are committed to the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Kisner, currently ranked #27 in the Official World Golf Ranking, won the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play earlier this year.  Also confirmed are Chez Reavie, Charles Howell III, Jason Kokrak and Sungjae Im.

“My family and I have always loved coming to Mayakoba, and coming back this year as the defending champion makes it even more special,” Kuchar said. “The tournament has a great atmosphere and always provides a great level of competition, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Kuchar claimed a one-shot victory last November as he notched his eighth career PGA TOUR win. The 40-year-old set a 54-hole tournament record and a personal best three-round total at 20-under-par and led by four entering the final round. His closing 69 was good enough for the title, which was the catalyst to one of his most successful seasons. Just two months after his win at Mayakoba, Kuchar won the Sony Open in Hawaii and in doing so became the second consecutive Mayakoba champion to also win in Hawaii. In the 2017-2018 season, Patton Kizzire won both the Mayakoba Golf Classic and the Sony Open in Hawaii.  Ultimately Kuchar concluded the 2019-2020 season in 16th position on the final FedExCup standings, recorded eight top-ten finishes among 20 cuts made and was nominated for PGA TOUR Player of the Year.

Ancer, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, enjoyed the best season of his young professional career in 2018-2019.  Highlighted by a win at the Australian Open in December of 2018, Ancer’s year featured four top-10 finishes in PGA TOUR events as well as a tie for 12th at the prestigious PLAYERS Championship. He became the first Mexican player to crack the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and currently sits at 37th. In the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, he shot a final-round 69 while playing alongside eventual champion Patrick Reed in the final group and finished runner-up by one stroke. The second-place result marked his career best finish in an official PGA TOUR event. His performance over the course of the season also clinched him a position on the International Team for the upcoming Presidents Cup where he will become the first Mexican to ever participate in the biennial team event.

Carlos Ortiz (Guadalajara) and Kristoffer Ventura (Puebla) join Ancer as Mexican players currently confirmed in the Mayakoba field.  Ortiz, who has three career victories on the Korn Ferry Tour, finished among the top 125 on the PGA

TOUR this season to regain status for the fourth time since turning pro in 2014. Ventura, who was born in Puebla and enjoys dual citizenship from Mexico and Norway, burst onto the scene as a rookie professional winning twice this year on the Korn Ferry Tour to finish fourth on the season-long standings and earn PGA TOUR membership and playing privileges for the 2019-2020 season. Additionally, the Mayakoba Golf Classic will once again award three special exemptions for Mexican professionals, as is tradition, assuring representation of at least six Mexicans at this year’s event. Additional players from Mexico may still qualify for the Mayakoba Golf Classic through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals and through the Monday Open Qualifier.

Additional player confirmations include Major Champions Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open), Zach Johnson (2007 Masters, 2015 Open Championship), Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship) as well as past Mayakoba champions Brian Gay (2008), John Huh (2012), Harris English (2013), Charley Hoffman (2014), McDowell (2015), Pat Perez (2016), Kizzire (2017) and the aforementioned Kuchar (2018).

“To have this many top players making early plans to attend our tournament is a testament to the hospitality of Mayakoba and the Riviera Maya region as well as the growing support of the fans,” Tournament Director Joe Mazzeo said. “Each year the excitement around this event grows to another level. We all look forward to a great week of golf and off-course activities as we showcase the beauty and warmth of Mexico and the Riviera Maya.”

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.