In just over three weeks, Mexico will host its only official men’s PGA event at theEl Camaleon Golf Club in Mayakoba, just a few miles from playa del Carmen and Cancun.
Last years winner Mark Wilson will be back, along with Boo Weekley and a large number of the tours top players, along with fan favorite, John Daly, golfing on a sponsor’s exemption.
I wanted to walk the walk the many of the best players did in the past, and get a feel for this great golf track once again.
On our first visit to Playa del Carmen last year, I golfed the course and loved it. Wanting to keep the feeling of layout as I follow progress of the event next month, I went back this morning.
If you are coming to this area this is a challenging but magnificent golf course to play on.
Many of the views are spectacular, and rock faces and river gorges can share their beauty or cause you pain.
Anyway on this day I am golfing by myself…not something I usually like but there was no one else, other than foursomes, scheduled near my tee off time.
As a single, I pass every one and there is no one around by the time I reach the 16th hole.
There seems to be five people in the group as I see them from a distance.
As they move off 16 I thankfully hit a nice iron shot on to the green.
Part of the group seems to be coming back to me, and as the cart passes a recognize the female.
It is Lorena Ochoa, Mexico’s proud athletic daughter, who has won almost 30 tour events, including two majors.
As it turns out her first events of the season will be in Thailand and Singapore in February.
A Guadalajara native, now living in Mexico city, she is here practising in the windy conditions common in this area in order to be prepared for the similar conditions she will face in Asia.
I watch her plop shots near the pin consistently after a few adjustments following her first couple of shots.
They wave me over and before you know it I have a couple of great photos with her, as well as an autographed cap.
Guess who I will be following this year?
Apparently she loves this course and so will you if you play it on your vacation.
And if you are coming here during the week of the Mayacoba Classic, be sure to spend a day or two following the players.
There really is something special walking along the course watching the golfers you see on television every week.
The weather wasn’t perfect today, which kept a few golfers away. For that I guess I am thankful because it not only did not rain, but I likely would not have had a chance to meet my new found friend, at least I will call her that, Lorena Ochoa.