OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Water Wins Again.

Water wins again as rain storms halted play on day 1 of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico, where more than 3 inches of rain soaked the resort since early Wednesday night.

Play was suspended from 8:40 to 11 a.m., and stopped again at 1:22 p.m, and was then called for the day at 3:30 p.m., with only 15 players able to finish their rounds on the El Camaleon Golf Course.  More rain and thunderstorms  are  forecast for Friday. Slugger White, the vice president of rules and competition for the PGA TOUR said;

“The biggest thing was the lightning threat and the rain we received. We’ll just grind through it again.”

Brian Stuard leads the the rain affected tournament, at -5 under par with 15 holes completed, carding  six birdies and a bogey so far in his opening round.

The two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton and Alvaro Quiros were a stroke back at -4 under par. Eric has  completed 17 holes, and Alvaro finished 15.

Harris English, Jeff Maggert, Josh Teater and Jamie Lovemark were at – 3 under par when play was suspended for the day. Harris finished 17 holes, Jeff played 15, and Jamie has completed just 12 holes.

This PGA TOUR event offers full FedExCup points for the first time, and the winner will get a spot in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters Tournament.

PGA Tour Parts Company with Mickey and Minnie, and The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.


It was a sad day Monday when the PGA Tour released a portion of its 2013-14 schedule, with one glaring omission. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is not part of the new lineup. Tournament spokesperson Tony Morreale announced;

 “It was a mutual decision between us and the Tour.”

The Disney event has  been a permanent fixture on the Tour since 1971, when Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural Walt Disney World Open Invitational, and in recent years it has enjoyed being the final event on the circuit’s schedule. For sometime now speculation had been building  that with the Tour’s transition to a split-calendar schedule beginning next season, and the loss of its title sponsor, November’s event, which was last won by Charlie Beljan, would be the end of the Miracles for the Children.

Ryan Palmer the 2004 Disney champion, said;

” I honestly think it would have gotten a better field as part of the FedEx Cup. It will be sad to see an event like this go away. Disappointed to see it leave.”

The Frys.com Open will start the 2013-14 schedule beginning Oct. 20-13 followed by the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (Oct. 17-20) in Las Vegas. Then following two events in Asia, CIMB Classic (Oct. 24-27) and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (Oct. 31-3) – the circuit returns to North America for The McGladrey Classic in Georgia and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Mexico) in November. After November there will be a break of one and a half months before the Tour resumes it’s season with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Friday Jan 4 – Monday Jan 7, 2013, at the Plantation Course at Kapalua · Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.