Mayakoba History

Australian, Peter Lonard, finished in 3rd position in Mayakoba Classic 2007The Mayakoba Golf Classic made history in 2007 when it became the first official PGA Tour event to be held outside the USA or Canada. By staging the event in Mexico the tournament fulfills an objective of the PGA Tour organizers to bring the game and tour to people on a more global basis.

The event is worth 12,500 FedExCup points in the PGA Tour.

History of the PGA Tour

Since 1916, the PGA has been promoting the game of golf. It has about 28,000 members worldwide and coordinates the main professional events in the United States, Canada and, since 2007, Mexico.

The three tours operated by the PGA are the:

  • PGA Tour
  • Champions Tour – for golfers over the age of 50
  • Nationwide Tour – a second level tour

The PGA also conducts an annual qualifying six-round tournament during which the top 30 players receive privileges for the following year’s PGA Tour. Runners-up receive privileges on the Nationwide Tour. The top 25 money-winners on the Nationwide Tour also win privileges for the upcoming PGA Tour events.

At the end of each year, the top 125 money-winners on the PGA Tour are exempt from qualifying for most of the following year’s events.