The End Of The Beginning For The PGA Tour

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO | Six weeks into a new season and six weeks shy of a new year, the PGA Tour now goes on vacation. Leaderboards and tee times will return in early January at Kapalua with its dreamy scenery and limited field of tournament winners who feel inclined to spend a week in Maui. Until then, there will be a handful of boutique events but, other than the small gathering Tiger Woods hosts next month, nothing of a scale large enough to distract most people from their holiday chores and football games. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba had the distinction of closing out the calendar and, intent on continuing a trend that began in windswept Maui 11 months earlier, the 2013 finale was disrupted by tropical storm-quality rain before the sun finally arrived on the weekend, making it feel like the South Carolina Lowcountry in August. The gorgeous Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón course at Mayakoba sits on the edge of the Caribbean Sea and atop a network of underwater rivers that are like liquid subway routes for anyone bold enough to walk into one of the caves called cenotes. There’s a big open gash in the ground on the seventh hole that’s both a hazard and a curiosity. When he was designing the course, Norman went exploring underground and disrupted thousands of bats. The Shark being the Shark, he kept going and came out in another corner of the property, shaken but not stirred by his creepy encounter.


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