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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 08, 2018 1:00 am

GOLF

PGA

MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC

Site: Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Course: El Camaleon GC at the Mayakoba Resort. Yardage: 6,987. Par: 71.

Purse: $7.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,296,000.

Television: Today-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Patton Kizzire.

Last week: Bryson DeChambeau won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele.

Notes: Jordan Spieth makes his first appearance in Mayakoba, and his final appearance before getting married. ... Rickie Fowler and Tony Finau give the field three of the top 15 players in the world. ... For the second straight week, a fall event on the PGA Tour has a higher strength-of-field rating than the Rolex Series event on the European Tour. ... Chris Stroud is the only player to compete at Mayakoba every year since it began in 2007. ... Abraham Ancer is among seven Mexican professionals in the field, three of whom have full PGA Tour cards. ... Fred Funk won the inaugural tournament at age 50. ... Graeme McDowell is the only player born outside the U.S. to have won in Mayakoba. ... Kizzire, who beat Fowler by one shot last year, won twice in four tournaments when he added a title at the Sony Open.

Next week: RSM Classic.