2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic tee times, viewer’s guide

The PGA Tour makes its first of two stops south of the border this week for the Mayakoba Golf Classic held at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The event, which began in 2007 as an alternate field event, became a FedEx Cup event offering full points and a Masters invitation to the winner in 2013. It has since produced a number of exciting finishes, including a playoff and a pair of one-stroke victories in the last five years, the most recent coming last year when Patton Kizzire edged out Rickie Fowler by a shot.

Both Kizzire and Fowler return to the field this year alongside a number of notable names including Jordan Spieth, who added the Mexico stop to his schedule to fulfill his minimum starts requirement. Spieth made his 2018-’19 season debut a week ago in Las Vegas and started strong, posting a 66 and a 68 to get into contention heading into the weekend. But he played his final 36 holes in one-over par, finishing in a tie for 55th. He’ll need to put four rounds together this week if he wants to get his season off on the right track, as 17 under or better has been the winning score here in each of the last five seasons.

Another to watch this week will be Cameron Champ, who was in the mix through 54 holes last week at the Shriners, but, like Spieth, struggled on Sunday, carding a two-over 73. He still managed to finish T-28, and once again showed why the hype is very real with some jaw-dropping drives that left him easy wedge shots into many of the greens.

Also in the field in Mexico are Tony Finau, PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland.

TV Schedule

The Golf Channel will carry live coverage Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

Leader board

Follow all the action from Mexico on the Golf Digest PGA Tour leader board.

Thursday Tee Times

No. 1 Tee

7 a.m. — James Hahn, Luke List, Kelly Kraft

7:10 a.m. — J.B. Holmes, Bill Haas, Scott Brown

7:20 a.m. — Fabian Gomez, Chris Kirk, Richy Werenski

7:30 a.m. — Andrew Landry, Jason Dufner, Mackenzie Hughes

7:40 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Hudson Swafford, Cody Gribble

7:50 a.m. — Gary Woodland, Brian Harman, Kevin Chappell

8 a.m. — Russell Henley, D.A. Points, Sangmoon Bae

8:10 a.m. — Brian Stuard, Sung Kang, Tom Hoge

8:20 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, C.T. Pan, Ryan Blaum

8:30 a.m. — Curtis Luck, Kramer Hickok, Brad Adamonis

8:40 a.m. — Chase Wright, Seth Reeves, Eamonn McLoughlin

11:30 a.m. — Danny Lee, Josh Teater, J.J. Spaun

11:40 a.m. — Robert Streb, Rory Sabbatini, Jamie Lovemark

11:50 a.m. — Martin Laird, Alex Prugh, Seamus Power

12 p.m. — Patton Kizzire, Pat Perez, Jordan Spieth

12:10 p.m. — Cameron Champ, Jhonattan Vegas, Tony Finau

12:20 p.m. — Scott Piercy, Jim Herman, Charles Howell III

12:30 p.m. — Graeme McDowell, Harris English, John Huh

12:40 p.m. — Freddie Jacobson, Steve Marino, Scott Langley

12:50 p.m. — Carlos Ortiz, John Chin, Viktor Hovland

1 p.m. — Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, Kyle Jones, Oscar Fraustro

1:10 p.m. — Sebastian Munoz, Roberto Diaz, Norman Xiong

No. 10 Tee

7 a.m. — Patrick Rodgers, Ollie Schniederjans, Sam Ryder

7:10 a.m. — Anirban Lahiri, Keith Mitchell, Tyler Duncan

7:20 a.m. — Bud Cauley, Abraham Ancer, Joaquin Niemann

7:30 a.m. — Aaron Wise, Rickie Fowler, Emiliano Grillo

7:40 a.m. — Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar

7:50 a.m. — Jim Furyk, Kevin Stadler, Chez Reavie

8 a.m. — Ryan Moore, Bronson Burgoon, J.T. Poston

8:10 a.m. — Nick Taylor, Harold Varner III, Joel Dahmen

8:20 a.m. — Max Homa, Adam Svensson, Armando Favela

8:30 a.m. — Adam Schenk, Stephan Jaeger, Adria Arnaus

8:40 a.m. — Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Sebastian Vazquez

11:30 a.m. — Hunter Mahan, Sam Saunders, Brandon Harkins

11:40 a.m. — Vaughn Taylor, Sean O’Hair, Beau Hossler

11:50 a.m. — Alex Cejka, Whee Kim, Dominic Bozzelli

12 p.m. — Brice Garnett, Grayson Murray, Kevin Kisner

12:10 p.m. — Ryan Armour, Si Woo Kim, Ernie Els

12:20 p.m. — Chris Stroud, Jonas Blixt, Wesley Bryan

12:30 p.m. — Peter Malnati, Kevin Streelman, Matt Jones

12:40 p.m. — Brian Gay, Shawn Stefani, Denny McCarthy

12:50 p.m. — Cameron Davis, Roger Sloan, Zach Bauchou

1 p.m. — Sam Burns, Martin Trainer, Shintaro Ban

1:10 p.m. — Anders Albertson, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Matt Hutchins

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By Brentley Romine

A new PGA Tour season means a new crop of rookies looking to find their footing on the big tour. With the first event of the fall, the Safeway Open, having wrapped up Sunday, here are 10 rookies to watch this season:

1. Anders Albertson

Age: 25
College: Georgia Tech
Years pro: 3
World ranking: 245
Buzz: Improved all aspects of his game this past season on the Web.com Tour, and the most noticeable improvement was his putting. Albertson finished fifth in putting average last season on the Web.com Tour after ending up outside the top 100 in his first two seasons. He won the Lincoln Land Championship last season en route to finishing eighth on the Web.com tour regular-season money list. He then added two top-10s in the Finals.

2. Cameron Champ

Age: 23
College: Texas A&M
Years pro: 1
World ranking: 235
Buzz: The long-hitting Sacramento, Calif., native led the Web.com Tour in driving distance last season at 343.1 yards. He also was fourth in greens in regulation and second in scoring average. After a slow start to last season, he turned it on in the summer with five consecutive top-10 finishes capped with a win at the Utah Championship. That helped him finish sixth on the Web.com Tour money list. His best PGA Tour finish in seven career starts remains his T-32 at the 2017 U.S. Open.

3. Wyndham Clark

Age: 24
College: Oregon
Years pro: 1
World ranking: 326
Buzz: He didn’t win on the Web.com Tour last season, but he was able to notch four top-5 finishes to end up 16th on the regular-season money list. He has made eight career PGA Tour starts with a best finish of 17th at last season’s Sanderson Farms Championship. Was a Haskins Award contender during his senior year at Oregon as he led the Ducks to the championship match at the 2017 NCAA Championship.

4. Cameron Davis

Age: 23
College: N/A
Years pro: 2
World ranking: 99
Buzz: While the young Aussie won the Nashville Golf Open last season on the Web.com Tour, he didn’t finish inside the top 25 on the tour’s money list. However, he earned his card with two top-3s in the Finals. Davis is a promising talent who won the 2017 Australian Open and before that, as an amateur, captured the Australian Amateur and Eisenhower Trophy. He also was T-39 at this year’s British Open. Last season on the Web.com Tour, he ranked in the top 10 in driving distance, greens in regulation and putting average.

5. Kramer Hickok

Age: 26
College: Texas
Years pro: 3
World ranking: 129
Buzz: He was a member of Texas’ 2012 NCAA title-winning team and more recently was better known for being Jordan Spieth’s roommate. Now, though, Hickok is starting to make a name for himself. He finished 23rd on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, then improved his priority ranking with a win at the DAP Championship, the second Finals event, and a T-8 showing at the Web.com Tour Championship. He’s a strong and accurate driver of the golf ball and hits a lot of greens.

6. Sungjae Im

Age: 20
College: N/A
Years pro: 3
World ranking: 97
Buzz: This South Korean prodigy already has been pro for three years yet is still not old enough to drink in the U.S. He is fully exempt on the PGA Tour this season after finishing first on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list. He won the season opener in the Bahamas before finishing second the next week. He added two more runner-up finishes before winning the regular-season finale in Portland. He is the third highest-ranked South Korean in the world, behind only Ben An and Si Woo Kim. He’s not overly long off the tee but is a strong putter.

7. Hank Lebioda

Age: 24
College: Florida State
Years pro: 2
World ranking: 393
Buzz: One of the better stories in this year’s rookie class, Lebioda made his first ever PGA Tour start at the Safeway Open. He suffers from Crohn’s Disease and supports the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He earned the 25th and final card out of the Web.com Tour regular season thanks to four top-10s and seven top-25s.

8. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez

Age: 37
College: N/A
Years pro: 11
World ranking: 283
Buzz: Mexico native started his pro career on the Mexican Tour and has spent several seasons on the Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica. He is a two-time winner on the Mackenzie Tour and four-time winner on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. His first Web.com Tour win didn’t come until last season’s United Leasing and Finance Championship, a victory that helped him finish 12th on the money list and earn his PGA Tour card for the first time. He has made eight career PGA Tour starts, seven of them coming at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He is nicknamed “El Camaron,” or “The Shrimp.”

9. Chris Thompson

Age: 42
College: Kansas
Years pro: 19
World ranking: 345
Buzz: A two-time All-American for the Jayhawks, Thompson didn’t play his first full season on the Web.com Tour until 2007, eight years after turning pro. Two years later, he made just three starts on the developmental tour and didn’t make more than nine in any single year until last season, when he played 24 times and notched five top-10s to finish 20th on the money list and earn his PGA Tour card for the first time.

10. Chase Wright

Age: 29
College: Indiana
Years pro: 6
World ranking: 227
Buzz: Played three seasons on the Web.com Tour before losing status in 2017. He played the Mackenzie Tour that year and finished eighth on the money list thanks to a win and two other top-10s in 12 events. Last season on the Web.com Tour, Wright won the Rust-Oleum Championship en route to finishing ninth on the regular-season money list. He then capped his season with a T-3 finish at the Web.com Tour Championship. His only PGA Tour start prior to this season came at the 2012 McGladrey Classic, now known as the RSM Classic.

Note: A player’s rookie season is defined as the season in which he becomes a PGA Tour member – or receives special temporary membership – and plays in 10 or more events as a member or finishes in the top 125 in FedEx Cup points. Also, players are not eligible to be a rookie if they have previously played in more than seven PGA Tour events as a professional in any prior season. Gwk

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Retief Goosen, Dottie Pepper, Billy Payne and Calvin Peete are among 15 finalists under consideration to be part of the 2019 induction class of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The list, unveiled on Tuesday, includes individuals from four different countries who advanced through four different eligibility criteria.

The finalists were selected by a 20-person sub-committee that included six WGHOF members. To be considered, each had to meet minimum qualifications based on the category. Male and female competitors, for instance, must have 15 or more worldwide professional wins or at least two wins in any of the majors. The veterans category consists of players whose competitive careers primarily occurred prior to the 1980. Lifetime Achievement include those who made significant contributions outside the competitive arena.

The WGHOF Selection Commission, a 16-person group, will meet next week to discuss each finalist’s candidacy. To be inducted, a finalist must receive at least 75 percent approval. Those earning a place in the final class will be announced on Oct. 10.

The induction of the Class of 2019 will take place in Pebble Beach, Calif., on June 10, 2019, the Monday prior to the U.S. Open.

Male Competitor
Retief Goosen
Graham Marsh
Corey Pavin
Hal Sutton

Female Competitor
Susie Maxwell Berning
Beverly Hanson
Sandra Palmer
Dottie Pepper
Jan Stephenson

Lifetime Achievement
Peggy Kirk Bell
Billy Payne
Dennis Walters

Veterans
Jim Ferrier
Catherine Lacoste
Calvin Pette

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