Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – This year’s winner of the OHL Mayakoba Classic major championship was Graeme McDowell, who walked away with more than $1 million of the $6.2 million purse.
It was McDowell’s first PGA Tour title since April 2013, where he won with a play-off hole. The US Open winner (2010) admits he’s had a dry run, one that left him questioning his ability to play after dropping out of the world’s top 50.
“It’s been a rough year for all the right reasons,” he said. “I’ve been enjoying life off the golf course with my beautiful family. Golf hasn’t been the priority it should be. But the last three or four months I got back to where I want to be,” he added.
After giving the initiative to fellow player Russel Knox by bogeying the 16th as the rain-soaked tournament was delayed into another day, McDowell seized a second chance at the first play-off hole against Knox and Jason Bohn with a brilliant approach.
With a five-iron from over 200 yards, McDowell managed to get within three feet for birdie, which guaranteed him a place at next year’s Masters and PGA Championship.
“I’ve stuck to my task the last couple of months and this is a nice step back up to where I want to be. I hit as good a five-iron as I could hit and it was nice to knock in a two-and-a-half footer to take care of this.”
At the beginning of last week, McDowell had fallen from 15th at the beginning of the year to 85th by the start of the Mayakoba tournament.
“It has been a tough year but this is special. I have been dreaming of this day and I said to myself I was going to appreciate it when it came.
The tournament was delayed by a day due to persistent wind and rains. The event ran from November 9 to 16. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the OHL Mayakoba PGA Tournament.