US$200M up for grabs at Riviera Maya PGA tournament

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Huge cash prizes and a chance to advance up the PGA rankings attract some of the world’s biggest golf up-and-comers to the Riviera Maya. Photo: Tulum Country Club

Some of the world’s best golfers will hit the green during the PGA Latin America tour in the Riviera Maya’s Tulum Country Club. 

The prize money for winners of the tournament amounts to a staggering US$200 million as well as a chance to qualify for the even more prestigious Korn Ferry tour in 2023.

The tournament will feature many of the world’s most promising golfers, including eight Mexicans looking to make the most of their home course advantage. 

Among the favorites to come out on top is 25-year olf Raúl Pereda who earlier this year made an extremely strong showing during the Jalisco Open.

During the tournament Pereda made a bogey, then parred in, leaving him T6 with top-ranked players such as Andrew Alligood and Will Cannon.

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“I am feeling extremely strong going into this tournament. My training regime has been quite intense and I am ready to pounce on the competition, like a Tiger,” joked Pereda during an interview with Por Esto

Though the Yucatán Peninsula only has a handful of pro golf courses, the sport has shown signs of growing in popularity over the past decade.

Golf courses have existed in cities like Mérida and Campeche for several decades, but the vast majority of newer facilities have been built in Cancún and the Riviera Maya. 

The most accomplished golfer in the history of Mexico was Lorena Ochoa. At 28, she became the first Mexican golfer to be ranked number one in the world.

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