PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO – After strategizing with Gary Gilchrist and GGGA senior coach Txema Sanchez, GGGA alumnus Rodolfo Cazaubon will make his PGA Tour debut at the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club, site of the only PGA Tour event in Mexico.
Cazaubon, who attended the Post Graduate Program at GGGA will make history, along with former AJGA junior player Carloz Ortiz, as the only players to have played at Mayakoba as a junior player and then at the pro level. Participating in this professional event has been a long time goal for the GGGA alumnus, and he has been training diligently, working through the practice rounds at Mayakoba with Txema and Gary to prepare for his early morning tee time.
Cazaubon, who attended the University of North Texas on scholarship, has been working his way up, and appeared on his first PGA Tour Latinoamerica event this year, where he concluded the Colombian Open with a 4 round total of 274 (66-69-70-69). He was awarded the second of three exemptions for Mexican professional after having obtained the highest number of combined profits during two PGA Tour Latinoamerica events played in Mazatlan and Mexico City during the last two weeks.
“This is what it is all about,” commented his coach Gary Gilchrist, “Having the ability to work towards your dreams as a junior and then being able to see all the hard work come together.”
The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007. With a purse of $6.1 million USD, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba boasts the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America. The tournament features 132 professional golfers participating in four rounds of stroke play competition at the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club at Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya-Cancún regions of Mexico.