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Johnson Wagner PGA Tour Winner of Mayakoba Golf Classic Returns This Sunday

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Johnson Wagner won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Feb 2011 for his second PGA TOUR title.  He is coming back this Sunday 6 Nov 2011 to take part in GOLF PARa TODOS.

Wagner will be signing autographs and Tee´d Off Tee Times will be there to report the outcome.

Golf FORE Everyone aims to create a fun-filled, diverse and educational program
that teaches about the game of golf and its ideals. The program encourages
active participation in the game as a participant and as a fan, and facilitates
the integration of golf into the lives of all those within the community. Golf
PARa Todos is a community program presented and created by the Mayakoba Golf
Classic.

In January of 2011, the event earned a place in the Guinness World Records by
hosting the world’s largest golf lesson ever. 1,073 people participated in the
lesson.

We believe with Johnson Wagner participating a press release is expected.

The inaugural installment of Golf PARa Todos was held in October 2007 at El
Camaleón Golf Club in Playa del Carmen. On average, 600 people currently attend
each session. A monthly program, Golf PARa Todos is open to people of all ages,
backgrounds and levels of golf skill or knowledge. For more information, visit
www.GolfParaTodos.org.

Mission Accomplished For World No. 1 Golfer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)

Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald left little doubt who was No. 1 on the PGA Tour on Sunday when he ran off six straight birdies on the back nine and closed with an 8-under 64 to win the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

Donald felt his only chance to capture the PGA Tour money title — and state a clear case as player of the year — was to win at Disney in the final tournament of the year.

That’s what made his victory Sunday in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic his most gratifying win of the year. Five shots behind going into the final round, and still four shots out of the lead with nine holes to play, Donald left little doubt who was No. 1 — in the world ranking, and now on the PGA Tour.

Donald ran off six straight birdies to blow past Webb Simpson on the leaderboard and on the money list, closing with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory over Justin Leonard that makes him a clear favorite for PGA Tour player of the year.

”I told you guys on Wednesday that the goal was to win. Nothing was really going to be good enough other than that,” Donald said. ”I think this is probably one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because of that.

Not only was Donald four shots out of the lead at the turn, he was two shots behind Simpson, who had a $363,029 lead on the money list. His caddie for the week, Gareth Lord, had sent Donald a text Saturday night to say that ”it’s not over yet.”

Donald’s timing could not have been better. He holed four straight birdie putts inside 8 feet, took the lead with an 18-foot birdie on the par-5 14th hole, then sealed his stunning rally with a 45-foot birdie on the 15th hole.

”We gave ourselves a chance,” said Simpson, who shot 69 and tied for sixth. ”The fact is, playing against the best player in the world, he’s going to do something great like that most of the time, and he did. Made six birdies in a row. Tough to compete against.”

Donald won for the second time this year on tour, as many as anyone else. He also won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average. He finished in the top 10 in 74 percent of his starts.

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And now, he has his first PGA Tour money title with $6.68 million — along with a seven-figure bonus from sponsor Ralph Lauren.

The PGA Tour player of the year award is a vote of the players, and ballots go out next week. Simpson had been considered a front-runner going into the week, mainly because he was leading the money list.

Donald, who finished at 17-under 271 and earned $846,000, was asked to make a case for someone other than him. Coming into this week, I felt like Webb was probably the favorite, based on he was ahead of me on the money list and he was ahead of me in wins this year. Obviously, I’ve drawn level on wins and I’ve gotten ahead on money.

Simpson when asked about player of the year said ”I think I’ve played great. Luke has played great. Couple other guys have played well. Still probably up in the air a little bit. But I’m sure I’ll vote for myself.”  Simpson who won twice and was No. 2 on the money list and the FedEx Cup.

Donald also kept alive his bid to become the first player to win the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season. His lead in Europe is just over $1.8 million over Rory McIlroy with five tournaments remaining.

Leonard finished with eight pars for a 71. He already is exempt for next year, but kept alive his streak of never finishing out of the top 125 on the money list since joining the tour in 1994.

Tom Pernice Jr., a 52-year-old who refuses to give up on playing with guys half his age, closed with a 69 for a three-way tie for third, earning enough money to finish at No. 121 and earn back his PGA Tour card.

There were plenty of twists and turns at the bottom of the money list, as players were grinding to finish in the top 125 to have full status on tour next year.

 

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PGA: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Day 2

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)

Justin Leonard described his round Friday at Disney as a ”fun, easy day,” and it was every bit of that. He had a 9-under 63 for his lowest round of the year, putting him in a tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson and Bio Kim at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

It was only after his round that he felt as though he was on Thunder Mountain without ever leaving the golf course.

Leonard is at No. 144 on the PGA Tour money list and not the least bit worried about keeping his card because he already is exempt through 2012. Because of a misprint in the media guide, reporters didn’t understand how he was exempt, leading to confusion — and a brief spell of panic for Leonard — while tour officials researched the regulations to confirm the answer.

By the time he headed for the Magic Kingdom for the parade with his four children, all was well. The leaders were at 12-under 132, two shots clear of Nick O’Hern. Gary Woodland was in the group at 9-under 135.

The money list is magic at Disney.

Webb Simpson and Luke Donald are battling for the money title, and they both played the opening two rounds at 7-under 137, meaning they will be paired again Saturday. Simpson has a $363,029 lead, so the third round looms large for Donald.

Simpson had a bogey on the final hole at Magnolia for a 69, while Donald battled a sinus infection and a lack of energy on his way to a 71 as they at least stayed in the game. Their battle was summed up on the 12th hole, when Donald stuffed his tee shot into 2 feet, and Simpson followed with a shot into 3 feet. Both made birdie.

”I think both of us are in the same mindset and trying to win the golf tournament,” Simpson said. ”We want to beat not only each other, but we want to beat the field. I feel that’s just natural as competitors. He’s got a little further to go. All it takes is a good weekend, and he would be right there.”

Donald can finish no worse than a two-way tie for second, provided Simpson finishes down the leaderboard. It’s a tall order for Donald, the No. 1 player in the world.

Day three will show if the most talked about players Donald and Simpson are able to stay near or in the top ten.

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Donald shares Disney lead, two shots up over Simpson

 

Luke Donald figured he might have to win at Disney to have his best shot at capturing the PGA Tour money title. He took a good step Thursday in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic with a 6-under 66 for a seven-way share of the lead.Donald is playing the opening two rounds with Webb Simpson, whose runner-up finish last week at Sea Island gave him a $363,029 lead in the money list. Simpson also played bogey-free on the easier Palm course for a 68The wind began blowing in the morning as a front came through, giving Disney surprisingly cool conditions.

Donald, who just returned from Europe, immediately put his name in the mix to stay near the top of the leaderboard throughout the morning. Simpson made a late surge and also was satisfied with his start.”It’s a good start,” Simpson said. ”That’s all you can ask for on day one. Looking forward to trying to improve tomorrow, just keep trying to climb the leaderboard.”It’s a crowded leaderboard, typical of this season-ending tournament.

With so much attention at the top, it’s even more critical at the bottom as players try to finish in the top 125 on the money list to keep full status for next year. James Driscoll is at No. 125, and he was among those who opened with a 66 to tie for the lead.

Donald is trying to become the first player to win the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in the same year. He also is trying to become the first player since Tom Lehmanin 1996 to win the PGA Tour money title in the final tournament.The format is for two pros to play with two amateurs, and with Nos. 1 and 2 on the money list at Disney, it was natural for the tour to put Donald and Simpson in the same group. They had a few light-hearted moments.”He asked when I was having my offseason,” Donald said. ”I said, `Well, it was going to be this week. Thanks for playing the last two weeks.’ But yeah, just some light-hearted banter out there.”Donald went ahead on the money list with a final birdie at the Tour Championship last month, but then Simpson lost in a playoff at the McGladrey Classic a week ago in his bid to win the money list, which comes with a five-year exemption.onald wasn’t planning to play Disney until then.

The Englishman is missing out on a 10-year reunion at Northwestern, where he was an NCAA champion and loved the Chicago area so much that he now lives there for most of the year.

Instead, he’s working at Disney, and trying to make it pay off in a big way. Simpson alway knew he was playing and plans to win. Tee’d Off Tee Times will be following

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Opening of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf

Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard for luxury, and Tee´d Off Tee Times is involved.  This all-inclusive resort accommodations – proudly announces the opening of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf on August 15, 2011. The Academy will launch at Moon
Palace Golf & Spa Resort
in Cancun, Mexico, as well as the company’s Riviera
Cancun golf course
. An additional Academy is scheduled to open at Palace
Resorts Playacar Spa & Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this Fall 2011.

With the opening of the golf academy, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort,
Riviera Cancun and Playacar Spa & Golf Club will be among the only resorts
in the Caribbean to boast a Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, featuring innovative
teaching methods and state-of-the-art integrated technology. The resorts join a
multitude of other prestigious Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf programs spanning
across the globe including Spain, Denmark, China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, India,
Mexico and the United States.

With more than 20 years of proven golf instruction expertise, the Jack
Nicklaus Academy of Golf aims to increase the enjoyment of the game for all ages
and ability levels. It has long been recognized as the leader in its field,
using ground-breaking teaching techniques, intertwining physical and mental
training with constructive evaluations to ensure maximum learning potential. The
Academy program incorporates the following:

• The Nicklaus Academies Analysis Software
• High-speed video for capturing the swing
• A balance and weight shift mat
• Integrated ball flight monitor
• Simulated indoor driving range
• Student video monitors
• Automated studio lighting system
• Flat panel viewing monitors
• TOMI computerized putting lab
• Mental Evaluation and Training Program
• Custom club and golf ball fitting protocols

Students can participate in 13 different tailored teaching programs from
Welcome to Golf and Equipment Fitting Sessions, to Couples Only Golf Schools and
Corporate Programs. The Academy helps amateur students learn the fundamentals of
golf while also offering seasoned players an opportunity to fine-tune their
game. Avid golfers will also enjoy the Academy’s dynamic home course at the Moon
Spa & Golf Club, which requires golfers to navigate through native
vegetation, wetlands and strategically placed bunkers as they experience
breathtaking views and challenges characteristic of a Jack Nicklaus Signature
Course.

Additionally, students can apply a portion of their Resort Credit for classes
at the Academy. The most valuable vacation promotion on record, Palace Resorts’
$1500 Resort Credit makes the most complete vacation getaway in Mexico and the
Dominican Republic. Up to $1500 can be applied to room upgrades, spa and beauty
salon treatments, romantic dinners, Precious Wedding Collection packages,
off-site excursions and tours, golf outings and now lessons at the Jack Nicklaus
Academy of Golf. Best of all, the combination of options is unlimited, allowing
guests staying in any room category for five nights or more to mix and match
resort credit among all included amenities. The $1500 Resort Credit is available
now through Dec. 23, 2011 at all 11 Palace Resorts properties in Mexico and the
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Guests can
also forfeit the $1500 Resort Credit to opt for unlimited golf at all Palace
Resorts properties excluding Cozumel Palace, Isla Mujeres Palace and Vallarta
Palace. Guests must mention the unlimited golf promotion at the time of
reservation or they will receive the $1500 Resort Credit by default.

For additional information about the Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy or to book
your lessons, email golfacademy@palaceresorts.com.

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Driving In Mexico Makes You Want to Live Here

Tee”d Off Tee Times felt the story needed to be shared.  Thank you David

By David Simmonds

I have driven tens-of-thousands of miles in Mexico and the worse thing I can remember happening was having a mango jump off the flatbed of an oncoming produce truck near Mazatlán, smashing out the left headlight in my old VW van and spraying mango pieces and juice from head to huarache, where I sat in the driver’s seat. I thought I’d been shot by a deranged sniper until I figured it all out. And another time I blew an engine (another VW van, naturally) in the Sonoran desert on my return trip on a 100 degree summer day when few cars were on the road (this was years ago, before toll roads), only to be rescued by a pickup truck full of missionaries who rope-towed me to the Arizona border, almost making a believer of me.

But that’s about it for the mishaps. Driving in Mexico is a great way to really see the country and to meet the people who live in the small towns along the way. This is where the character and soul of the country reside, and should not be missed. The one caveat that has always held true is to avoid night-driving. Not because you’re going to get held up by bandits, but because animals often find their way onto the roads and there are still trucks and cars that drive without taillights…and headlights. Daylight is just a safer way to travel, and you see more. Mexico has built many thousands of miles of four-lane toll-roads over the past thirty years, making it much easier to get around (although they aren’t cheap), but the old roads still exist. Whereas the toll roads avoid having to drive directly through many towns and are much faster, you miss a lot by taking them. However, when you drive the old roads, you really need to pay attention. Crater-like potholes, narrow un-banked roads, erratic drivers, wandering livestock, slow moving trucks, and plastic-Jesus grasping bus drivers require that you keep your mind uncluttered and concentrate on your surroundings. But still, I highly recommend that you do it.

 

If you are flying into Mexico and plan to rent a car to give you more flexibility, make the arrangements before you travel. You will find the best deals by calling, or going to the web site, of the various rental companies and see who has the best deal for you. The rates can vary widely, so it is worth the effort. I can usually find a small car for about $120 – 160 per week, or $25.00 per day. Try to get unlimited miles and insurance included in the price. The independence of having your own wheels will make for a more interesting and complete trip. Just avoid the VSM’s (van-seeking mangos).

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Contributor for the México Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination.

I am lucky enough to live here in the Riviera Maya, Q Roo area and welcome any comment on Mexico.                                                                                                                                       Sincerely  Cheryl Cogswell owner of Teed Off Times |

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