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Whalesharks are back in Ycantan Area

If you want to know what it is like to be in the water with the whale sharks off of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, stand in the middle of the street while 30 school buses (with their hoods up) come at you from all directions. For the past decade there has been a growing awareness of whale shark congregations during the summer months around the Yucatan.

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With the ability to filter 1,500 gallons an hour, the whale sharks gorge themselves on the fish eggs. Originally reported by fisherman from Isla Holbox, the shallow water feeding area quickly became a remote tourist destination. A second congregation has been found in the deeper waters of the Gulf about 20 to 30 miles out from Isla Mujeres just northeast of Cancun. Locally called the “Afuera” (outside), this grouping of whale sharks appears to gather to feed on huge patches of fish eggs from spawning Little Tunny/ Bonito (small Atlantic Tuna). In fact, the surface water of the ocean can become almost milky with fish eggs and the whale sharks converge on these nutrient-rich patches.

From May to September, whale sharks supply a significant tourist attraction for Mexico.  In order to protect the sharks, the Mexican government in coordination with local biologists, has set up specific viewing regulations. Tee’d Off Tee Times snorkeled off of Holbox Island. Call for details Toll free 1855-833-3633

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Text and Photos by Stanley Bysshe

POWER RANKINGS: THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

RANK PLAYER COMMENT
1 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar Defending champion fulfilled upward trend here that began with a T13 in 2007. Five top 10s. Missed cut at Colonial provided chance to rest.
2 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson Finished T7 and T14, respectively, on the Texas Swing. Three top 20s in six starts at Muirfield Village, including a solo fourth in 2011.
3 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy Consummated a strong run with a come-from-behind victory at BMW PGA Championship. Top 10s in eight of nine stroke-play starts in 2014.
4 Adam Scott Adam Scott Solidified top-of-the-world ranking with a win at Colonial. He’s 7-for-8 at Muirfield Village with three top 15s, including a T13 last year.
5 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk Settled for a T51 at Colonial. Top 20s in previous six starts. Third in all-time earnings at Memorial; 2002 champ; 13 top 25s in 18 starts.
6 Justin Rose Justin Rose Last to make Memorial site of a PGA TOUR breakthrough (2010); six top 15s in nine starts. Top 15s in five of last seven starts worldwide.
7 Luke Donald Luke Donald Tied for third at the BMW PGA Championship. Four top 10s in last eight starts worldwide. Top 25s in his last five trips to Memorial.
8 Gary Woodland Gary Woodland Thirteen consecutive cuts made; four top 10s and another five top 25s. T7 in last start at Nelson. Two top 20s in three tries at Memorial.
9 J.B. Holmes J.B. Holmes First appearance since a personal-best T13 in 2012 in what was his seventh consecutive try. Winner at Quail Hollow four weeks ago.
10 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel He’s 6-for-6 at Muirfield Village with career-best T8 last year when he held the 18-hole lead. Top 20s in four of last seven starts in 2014.
11 Rory Sabbatini Rory Sabbatini Co-runner-up in his last appearance in 2012. Top 20s in last five trips dating back to 2004. Two top 10s in last six starts this season.
12 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth Top 15s in five of his last seven starts, including a T14 at Colonial. Closing 68 in his debut here last year chased a third-round 82.
13 Jason Dufner Jason Dufner First appearance since 2010; 0-for-2 at Muirfield Village. Fresh off a playoff loss at Colonial where he was T5 in GIR and T6 in proximity.
14 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson First start since missing PLAYERS cut. Top 20s in four of last eight starts. Top 20s in three of last four trips to Muirfield Village.
15 Brian Davis Brian Davis Top 25s in the last three editions of the Memorial; T8 in 2013. Top 15s in two of his last three starts, including a T14 at Colonial.

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Day 3 Byron Nelson Championship

Brendon Todd birdied his final two holes Friday to take a two-stroke lead Brendonafter two rounds at the Byron Nelson Championship. mike 1Canadians Mike Weir and Graham DeLaet are in a group of eight players at 6-under par, two shots off the lead after both shooting rounds of 66.Graham http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/

Tiger Wood & Diamante Cabo San Lucas

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Diamante has already established itself as a great “traditional” golf destination in the bustling, oceanside resort town of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Tiger Woods Design is thrilled to be able to add another very distinctive 18-hole golf course to the property. While the existing Dunes course is reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course, the Tiger Woods Design course will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Tiger grew up playing. Golfers of all skill levels will have several options to navigate each hole, and proper strategic decision making will be rewarded. The existing arroyos that traverse the site and well-placed fairway bunkers will provide ample risk-reward opportunities off the tees. Players will often have to make a decision as to whether to try to carry a hazard resulting in a better approach angle or take the safer route leaving a longer shot to a green. Natural, irregular contours on the wide fairways along with high-faced, greenside bunkers will further enhance the course’s old-style look and feel. With 18 truly unique green complexes, the end result will be a memorable and enjoyable golf experience that complements what is already so special about Diamante. Woods is excited with the golf course opening date coming soon!tiger-woods-course-0514-thumb-518x414-134070 By Tiger Wood Design http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/

nte has already established itself as a great “traditional” golf destination in the bustling, oceanside resort town of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Tiger Woods Design is thrilled to be able to add another very distinctive 18-hole golf course to the property.

While the existing Dunes course is reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course, the Tiger Woods Design course will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Tiger grew up playing. Golfers of all skill levels will have several options to navigate each hole, and proper strategic decision making will be rewarded. The existing arroyos that traverse the site and well-placed fairway bunkers will provide ample risk-reward opportunities off the tees. Players will often have to make a decision as to whether to try to carry a hazard resulting in a better approach angle or take the safer route leaving a longer shot to a green. Natural, irregular contours on the wide fairways along with high-faced, greenside bunkers will further enhance the course’s old-style look and feel. With 18 truly unique green complexes, the end result will be a memorable and enjoyable golf experience that complements what is already so special about Diamante.

The Players Championship

By Graeme McDowell: “The Players Championship is golfing theatre”

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Debate always rages over whether the Players Championship should join the Open, Masters, US Open and US PGA and be regarded as one of golf’s majors.

For me, the majors are what they are and the rest are second best, but the Players is right up there. It has history and tradition and is played on a great golf course with a very strong field.

It is the flagship event of the PGA Tour, like the PGA Championship at Wentworth  is for the European Tour. As far as regular tour events are concerned, those are the two I’d most love to have on my resume.

We don’t play many layouts like this one at Sawgrass.  It is a stadium course where we are playing right in front of huge grandstands. Let’s be honest, it is golfing theatre. I love it.

Tee’d Off Tee Times loved McDowell’s comment!

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POWER RANKINGS: THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

By PGA TOUR
RANK PLAYER COMMENT
1 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar Shed his final-round demons with a closing 64 to win the RBC Heritage by one. Four straight top fives. Won THE PLAYERS in 2012.
2 Luke Donald Luke Donald First start since a runner-up at Harbour Town. Three top 10s in last six starts. Seven straight cuts made at PLAYERS; top 20s in last three.
3 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson Quiet T14 at Quail Hollow, his seventh top 25 of 2013-14. Firing throughout his bag. Six top 25s in nine tries at TPC Sawgrass.
4 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia As close to horse for a course as it gets at TPC Sawgrass. Ten straight cuts made; four career top 10s including win (2008). T8 last year.
5 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk Sterling form meets home game. No worse than T20 in last five starts; solo second at Quail Hollow. He’s 14-for-18 (8 top 25s) at PLAYERS.
6 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy The top-10 machine added another at Quail Hollow (T8). Five on the season. Fourth in adjusted scoring. T8 last year at TPC Sawgrass.
7 J.B. Holmes J.B. Holmes Outside world’s top 500 in mid-March, but now 68th after Wells Fargo win. Five top 20s in last six starts. Four top 20s at TPC Sawgrass.
8 Adam Scott Adam Scott Ten years since his title at TPC Sawgrass, but arguably playing better than ever over last two. Top 20s in last two trips to TPC Sawgrass.
9 Kevin Na Kevin Na Six top 20s and two missed cuts in last eight starts; T18 at Wells Fargo. T3 at TPC Sawgrass in 2009; T7 in last appearance in 2012.
10 Lee Westwood Lee Westwood Surprising missed cut last week in the wake of a win in Malaysia, but fits profile for success at TPC Sawgrass. T4 in 2010; T8 last year.
11 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker Missed the cut in Charlotte, but he’s entitled to a hiccup. T8 in Masters’ debut in previous start. T15 in last year’s PLAYERS.
12 Jason Dufner Jason Dufner Four top 15s on the season, including three in last four starts. T6 at TPC Sawgrass in 2011. Just one red number post-cut in five trips.
13 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson Hasn’t connected cuts made since February, but has six top 20s on the season, including T11 at Quail Hollow. PLAYERS champ in 2007.
14 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth First-timers tend not to succeed at TPC Sawgrass, but he’s exempt from that concern. T2 in Masters’ debut. T12 in last start at Hilton Head.
15 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson The 2009 champ has a total of four top 10s and another two top 25s at TPC Sawgrass; T5 in 2013. T5 in last start in China two weeks ago.
16 Justin Rose Justin Rose Course history hurts spot here. He’s 5-for-10 at TPC Sawgrass with zero top 20s. Solo fifth at Wells Fargo is fourth top 10 in 2013-14.
17 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley Extremely inconsistent round to round, but still has three top 10s and another five top 25s this season. T8 in New Orleans in last start.
18 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson TPC Sawgrass isn’t his cup of tea, but gets respect of six top 10s in nine starts this season. First competition since winning the Masters.
19 Brendon de Jonge Brendon de Jonge Clawed back from an opening 80 at Quail Hollow to place T6 for his first top-15 finish of the season. T15s in last two PLAYERS.
20 Hunter Mahan Hunter Mahan Misfiring of late in the wake of a hip/back injury, but has top 20s in three of his last four trips to TPC Sawgrass.

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Golfing in Playa Del Carmen

Tee’d Off Tee Times cares about our clients opinion. Picture are shown as rated #1 Riviera Maya Golf Course #2 El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course only PGA Tour in Mexico and #3 Grand Coral Golf Course #4 TPC Cancun Golf Course #5 Iberostar Playa Paraiso and #6 Playacar Golf Course.  Manuel Lanz from Mexico City said “to my humble opinion here is my reviews of all the coursesmaya 7 that I played, being number 1 the best and number 6 the worst: Number 1: RIVIERA MAYA AT BAHIA PRINCIPE, it is a difficult course but is the most beautiful of them all, I would love to play it again. Always recommend it to your clients. Number 2: MAYAKOBA, It is beautiful as well and not that difficult so is a must when you visit area. El Camaleon Hole 15Number 3: GRAND CORAL, it is a very playable course and beautiful too, putting aside the cart problem on Friday it was too crowded and that I did not like but certainly I would play it again. Number 4: TPC CANCUN COUNTRY CLUB, I did like it grandcoral320x128very much and when this course matures together when the club house is finished it will be a spectacular Golf Course. Number 5: IBEROSTAR PLAYA PARAISO, I had fun but I would DSC_0196not play it again, it is a onetime course. it’s design is too complicated. Number 6: PLAYACAR, is too difficult and made my suffer, the greens are very small and the fairways to narrow, this a course for very high skilled Golfers (5 of handicap, less or pros) so I would not play it again.Thank you again for everything.”Iberostar Piramid http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/

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Playacar Golf Course

Sergio Garcia Spanish Open

sergiopreviahondaHere’s a little known fact: Sergio Garcia has managed to play in his national Open just once since 2003! Surprised? I was, especially how few and far between Spanish golf tournaments are these days…

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