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The Dreaded Call…

The Dreaded Call…
My boss phoned me today. He said, “Is everything okay at the office?”
I said, “Yes, it’s all under control. It’s been a very busy day, I haven’t stopped.”
“Can you do me a favor?” he asked.
I said, “Of course, what is it?”
 Pick up the pace a little. I’m in the foursome behind you.”
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Guest Email

Hola Cheryl,

     I can’t say I saw the blog, but I know I promised you something for you to post that showed how wonderful and valuable your service is. I appreciate it even more now that I just returned home from “America’s #1 golf resort” Bandon Dunes on the southwest coast of Oregon. It was truly magnificent! 8 guys (including me) completed 6 rounds in 3 days and played all 5 courses. We already booked a return for next year, we loved it! Now that the weather is getting cold, I really miss Mexico though. I watched the PGA play our course, El Cameleon, last week and have many fond memories, as well as pictures. Funny thing happened last week, I heard back from the folks at the El Dorado Seaside Resort regarding my stay and the horrible service they provided. Their computer changed the locks on our door after every use. They said they fixed it 5 hours before we left, but I would have no way of knowing if that was true. They offered us 2 free nights stay, but said they had no record of me calling or emailing about the problem before. I just forwarded them 2 emails from 3/27/13 and 4/9/13. But it looks like we may be visiting again this March. I’m not sure how this will get resolved, or if I’d stay there again. However, we loved the area and would love to visit again.Andy

     How are you doing? is there anything I can do to help you in any way? I sure think the world of you and really hope all is well. I know your husband was back in Canada while we were in Mexico, but I’d imagine he’s back in the warmer climate now. My friend from our club here in town is from Montreal, he went to Bandon with me and his twin brother (lives in Ottawa) will be going to Bandon with us next year. We will probably make a trip up north this summer for golf, I hope. I just wanted to say thanks again, thinking of you, and I’ll let you know about another visit as soon as I learn more. Please let me know if there is anything at all that I can help you with. All my best! Thanks very much, Andy

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba Moment For Me

ohlThis year OHL Classic at Mayakoba started and finished with differences from past years for me.  Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba for his second PGA TOUR title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish. It was his first appear in this only Mexico PGA Tour Event. The person that did not attend was my partner and past Director of Golf at El Camaleon Mayakoba for 3 years, Kevin Sebulski.  He was missed by many and not just by me.   Tee’d Off Tee Times was there but only as a spector and not working the retail side of this amazing event as I had done for the last 3 events. But what made this event more memorable was by chance in a tent on hole #13 when I was lucky enough to meet Jason Bohn. Jason bohnFriday brought rains causing the horn to blow, pulling all players off the course.  Because I am the local golf booking agent and know this course well I took my trusty clients and we ducked into the tent on this hole.  Jason Bohn’s group of PGA players and caddies were there waiting to see what the PGA call was, continue playing or calling the day to a close.  I was in the position to introduce myself (not knowing who he was).  Spent the next 20 min talking with him about golf, family, weather, exhaustion, and good tequila. Living in Mexico, being the main manufacturing country in the world, I was able to share the knowledge I was taught and I know Jason found it interesting. Herradura Tequila has been manufacturing since 1870 and that Anejo, the golder the tequila the better.  Jason was surprised.  I have never walked a course to follow a player but I did this Sunday.  Jason Bohn was a pleasure to follow not to mention his third place finish taking him to his current Fed-Ex Cup ranking of 7 and the $312.000.00 I know helped.  When he passed me on both these day on hole 18 to the score card tent I reminded him “it’s not just about golf it is good tequila too! Cancun Golf http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/

OHL Mayakoba Classic This Week

ohl Tee’d Off Tee Times will be there Friday and Sunday. Attending the qualifying event at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Course on Monday 11 November. • COURSE: El Camaleón GC, 6,923 yards, par 71. A 2004 Greg Norman creation, “The Chameleon” winds through three distinct landscapes – tropical jungle, dense mangroves and sand-lined oceanfront. The design even incorporates a cenote – an underground cavern common to the area – into the heart of the first fairway. The PGA TOUR made its first stop in 2007, spending six years opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship until getting its own fall date this year. In 2016, El Camaleón will serve as one of two hosts for the World Amateur Team Championships.El Camaleon Hole 15 • FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 points. • CHARITY: The tournament supports more than a dozen charitable outlets around Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula. Among them are the City of Joy Foundation, Rotary Clubs of Playa del Carmen and Cancún, and the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. • FIELD WATCH: Ryan Moore, a winner in Malaysia last month, joins defending champion John Huh to headline the event’s first edition to offer full FedExCup points status. … With the event moving away from the Accenture Match Play, the lineup includes all six former champions – Fred Funk, Brian Gay, Mark Wilson, Cameron Beckman, Johnson Wagner and Huh. … Esteban Toledo, twice a winner on the Champions Tour, heads a contingent of four Mexican pros on the roster. Two-time major winner Angel Cabrera (Argentina) is among six other Latin American pros entered from outside Mexico. … Cabrera, Darren Clarke and Davis Love III are among several top names coming to El Camaleón for the first time. • 72-HOLE RECORD: 264, Brian Gay (2008). • 18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Roland Thatcher (3rd round, 2008). • LAST YEAR: Gifted a playoff when Robert Allenby double-bogeyed the final hole of regulation, rookie Huh took advantage by outlasting the Aussie through eight extra holes. A par on the par-3 No. 10 won it, when Huh chipped to 2 and a half feet from the rough while Allenby’s blast from a greenside bunker stopped 15 feet away and he missed the par save. It was the longest PGA TOUR playoff since the 1983 Phoenix Open – also eight holes – and gave Huh victory in just his fifth start. Allenby took a two-shot lead to No. 18, on the brink of his first win since the 2001 Pennsylvania Classic. Going with driver off the tee, though, he watched his shot curl rightward into the trees. Huh and Epi after the win in Mayakoba men locker room!John & Epi • STORYLINES: It’s the final stop of the new wraparound season’s autumn start, giving early birds one more chance to stockpile FedExCup points before the holiday break. Jimmy Walker stood atop the list heading into The McGladrey Classic, but will stand on 684 points heading into the break. … Charles Howell III, typically a fast starter when the season began on the West Coast, is showing geography isn’t necessarily a factor. He posted two top-7 finishes in his first three events before teeing up at The McGladrey Classic. … With the tournament’s move from spring to fall, it’ll be worth watching to see how differently El Camaleón might play. • SHORT CHIPS: The OHL Classic has a history of being kind to Champions Tour pros. Fred Funk won the inaugural event in 2007, eight months after turning 50, and John Cook placed third in 2011. Last year, Michael Allen tied for ninth. … Half of the previous six editions have been decided in playoffs. In addition to Huh’s marathon victory, Johnson Wagner captured a one-hole playoff in 2011 and Fred Funk won the inaugural edition in 2007. … Last year’s stroke average of 71.65 was the highest in the tournament’s six-year history, surpassing the 71.00 established at the 2008 edition. • TELEVISION: Thursday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel). • RADIO: Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ET (PGATOUR.com and SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio). By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM contributor

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Dustin Johnson Biggest Win

dustonSHANGHAI, China — It only took four holes over two days forDustin Johnson to lose a six-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. All that mattered was the high-powered kick down the stretch Sunday at Sheshan International that brought him the biggest win of his career. In what felt like the end of a long year and beginning of a new season, Johnson broke loose from a three-way battle on the back nine by playing a five-hole stretch in 5-under par. He closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title. “It’s the biggest win I’ve had in my career so far,” he said. “Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I’m really proud of the way I handled myself.” This one required a little bit of everything. One shot behind with six holes to play, he smashed his drive over the corner of a dogleg on the 13th hole that left him a short wedge into 5 feet for birdie to catch Poulter. Right when it looked as though he would fall behind again, Johnson holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the next hole. It was a pitch-in for eagle that effectively won the tournament. With a one-shot lead playing the par-4 16th, Johnson hit a 3-iron about 25 yards short of the green with a front pin. The pitch was perfect, rolling into the cup like it was a putt. Johnson raised his left hand and pumped his right fist. And when he waved to acknowledge the Chinese fans, they instinctively waved back, as if Johnson were the star attraction in a parade. That he was, and there were plenty of stars. For most of the back nine, the top seven players on the leaderboards consisted of Johnson and half of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team from Medinah. Poulter and Graeme McDowell, who each had a share of the lead at some point, looked capable of winning until Johnson’s late heroics. Right behind them were Sergio GarciaJustin RoseRory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer, all firing away with birdies on a soft course but unable to catch up. Poulter and McDowell each closed with a 66, the same score as Johnson. McDowell went 64-64 on the weekend without making a bogey and still lost by four. It was the start of that amazing stretch by Johnson that he recalled most clearly. “He trenches one 350 down the middle and has the hands to that 70-yard shot to the front pin and make the putt,” McDowell said. “He’s just a quality, talented, very athletic, classy player. Yeah, he makes mistakes. But when you’ve got a game as good as him, you can get away with a few mistakes. He’s just got a great wedge game to go with just an outrageously good driving game.” Johnson set the tournament record at 24-under 264. He was six shots clear Saturday afternoon when he hit his tee shot in the water for a double bogey on the par-5 18th hole. Poulter had made birdie on the 18th, so the lead was cut to three shots going into the final round. Poulter started birdie-birdie. McDowell did one better, opening with three straight birdies. Johnson three-putted the first hole for bogey, and then failed to make birdie on the par-5 second hole even though he had a 6-iron for his second shot. Just like that, there was a three-way tie for the lead. “The first five holes were not fun,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t having too much fun at the start, especially when Graeme and Ian were birdieing every hole, it seemed like. But I knew I just needed to keep playing my game.” Poulter, still tied for the lead, reached the green in two with a fairway metal. Johnson missed the fairway and had to lay up, while McDowell was stuck in the thick collar on the top side of a bunker, and he did well to hit a chunk-and-run onto the green about 40 feet away. Poulter lagged to tap-in range for birdie. McDowell’s long birdie putt banged into the back of the cup and disappeared. Johnson calmly made his 20-foot birdie. “That was a big putt there,” Johnson said. Poulter fell out of the lead with a bogey from the bunker on the 15th, and he never caught up. He at least stayed within two shots with a birdie on the 16th, but it was demoralizing to see Johnson follow his eagle with a 5-iron into 8 feet for birdie on the 17th that wrapped it up. “A little disappointed not to put my hands back on the trophy,” said Poulter, who won the HSBC Champions last year at Mission Hills. “But 15 birdies and an eagle at the weekend is some pretty good golf. Dustin finished the job. It was good golf and it was good fun to play in that group.” Garcia closed with a 63 to finish fourth, followed by Rose (68). McIlroy and Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., each shot 69 to tie for sixth. It was the second straight PGA Tour season that Johnson won the first tournament he played — even though it was in the same year. His last win was the Tournament of Championship at Kapalua in January. This is the first time the tour has gone to a wraparound season, which began a month ago. Johnson now has won in each of his first seven seasons on the PGA Tour, the most by any player since Woods in his first 14 seasons through 2009. The next step is to win a major, and he already has had plenty of chances in those. “You know what?” Johnson said. “If I play like I did this week, I’m going to win one, for sure.” TSN Reported Cancun Golf http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/