The suspension of play in the first round of the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic could prove to be an eventual winning omen for former champion, Graeme McDowell.
The rain has played havoc in getting the course ready, so much so that the PGA said that play was being abandoned on Thursday with the round to restart at 7am Friday local time.
It was four years ago that GMac captured a third of now four PGA Tour victories in defeating Scotland’s Russell Knox and American Jason Bohm to win the event on a Monday after a similar delay to that being experienced at this year’s staging of the Mexican tournament.
McDowell is the lone Irishman in the field .
Things to Know
- The last time a round on the PGA TOUR was suspended without any play was 2019 ZOZO Championship (second round)
- The last time a first round on the PGA TOUR was suspended without any play was 2013 Sentry Tournament of Champions
The last time play was suspended at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was 2017, with a suspension (2 hours, 15 minutes) due to thunderstorms Friday. The resumption of play on Saturday was delayed for 5 hours, 10 minutes due to additional thunderstorms
This is the sixth year the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which began in 2007, has experienced weather delays (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
After multiple weather delays through the week, the 2015 Mayakoba Golf Classic was won by Graeme McDowell in a Monday finish
The 2019 ZOZO Championship, won last month by Tiger Woods, was the most recent TOUR event to feature an unscheduled Monday finish.
“The bottom line is we just don’t have a golf course that’s playable, said SVP of Rules & Competition at the PGA Tour, Slugger White.
“We’ve got situations out there where we could lose balls in areas that we have no virtual certainty where it was. There’s so many scenarios out there that just don’t fit making an effort. Nothing’s draining. Everything always drains to the mangroves here and there’s no place for it to go with that much rain. We’re looking at maybe in another hour to hour and a half that we’re looking at pop‑up storms that could last anywhere ‑‑ with heavy downpours, last anywhere from a half hour to an hour, especially since it’s starting to heat up. Tomorrow, unfortunately, is going to look almost about the same until we get here and see what happens. Monday’s always in the mix. Obviously, we hope to finish on Sunday, but Monday will always be there.”