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GET TO KNOW OUR MEXICAN PLAYERSEL CAMALEÓN, HOLE BY HOLE
THE STORY BEHIND THE EL CAMALEÓN TROPHY THE RESERVE AT MAYAKOBA
GET TO KNOW OUR MEXICAN PLAYERS
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Abraham Ancer

Birthdate:
February 27, 1991
Birthplace:
Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Education:
University of Oklahoma
Korn Ferry TOUR Victories (1):
2015 Nova Scotia Open
International Victories (1):
2018 Emirates Australian Open
Joined PGA TOUR:
2016

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Carlos Ortiz

Birthdate:
April 24, 1991
Birthplace:
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Residence:
Dallas, Texas
Education:
University of North Texas
PGA TOUR Victories (1):
2021 Vivint Houston Open
Joined PGA TOUR:
2015


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Kristoffer Ventura

Birthdate:
February 24, 1995
Birthplace:
Puebla, Puebla
Education:
Oklahoma State University
Residence:
Norway / Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Joined TOUR:
Korn Ferry TOUR 2019, PGA TOUR 2020

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Roberto Díaz

Birthdate:
February 3, 1987
Birthplace:
Veracruz, Mexico
Residence:
San Antonio, Texas
Education:
University of South Carolina Aiken
Joined TOUR:
Korn Ferry TOUR 2014, PGA TOUR 2018


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Aaron Terrazas

Birthdate:
February 6, 1997
Birthplace:
Mexico City
Residence:
Mexico City
Education:
University of Texas-El Paso
Joined TOUR:
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica: 2020

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Armando Favela

Birthdate:
April 23, 1986
Birthplace:
Tijuana, Mexico
Residence:
Tijuana, Mexico
Education:
Loyola University-Chicago
Joined TOUR:
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica: 2012, Korn Ferry TOUR: 2014


EL CAMALEÓN, HOLE BY HOLE
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El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba resort is another masterpiece by Greg Norman, plays to a par 71 for the professional competition. The course bends through three distinct landscapes - tropical jungle, dense mangroves, and oceanfront stretches of sand with holes bisected by massive limestone canals. The course even incorporates a cenote- an underground cavern common to the area- into the heart of the opening fairway on the 7th hole.

In 2007, El Camaleón made history by becoming the first golf course to host an official PGA TOUR event in México and the first official PGA TOUR event ever contended outside of the United States or Canada.

Click here to see the flyovers and description of each hole.

THE STORY BEHIND THE EL CAMALEÓN TROPHY
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Once the competition is completed, the champion of the Mayakoba Golf Classic presented by UNIFIN is crowned and the beautiful El Camaleón trophy appears on the 18th green for the award ceremony. This unique piece has been awarded to the champion for 13 consecutive years, and is one of the most beautiful trophies awarded on the PGA TOUR.

Weighing 33 pounds, and in the shape of a small chameleon - a small arboreal reptile with bulging eyes, that lives in the area of ​​the Riviera Maya due to its warm climate – the trophy is a symbol of success the champion takes home as another memory of his triumph.

The artist of this emblematic piece is the Mexican sculptor Federico Cantú, also known as Xikincho, who has a brilliant career of more than 35 years in the field, and almost three decades living in Playa del Carmen.

Cantú, spends one month to create this one of a kind trophy and he uses limestone from the Quintana Roo region as the base of his work. The El Camaleón trophy is mounted on a tropical wood base.

“I try to convey art that can be archaic, because it is made of stone, and with tools such as chisel and hammer, but with a modern line. It is a rustic procedure, but one that becomes a contemporary result”, said Cantú. The artist recognizes that, in order to sculpt, "one must look inward into the stone, observe and then do magic, melting the stone, with the mind, to be able to bring out what is hidden". The El Camaleón trophy has become a superb work of modern sculpture in Mexico.

For more information on the artist's work: Instagram @xikincho, and on Facebook, xikinchoescultor.

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THE RESERVE AT MAYAKOBA
The Reserve at Mayakoba is the jewel in the Crown of Mayakoba, being the only development conceived and developed to be exclusively the residence and home of a privileged few. The location is one of its greatest virtues, between the jungle, mangroves and cenotes; and its spectacular views to the canals and El Camaleón Golf Course, make its owners possess a majestic landscape, exclusively for them and their loved ones.

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