When Thursday play was rained out entirely at the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic, everyone knew what was coming. But no one likes to say the “M” word too early in the week.
Not Mayakoba. But Monday.
However, after finishing Round 1 on Thursday at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the PGA Tour acknowledged the penultimate official event of the year is heading to a Monday finish.
The 36-hole cut will reduce the field to 65 players & ties @MayakobaGolf after R2 on Saturday. Sunday play will be off Nos. 1 & 10 in 3's for R3 & R4 with no re-pair. On Sunday, play will continue until light permits. The remainder of R4 will resume on Monday at 7:30 a.m.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) November 16, 2019
The second round of the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic will be played on Saturday, and then the 36-hole cut will be made to the top 65 and ties, in line with the PGA Tour cut rule. Then Sunday will turn into a marathon day, with groups playing in threesomes off the first and 10th tees for the third round. After the field finishes the third round, they’ll turn around quickly to play the final round without repairing. The remaining weekend field will play until dark on Sunday.
On Monday, the 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic will conclude with the players who still need to finish the tournament resuming at 7:30 a.m. local time.
Danny Lee leads the tournament after the first round, shooting 9-under 62 in Friday’s first round. Brendon Todd, who won two weeks ago in Bermuda in an opposite-field event, and Adam Long are a shot behind.
The good news for Lee is the first-round leader in Mayakoba has won each of the last two years (Patton Kizzire in 2017 and Matt Kuchar in 2018).
First-round play began on Friday at 7:30 a.m. after a half-hour delay in preparing the course following Thursday downpours and thunderstorms that forced the PGA Tour to call play at 1 p.m. local time.
Rain has plagued the Mayakoba Golf Classic over the years — the realities of the climate — with this being the sixth year in the last eight the tournament has experienced weather delays. Then again, the fall schedule hasn’t been immune to washouts to this point. The second round of the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan was wiped out due to a typhoon, forcing a Monday finish (showed on Sunday night in the United States) for Tiger Woods’ 82nd PGA Tour win.