El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
6,987 yards – Par 71 – Seashore Paspalum Greens
Course Architect: Greg Norman
Green Sizes: 7,000 square feet… Larger-than-Average Greens
Strength of Field Rating: < 100 OWGR ...Weak Field Strength Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~63% … Average Fairways to Hit
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~67% … Easier-than-Average Greens to Hit
2016: Graeme McDowell -18 over Jason Bohn, Russell Knox in a playoff
2015: Charley Hoffman -17 over Shawn Stefani -16
2014: Harris English -21 over Brian Stuard -17
2012: John Huh -13 over Robert Allenby in a playoff
2011: Johnson Wagner -17 over Spencer Levin in a playoff
2010: Cameron Beckman -15 over Brian Stuard, Joe Durant -13
2016: Derek Fathauer -16
2015: Jason Bohn -15
2014: Robert Karlsson -16
2012: Daniel Summerhays -12
2011: Johnson Wagner -13
2010: Joe Durant -14
2016: Graeme McDowell -12
2015: Michael Putnam -12
2014: Harris English, Robert Karlsson, Kevin Stadler -12
2012: Daniel Summerhays, Will Claxton, Greg Owen -8
2011: Chris Stroud -11
2010: Joe Durant -12
Important Interview Quotes
Q. What’s the key to playing this golf course?
PAT PEREZ: Definitely got to be in the fairway. You know, not definitely, but you get some good lies in the rough, but you’ve got to putt well around here. The greens are kind of tricky where you have some of the pins, but you’ve got to putt well out here. -2014
Q. Fairways are playing a little narrow to looks like.
DAVIS LOVE III: They’re narrow. There’s a lot of hazards out there, and you have to be very focused off the tee, pick a good target and hit it because you can look at all the trouble and start guiding it. -2014
Q. One of your greatest weapons is your length off the tee. I’m guessing you didn’t hit many drivers out here, though?
TONY FINAU: No, but I’m still able to use my length by hitting 3-woods and 2-irons and moving it up the fairway still where most guys would have to hit driver and things. I hit one driver today, so I definitely wasn’t able to use my driver length, but I still use my length off the tee just in different ways. -2014
Q. Are you surprised the way the golf course played today?
HARRIS ENGLISH: Yeah, I’ve never played this golf course with this little wind. Some of the shots were a little weird, starting it kind of dead center of the fairway instead of starting it left center or left edge of the rough, but that’s why you saw so many low scores today. I think the wind is supposed to pick up maybe this weekend, and this golf course should get pretty fun. -2014
Q. Did you hit many drivers off the tee, because this golf course is playing a little faster, you’re getting some run?out?
DANIEL BERGER: I think I hit maybe two drivers all day. It’s just kind of one of those courses where you’ve got to hit the fairway. Super tight off the tee, so just put it in play and you’ve got some birdie opportunities. -2014
Q. 17 out of 18 greens for Shawn Stefani on Friday. You seemed really comfortable out there. How did you get into a good rhythm?
SHAWN STEFANI: You know, I’ve been hitting the ball really well for quite some time now. The last few days really has been credit to my putter. I kind of figured something out on Wednesday and just kind of focused on that. I’ve kind of come from slow, kind of grainy Bermuda greens, which these are Paspalum, but I’ve kind of grew up on this. I felt really comfortable on the greens and therefore I made a lot of putts. That’s kind of what’s put me where I am today. -2014
Q. You finished tied for third here last year. You’re in a similar spot halfway through. What is it about this layout that has you so comfortable?
JASON BOHN: I think what I like about this layout, obviously length is always an advantage. But here it’s about positioning yourself in the middle of the fairway or right side of the fairway or trying to attack some of these flags. That’s one of my strengths is just getting the ball in play. If I can get my putter hot, we’ll see what happens. -2014
Q. What was going good today?
JOSH TEATER: You know, I kept it in the fairway quite a bit. Just not much going on out there. In the fairway, on the greens, which was pretty good considering the wind was going pretty good.
Had a little bit of side winds. Made a few key par saves. All in all, pretty good. -2013
Q. Conditions out there, what was the course like?
JOSH TEATER: Very soft. I mean, I remember playing here in the years past hitting three, four drivers, and now about every hole is a driver because the ball is just hitting and stopping.
But, I mean, fairways are good, not much rough. Kind of get a good lie in the rough when you hit it there. Greens are good as well. -2013
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