Beckman wins Mayakoba Golf Classic
Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his third PGA
Tour title, closing with a 3-under 67 on Sunday for a two-stroke
victory over third-round leader Joe Durant and Brian Stuard.
The 40-year-old Beckman, three strokes behind Durant at the
start of play Sunday, finished at 15-under 269 on the Mayakoba
Resort’s El Camaleon course. Beckman also won the 2001 Southern
Farm Bureau Classic and 2008 Frys.com Open.
“I started off well. I parred the first and birdied the next
two and kind of got going a little bit,” Beckman said. “I was
really uncomfortable off the tee today, and I chipped and putted
really well. That’s pretty much what got the tournament won for
Durant shot a 72, and Stuard had a 66. Skip Kendall (64),
Richard S. Johnson (65), Briny Baird (68), Chad Collins (70) and
J.P. Hayes (71) followed at 12 under.
Beckman bogeyed the sixth, got the stroke back with a birdie on
the par-5 eighth and added birdies on 13 and 17 before closing with
“There’s something about, you know, I’m cruising along playing,
and all of a sudden I know I’m tied for the lead,” Beckman said.
“That makes you nervous. Now you know you got a chance to win and
you really got to tighten up and concentrate. You know, a lot of
things go through your mind. Winning out here is tough. There’s
really no easy way do it. I’ve done it a couple different ways now,
but it’s a great feeling.”
He admitted he was uneasy on the 18th tee.
“I was really nervous,” Beckman said. “I hadn’t driven the
ball all that good the whole all day. You can get in trouble on
that tee. I still felt like the two guys behind playing me could
birdie the last two holes, also. Looking back now, I could have
made bogey and still won, but fortunately I had a good tee shot and
pitching wedge into the green, and kind of eked my putt up there
and tapped it in.”
What was the key to the victory?
“Without question, putting,” Beckman said. “I mean, I hit the
ball well, also, but this is probably the best I’ve putted in a
long time. Probably since the last time I won. I just put a new
putter in play two weeks ago, and just absolutely putted
beautifully on these greens. … Just a beautiful week of