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

me.”

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

a par.

“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

putting.”