PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- John Huh was named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year by the TOUR's membership for the 2012 season.
Huh, 22, was the only rookie to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and just the fifth rookie to qualify for the TOUR Championship since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. He was also the youngest player to qualify for the TOUR Championship since Sergio Garcia did so at the age of 21 in 2001.
Huh broke through for his first win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in February, enduring an eight-hole playoff with Robert Allenby. He finished 29th in the FedExCup and 28th on the final official money list ($2,692,113) and totaled four top-10 finishes in 28 starts, including a tie for second at the Valero Texas Open.
Huh, who was born in New York City and currently resides outside Dallas, is the first player of Korean descent to be voted PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.
Huh was selected over Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Bud Cauley and Ted Potter, Jr.
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ABOUT THE OHL CLASSIC AT MAYAKOBA
The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007. Today, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba remains â€śMexicoâ€™s Only PGA TOUR Eventâ€ť as it prepares to enter a new era with a new fall date in the expanded FedEx Cup schedule. The event is regarded as one of the finest on the PGA TOUR by players, their families, sponsors and the TOUR itself. With a purse of $6 million USD, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba boasts the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America. To be held annually in November, the tournament features 132 professional golfers participating in four rounds of stroke play competition at the Greg Norman-designed El CamaleĂłn Golf Club at Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya-CancĂşn regions of Mexico. Rookie John Huh claimed the title in 2012, winning $666,000 USD. Other past champions include: Fred Funk (2007), Brian Gay (2008), Mark Wilson (2009), Cameron Beckman (2010) and Johnson Wagner (2011).
Located in the Riviera Maya just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba is an eco-friendly resort development on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools and sugar sand beaches, Mayakoba is home to three luxury hotels - Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The resort also offers a spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman. The signature course is home to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba - the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico. Six miles of freshwater lagoons that lead to a white sand beach with turquoise waters on the Caribbean Sea connect all of the hotels. Guests are transported in boats via canals made exclusively for the resort, which have led to Mayakoba being called "the Venice of the Yucatan." Mayakoba is an eco-conscious development and has implemented significant practices to encourage sustainability. For more information, please visit www.mayakoba.com.
El CamaleĂłn Golf Club at the Mayakoba resort is yet another of Greg Normanâ€™s masterworks. The 7,039-yard layout is uniqueâ€”not just to Mexico but to the entire world of golf. The course bends through three distinct landscapesâ€”mangrove jungles, limestone canals and stunning, oceanfront stretches of sand. El CamaleĂłn incorporates a cenote, a massive underground cavern, into the heart of the opening fairway. The handsome, Mayan influenced clubhouse rises above the 18th green and features stunning views over the course. The adjoining practice facility and driving range are of international caliber. With Mayakobaâ€™s unique system of waterways, golfers will be able to step out of their rooms and into a boat, which will ferry them directly to the first tee.
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Golf PARa Todos aims to create a fun-filled, diverse and educational program that teaches about the game of golf and its ideals. The program encourages active participation in the game as a participant and as a fan, and facilitates the integration of golf into the lives of all those within the community. Golf PARa Todos is a community program presented and created by the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. In January 2011, the event earned a place in the Guinness World Records by hosting the worldâ€™s largest ever golf lesson. The lesson featured 1,073 participants. The inaugural installment of Golf PARa Todos was held in October 2007 and, on average, 600 people attend each session. Golf PARa Todos is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of golf skill or knowledge. For more information, visit www.GolfParaTodos.org.
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