Aiming to spotlight Cancun as a golf destination, the Moon Pal-ace
Golf & Spa Resort hosted the 46th Mexican Open in December,
drawing professional golfers from around the world.
Part of the 2003 American Express Tour de Las Americas, the
tournament was broadcast to an estimated 120 million house-holds on
ESPN, CNBC and the Mexican television station TV Az-teca. It is the
only professional golf tournament for South and Central America,
Mexico and the Caribbean.
Columbian Eduardo Herrera won the Open with a final round of 70
and a 10-under par 278 for the four rounds. American Jeff Burns and
Argentinean Eduardo Argiro shared second place, each finishing one
stroke behind Herrera.
The tournament, a first for Moon Palace, was a prestigious debut
for the resort’s recently opened, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature
“The feedback from the play-ers has been very positive; they
enjoyed the golf course and its challenges. We are looking forward
to hosting future golf tour-naments at Moon Palace and are excited
to be a part of Cancun’s growing appeal as a golf destina-tion,”
said Roberto Chapur, president of Palace Resorts.
The Open drew 144 players from the PGA Tour, the Nation-wide
Tour, the Canadian Tour, the Asia Tour, the Champions Tour, the
European Challenge Tour and the Mexican national tour. More than
$20,000 was do-nated through the tournament’s Pro-Am event to the
Ven Con-migo and Heme Aqui Founda-tions, which provide support for
children with special needs.
Palace Resorts operates six all-inclusive properties in Cancun
and the Riviera Maya. Moon Palace also offers golf packages.