For the second consecutive year, Roberto Diaz of Myrtle Beach will be competing in the PGA Tour’s $6.1 million OHL Classic at Mayakoba, being played Thursday through Sunday at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Diaz, a Mexico native who has been a Myrtle Beach resident since January 2010, received a sponsor exemption. He played last year after winning an event in Mexico that awarded a spot in the field.
He missed the cut last year with rounds of 73 and 80 through bad weather that included lightning, rain and weather delays in each of the first two rounds. There is a chance of rain Thursday but the weather is expected to be much improved this week.
Diaz played in four consecutive $150,000 PGA Tour Latinoamerica events in October. He finished 28th and 36th in the first two in Mexico with a low round of 64 and high of 75, tied for sixth with a partner representing Mexico in the Bridgestone Americas Golf Cup in Argentina, and missed the cut in the fourth event in Peru with rounds of 72 and 74.
Diaz worked on his game with instructor Scott Shobe for four days this past week at the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy at Barefoot Resort before leaving for the Mayakoba event Sunday.
Diaz is exempt into the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, which will be played from Dec. 11-16 at PGA National in Palm Bench Gardens, Fla., based on his finish of 78th on the 2013 Web.com regular season money list. Shobe will be with him that week as he attempts to improve his 2015 Web.com Tour status, which currently should be enough to at least get him into a few early season events.
Juan Pablo (J.P.) Solis, who played with Diaz at USC Aiken and has been living in a Myrtle Beach house with Diaz and fellow touring pro Yoshio Yamamoto for the past year while receiving instruction from Shobe, plans to Monday qualify for upcoming Latinoamerica events and play in Mexican Tour tournaments.