Players to Watch; OHL Classic at Mayakoba

There's an argument that of the six tournaments comprising the new prelude of the 2013-14 season, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba benefits the most.

All are improved as a result of the revamped wraparound schedule, and the annual stop at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, was already included in the tournaments that contribute to the FedExCup, but it's always big news when an additional event is rewarded a home as a stand-alone event no matter when.

As you'd expect with considerable enhancements, this year's field of 132 is arguably the best in the seven-year history of the event. It will be competing on what was the hardest golf course (of eight) measuring less than 7,000 yards in 2012. El Camaleon is a par 36-35=71 that can top out at 6,987 yards. It averaged 71.651 in 2012 to clinch its second consecutive year as the fifth-most difficult par 71 on the schedule.

eGolf Tour Florida: Bray & Varner Lead at Stonegate Classic

On a cold and windy day in Central Florida, Dustin Bray and Harold Varner III opened the Stonegate Classic with matching 2-under par rounds of 70 to share the lead after round one of play.

Bray, who has four wins to his name on the Charlotte based eGolf Tour series, is making his Florida series debut this week at the Stonegate Classic. From 2007-2009 he spent time on the Tour where he would post five top-10 finishes.

The former University of North Carolina Tarheel opened his round with a birdie on the par-4, second before posting bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 making the turn at 37.

Second Stage of Tour Q-School Opens this Week

Nearly 480 golfers from around the world continue their pursuit of a Tour card this week (Nov. 12-15) and next (Nov. 19-22) at the Second Stage of the first-ever Tour Qualifying Tournament. Second Stage consists of 72-hole qualifiers held at six sites in California, Florida and Texas.

Approximately 144 players will advance from Second Stage to the Final Stage, which will be played Dec. 12-17 (six rounds/108 holes) at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. on both the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses.

Every player who is eligible for the Final Stage will gain access to the Tour in 2014, with one’s priority ranking position based on his finish at PGA West.