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Defending champion Wagner back at Mayakoba

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Johnson Wagner is having too much fun defending his title in the Mayakoba Golf Classic to worry about missing out on the World Golf Championships event this week in Arizona.

Wagner, ranked 72nd, failed to qualify for the 64-player Match Play Championship. He won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and tied for second the following week in the Humana Challenge in California.

``I worked really hard this offseason to get ready for the beginning of the year,'' Wagner said Wednesday. ``I'm really happy with the way I started and couldn't be happier to be here at Mayakoba defending my championship.''

Last year, Wagner beat Spencer Levin with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

``I'm playing really good golf right now,'' Wagner said. ``I'm so happy to be back. My family is here. I'm having a great week already.''

Wagner will open play alongside Greg Norman on Thursday. Norman designed the Mayakoba Resort's El Camaleon Golf Club.

``I'm very excited to play with Greg,'' Wagner said. ``I've met him once before, never played with him. Obviously, I grew up watching him win golf tournaments.''

The 57-year-old Norman is making his second tour start of the year.

``I'm finally starting to feel healthy again,'' Norman said. ``I had surgery on my left shoulder a year ago today, basically, and now after a year, I've got my strength back, and I feel like I can go out there and play again. And obviously coming down here is one of my favorite golf courses that we have built.''

Levin is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 69. Robert Allenby is 70th, Charles Howell III 71st and Rory Sabbatini 74th.

Fred Funk, the winner of the inaugural event in 2007, also is playing along with fellow Champions Tours players John Cook, Tom Lehman and Nick Price and European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Cook tied for third last year.

Mike Weir is making his second start of the year. Coming off surgery on his right elbow in August, the Canadian missed the cut two weeks ago in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and failed to secure a sponsor exemption last week for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

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Mayakoba Classic field
Thomas AikenMichael AllenRobert Allenby
Stephen AmesMark AndersonWoody Austin
Briny BairdCraig BarlowBrian Bateman
Cameron BeckmanRich BeemCharlie Beljan
Shane BertschMatt BettencourtTommy Biershenk
Steven BowditchScott BrownChad Campbell
Alejandro CanizaresMiguel Angel CarballoRoberto Castro
Daniel ChopraGary ChristianWill Claxton
Gavin ColesChad CollinsErik Compton
John CookBen CurtisRobert Damron
Marco DawsonScott DunlapJoe Durant
David DuvalMatt EveryArmando Favela
Steve FleschMartin FloresOscar Fraustro
Harrison FrazarFred FunkRobert Gamez
Stephen GangluffBrian GayJason Gore
Nathan GreenHunter HaasTodd Hamilton
Brian HarmanJ.P. HayesDavid Hearn
J.J. HenryMark HensbyTim Herron
Charley HoffmanBilly HorschelCharles Howell III
John HuhBilly Hurley IIIDavid Hutsell
Lee JanzenBrandt JobeRichard S. Johnson
Kent JonesMatt JonesSung Kang
Jerry KellyTroy KellySkip Kendall
J.J. KilleenKevin KisnerColt Knost
Russell KnoxJose Manuel LaraDanny Lee
Richard H. LeeTom LehmanSpencer Levin
Frank Lickliter IIEdward LoarPeter Lonard
Jarrod LyleWill MacKenzieBilly Mayfair
Scott McCarronWilliam McGirtJon McLean
Matt McQuillanJohn MerrickShaun Micheel
Zack MillerGarth MulroyAlejandro Munoz
Seung-yul NohGreg NormanJoe Ogilvie
Jose Maria OlazabalGreg OwenJohn Peterson
Tim PetrovicNick PriceDicky Pride
Kyle ReifersChris RileyAlexandre Rocha
Jose de Jesus RodriguezRory SabbatiniOscar Serna
Patrick SheehanHeath SlocumKevin Stadler
Paul StankowskiChris StroudDaniel Summerhays
Russell SurberVaughn TaylorJosh Teater
Roland ThatcherKyle ThompsonMichael Thompson
Esteban ToledoJose TrauwitzKirk Triplett
Marc TurnesaKevin TwayJhonattan Vegas
Johnson WagnerBoo WeekleyMike Weir
Brett WetterichSteve WheatcroftGarrett Willis
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25None0
TOP 50None0
TOP 100John Huh (70),Ben Curtis (82),Michael Thompson (86)3
Course: El Camaleon, Par 71 | Yardage: 532