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December 16, 2011

PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley headlines recent commitments for Hyundai Tournament of Champions



Tournament also announces shuttle service to and from Whaler’s Village

KAPALUA, MAUI, HAWAII (December 16, 2011) – Tournament officials at the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions continued to announce player commitments on the tournament’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HyundaiTOC) this week as 2011 PGA TOUR winners Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas and Lucas Glover all announced their plans to compete. The 2012 PGA TOUR season kicks off January 5-9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort with this unique winners-only event.

The player making the most headlines this week of the list above is Keegan Bradley, who was just named 2011 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. Bradley’s season included his first career PGA TOUR victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and was later followed by his memorable playoff victory at the PGA Championship in his first start at a major championship. Bradley and fellow recent commitment Brendan Steele partnered to win the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout this past weekend. Steele was also one of six PGA TOUR rookies to win in 2011 with his win at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. 

Jhonattan Vegas was another PGA TOUR rookie to win in 2011. Vegas’ playoff victory at the Humana Challenge made him the first Venezuela-born player to win on the PGA TOUR and helped him become the first rookie to ever lead the FedExCup standings at any point in the season.

Lucas Glover will bring his experience winning three PGA TOUR events including the U.S. Open and last year’s Wells Fargo Championship to Kapalua. His win at Quail Hollow came in dramatic fashion in a playoff over Clemson teammate and 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Jonathan Byrd. Glover will be playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the third time in his career, with his best finish (6th) coming in 2006.

Webb Simpson played as well as any other player on TOUR this year with victories at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Wyndham Championship as well as two other runner-up finishes. Webb racked up 12 top-10 finishes and finished 2nd in the FedExCup. He will be making his first trip to Kapalua in 2012.

Tournament officials have also announced a complimentary shuttle on Sunday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 9,       from Whalers Village to the Plantation Course at Kapalua (actual pick-up location will be between Whalers Village and Westin by the benches).

From Whalers Village to Plantation Course:         From Plantation Course to Whalers Village:       
Sunday, January 8                                               Sunday, January 8                          
Departs every half hour starting at 7:45am           Departs every half hour starting at 8:15am                    
(Last departure at 3:15pm)                                   (Last departure at 5:15pm)
 
Monday, January 9                                               Monday, January 9           
Departs every half hour starting at 7:15am           Departs every half hour starting at 7:15am        
(Last departure at 1:45pm)                                   (Last departure at 1:45pm)

 
Fans and media are reminded to “Like” the tournament’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC for the latest updates on commitments and a behind-the-scenes look at how the tournament is shaping up.

Tickets for competition rounds Jan. 6-9 are on sale now at www.pgatour.com/Hyundai. Limited spots in the tournament’s pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, remain available. Those interested in being a part of the pro-am should contact the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tournament office at 808-665-9160 or toll-free at 888-665-9160 for more information.

Reminders - New to the tournament in 2012:

•    The tournament dates for official play for the 2012 event begin with the Pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, continuing with four rounds of professional competition Friday, Jan. 6, through Monday, Jan. 9. The tournament is now scheduled to end on Monday, as opposed to Sunday.
•    Thursday’s pro-am round will be free to all spectators.
•    The tournament will allow all youth 18 years-old and under accompanied by a ticketed adult into the tournament free of charge all week long.
•    Military (active duty, retired and reserve) and their dependents will also be permitted onsite for free for the entire week. Military members should bring their military ID to the gate for admission.

About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee. Hyundai is a registered trademark of Hyundai Motor Company. All rights reserved. ©2011 Hyundai Motor America. www.hyundainews.com

About Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the season-opening event of the PGA TOUR and held at the legendary Plantation Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii. The tournament’s unique format allows only champions from the 2011 PGA TOUR season to qualify for this one-of-a-kind winners-only event. During their stay, tournament guests enjoy world-class accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Since 1999, the host organizations of the event have distributed nearly $3.8 million to the Maui community.

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