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December 30, 2011

Field set for Hyundai Tournament of Champions


KAPALUA, MAUI, HAWAII (December 30, 2011) – The field for the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions will include 28 champions of a combined 34 PGA TOUR events from 2011 who will compete for the first 2012 PGA TOUR title as the FedExCup regular season kicks off January 5-9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

“The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has a world-class field with 28 champions from the 2011 PGA TOUR season. The field includes an interesting continuation of what happened on TOUR in 2011, with established veteran players like Steve Stricker, THE PLAYERS champion K.J. Choi and David Toms playing at Kapalua. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions will also host a number of players who emerged in 2011 and captured the imagination of our fans with compelling performances on big stages,” said Tournament Director Nancy Cross.

Generation Next:

  • Young stars in the Hyundai field include FedExCup champion Bill Haas, PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and major champion (PGA Championship) Keegan Bradley, and multiple 2011 tournament winners Webb Simpson and Nick Watney;
  • Of the players in the field, 13 won events in 2011 while they were still in their 20s accounting for 15 victories;
  • Five of the record six rookies who accounted for seven victories in 2011 will tee it up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Jhonattan Vegas (Bob Hope Classic); Brendan Steele (Valero Texas Open); Chris Kirk (Viking Classic); Scott Stallings (The Greenbrier Classic); and Keegan Bradley (HP Byron Nelson Championship and PGA Championship);
  • 12 of the 14 first-time winners on the PGA TOUR in 2011 are in the field.

The Veterans:

  • Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, K.J. Choi, David Toms and Mark Wilson are among the veteran contingent. These five (Stricker/11 – Choi/8 – Toms/13 - Wilson/4 - Watson/3) have combined for a total of 39 TOUR wins and all but Wilson were members of their respective Presidents Cup teams in November.
    • Sticker will be playing in the event for the sixth time and the fourth since 2008 when he recorded his best finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions - a playoff-loss to Daniel Chopra. Stricker, who won at the Memorial Tournament and the John Deere Classic, is one of six players in the field who won multiple times on the PGA TOUR in 2011.
    • Watson won twice in 2011 with both wins coming down to the wire. His victory at the Farmer’s Insurance Open came after a sensational up and down on the 18th hole for birdie before watching Phil Mickelson’s attempt for birdie from the fairway to tie for the lead finish just short of the hole. Watson’s second win of 2011 came in a playoff with Webb Simpson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Watson had one of the more memorable shots in Hyundai Tournament of Champions history when he carved a driver off the fairway that reached the green in two on the par 5 18th hole.
    • Choi is also playing in his sixth Hyundai Tournament of Champions and also has a runner-up finish, when he finished T2 in 2003 to Ernie Els. Choi defeated fellow veteran David Toms in a playoff at the famous island-green 17th hole at THE PLAYERS to qualify for this year’s field.
    • Of the players in the field, David Toms, 45, has the most top-10 finishes at this event (4). Toms 13 career PGA TOUR victories are the most of any player in the field this week. Following his disheartening playoff-loss to Choi at TPC Sawgrass, Toms showed incredible resolve by winning the next week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He will be playing in the event for the eighth time in his career, but his first since 2007. Toms’ best finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a runner-up finish in 2002.
    • Mark Wilson may have been the best player on TOUR for a portion of the early 2011 season with victories at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Wilson will be making his third trip to Kapalua

Multiple winners:

  • The field includes six of the seven multiple winners from 2011 (Bradley, Simpson, Stricker, Watney, Watson and Wilson)
    • Keegan Bradley - HP Byron Nelson Championship, PGA Championship
    • Webb Simpson - Wyndham Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship
    • Steve Stricker - the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
    • Nick Watney - World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, AT&T National
    • Bubba Watson - Farmers Insurance Open, Zurich Classic of New Orleans
    • Mark Wilson - Sony Open in Hawaii, Waste Management Phoenix Open

Final Field:
Aaron Baddeley
Keegan Bradley
Michael Bradley
Jonathan Byrd
K.J. Choi
Ben Crane
Harrison Frazar
Lucas Glover
Bill Haas
Chris Kirk
Martin Laird
Bryce Molder
Kevin Na
Sean O'Hair
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Rory Sabbatini
Webb Simpson
Scott Stallings
Brendan Steele
Steve Stricker
David Toms
Jhonattan Vegas
Johnson Wagner
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Mark Wilson
Gary Woodland
 
Fans and media are reminded to “Like” the tournament’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC for the latest tournament updates.

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, January 5, continuing with four rounds of professional competition Friday, January 6, through Monday, January 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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Contact: Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904-273-3286, chrisreimer@pgatourhq.com

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