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November 14, 2012

Beljan final player to qualify for Hyundai Tournament of Champions 


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (November 14, 2012) – With his dramatic victory at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, 28-year-old rookie Charlie Beljan became the final player to qualify for the 2013 PGA TOUR season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, to be held at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, Jan. 3-7, 2013. 

Beljan, who suffered from a panic attack during the second round and was almost unable to compete, held on for his first PGA TOUR victory. The performance helped him move from outside the top 125 on the money list and in danger of losing his PGA TOUR card for 2013, to inside the Hyundai Tournament of Champions field and suddenly on the PGA TOUR ballot for Rookie of the Year. 

“I was happy that my wife and my baby were here,” said Beljan.  “It still isn’t real.  Three weeks ago before The McGladrey Classic, I was 150 (on the money list) and hoping to play well so I didn't have to fly straight from here to Houston for Second Stage.  And then I did well at McGladrey.  I'm like, beautiful.  Now I can go right to Final Stage. Now I don't have to go to Q‑school for a few years, and I get to go to Hawaii to start the year.” 

Beljan will join 36 other PGA TOUR winners who have qualified for the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Beljan is one of four 2012 rookies to qualify joining Jonas Blixt, Ted Potter, Jr. and John Huh. Huh is one of 13 players in their 20s to qualify. 

“We have a fantastic list of qualifiers for the kickoff to the 2013 PGA TOUR season,” said Executive Director Nancy Cross. “In one of the most exciting seasons in recent PGA TOUR history, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will play host to a variety of players from established veterans as well as several of golf’s rising stars.”

Here is the final list of players who have qualified and the tournaments in which they won (players have until Friday, December 28, at 5 p.m. ET to officially commit to play in the event):

Player                    Age      Tournament won           
Beljan, Charlie         28        Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney World
Blixt, Jonas             28        Frys.com Open
Bradley, Keegan      26        WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Curtis, Ben              35        Valero Texas Open
Donald, Luke           34        Tampa Bay Classic
Dufner, Jason          35        Zurich Classic of New Orleans, HP Byron Nelson Championship
Els, Ernie                43        British Open
Fowler, Rickie          23        Wells Fargo Championship
Gainey, Tommy       37        McGladery Classic
Garcia, Sergio          32        Wyndham Championship
Haas, Bill                 30        Northern Trust Open
Henry, J.J.               37        Reno Tahoe Open
Huh, John                22        Mayakoba Golf Classic
Johnson, Dustin       28        FedEx St. Jude Classic
Johnson, Zach         36        Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic
Kuchar, Matt            34        THE PLAYERS
Leishman, Marc       29         Travelers Championship
Mahan, Hunter         30         Shell Houston Open, World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship
McIlroy, Rory           23         The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship
McNeill, George       37         Puerto Rico Open
Mickelson, Phil        42         AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Moore, Ryan            29         Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Pettersson, Carl       35         RBC Heritage
Piercy, Scott           34         RBC Canadian Open
Potter, Jr., Ted        29         The Greenbrier Classic
Poulter, Ian             36         World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
Rose, Justin            32         WGC-Cadillac Championship
Simpson, Webb       27         U.S. Open
Snedeker, Brandt     31         Farmers Insurance Open, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Stallings, Scott        27         True South Classic
Stanley, Kyle           24         Waste Management Phoenix Open
Stricker, Steve         45         Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Wagner, Johnson     32         Sony Open in Hawaii
Watney, Nick           31         The Barclays
Watson, Bubba        34         Masters Tournament
Wilson, Mark           38          Humana Challenge
Woods, Tiger           36         Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Memorial Tournament, AT&T National

Tickets are on sale now, and there are limited Pro-Am spots available. For more info, visit www.pgatour.com/hyundai or call 808-665-9160.

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 820 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, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Please visit our media website at 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 2012 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 more than $4 million to the Maui community.

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Contact: Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904-273-3286, chrisreimer@pgatourhq.com

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