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January 4, 2013

Weather issues force change in schedule for 
2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
 Officials void Friday scores, first round set for “do-over” on Saturday


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (January 4, 2013) – Due to unplayable conditions caused by winds gusting to more than 40 mph, officials stopped play and have cancelled all scores from the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday. The first round will start over on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 a.m. HT. Players will start on both Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Officials plan to complete both rounds 1 and 2 on Saturday.

Gates will open for spectators at 7:00 am.  Shuttles will still operate from Honua Kai resort starting at 6:45 am.  Tickets for Friday will be honored as grounds tickets on ANY DAY throughout the rest of the week.  Fans can bring their Friday ticket at the gate on any day and exchange for a daily grounds ticket.

For information please call tournament headquarters at 808-665-9160.

Weather-related notes
Friday’s weather - Mostly cloudy and windy with frequent rain squalls. High of 72. Winds E/NE 25-35 mph with gusts over 40 mph.

Play was suspended for seven minutes beginning at 12:27 p.m. due to high wind. Another delay due to wind came at 12:46 p.m., with a subsequent announcement that Friday’s play was cancelled.

The wind gusts that caused the initial suspension were at 41 mph. The maximum wind gust on Friday was 45 mph. Total rainfall at The Plantation Course up to 3:00 p.m. on Friday was .25”.

From the USGA: Rules and Decisions of Golf – Rule 33-2 (d) – Course Unplayable – If the Committee or its authorized representative considers that for any reason the course is not in a playable condition or that there are circumstances that render the proper playing of the game impossible, it may, in match play or stroke play, order a temporary suspension of play or, in stroke play, declare play null and void and cancel all scores for the round in question. When a round is canceled, all penalties incurred in that round are canceled.

Prior to Friday, the last time the TOUR declared “play null and void” and restarted a round came at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2005 (second round).

The last time a round was suspended on the PGA TOUR due to wind came at the 2012 AT&T National (start of round delayed due to overnight wind damage). The third round of the 2012 Humana Challenge was also delayed due to wind.

Twenty-four of the 30-player field had teed off on Friday before play was cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday.

When the decision was made by TOUR officials to cancel play that had taken place on Friday, 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson held the lead at 3-under through seven holes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Scott Stallings stood at 7-over through four holes. Defending champion Steve Stricker had yet to tee off.

Quotes -

Slugger White – Vice President of Rules and Competitions, PGA TOUR – “We have decided to scrub this round, wash it out completely.  No shots count.   We are going to start the first round tomorrow morning. We'll go two tees tomorrow starting at 7:30 and try to play 36 holes to catch up.  I can honestly say the forecast isn't real good but maybe we'll get lucky.  That's the hope…. There's a decision that we go to and it's a committee decision, and it's with extreme conditions, and that's exactly what we had.  It's almost verbatim what we had.”

Webb Simpson, who was in the lead when play was suspended, “I got off to a great start but that's the way it goes.  I'm sure they made the decision that's best for all the guys.”

Rickie Fowler – “After the kind of strong winds that came through and the weather, felt like it was a smart decision.  Obviously Webb is probably the only one that may be a little bummed.  He obviously was out there playing well and had control of his golf ball… I felt like I was playing pretty well up until we had to hit in some crazy weather on 8 and I ended up making double.  Other than that, 1 over par, felt like it was pretty good over seven holes…

I hit a good drive on 3 and it went 215.  Other than that, for the most part, I told my caddie, I really almost don't even need any numbers today.  It's more looking at the shot and seeing what the weather is, and just grab a club and pick the flight and hit it.  Numbers were kind of irrelevant at times.”

Tickets are on sale now with savings available online, at the Kapalua Golf Shops, select ABC stores and the as well as statewide Wal-Mart stores. 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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