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December 26, 2013

Thirteen first-time winners in the field at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Thirteen


first-time winners in the field at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (December 26,2013) – The 2013 calendar year was full of fresh faces that took the PGA TOUR by storm, from 2013 Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth to multiple-winner Harris English, they are all in the field for the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Thirteen players total hoisted trophies for the first time in their career throughout 2013 and they will all make their debut in Maui for the winners-only tournament this January. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from Jan. 2-6, 2014.

The first-time winners from the 2013 calendar year include:

  • Russell Henley, Sony Open in Hawaii
  • John Merrick, Northern Trust Open
  • Michael Thompson, The Honda Classic
  • Scott Brown, Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com
  • Kevin Streelman, Valspar Championship
  • Billy Horschel, Zurich Classic of New Orleans
  • Derek Ernst, Wells Fargo Championship
  • Sang-Moon Bae, HP Byron Nelson Championship
  • Harris English, FedEx St. Jude Classic
  • Ken Duke, Travelers Championship
  • Jordan Spieth, John Deere Classic
  • Patrick Reed, Wyndham Championship
  • Jimmy Walker, Frys.com Open

The group of first-time winners own 14 PGA TOUR victories, and collected 46 top-10 finishes during the 2013 season. Harris English is the only multiple-winner, thanks to his second career victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November 2013.

Three first-time winners, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel and Kevin Streelman finished inside the top 30 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the 2013 season. These three players, as well as Jimmy Walker, are also currently ranked in the top 50 on Official World Golf Rankings heading into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Also in the group is 2013 Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, who made history at the John Deere Classic when, at age 19 years, 11 months, 18 days, became the youngest winner on the PGA TOUR since Ralph Guldahl won the 1931 Santa Monica Open at age 19 years, 2 months, 4 days. Spieth picked up eight additional top-10 finishes during the 2013 season and was the youngest player in TOUR history to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where he finished T2 which led to a seventh place finish in the FedExCup.

For the first time, PGA TOUR fans will choose a featured pairing in the first round of a tournament at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Fans can visit PGATOUR.com’s Social Hub to vote for 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott; 2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker; or six-time PGA TOUR winner Matt Kuchar, and the winning player will be paired with defending champion Dustin Johnson in the first round. Fans can vote by visiting PGATOUR.com/socialhub until December 30 and the pairings will be revealed on January 1, 2014.

All four competitive rounds of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC or Twitter at @HyundaiTOC to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament preparations.

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 limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling. Please visit our media website at www.hyundainews.com.  

About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to $1.86 billion.

The PGA TOUR's website is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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