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February 28, 2014

February winners qualify for 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
: Stadler, Watson, Day earn spot in winners-only event


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (February 28, 2014) – As the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season continues, more players stamp their ticket to Hawaii for the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions. In February, Kevin Stadler, Bubba Waston and Jason Day each brought home a victory and a spot in the 2015 event. Fellow February winner, Jimmy Walker, had already qualified with his second victory of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Kevin Stadler captured his first PGA TOUR win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after narrowly escaping a playoff with Graham DeLaet and Bubba Waston. While Stadler briefly lost the lead early on Sunday, he was able to chip away at the deficit on the back nine and regain a share of the lead by the 17th. Stadler kept his composure on No. 18, making par and locking in the win. Kevin and his father Craig became the ninth father-son duo to win on the PGA TOUR and will be the first-ever father and son to play in the Masters in the same year. Kevin and Craig could also become just the fourth father and son pair to compete in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Jimmy Walker posted his third victory in just eight starts during the 2013-14 season at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Walker dwindled a six-shot lead on the back nine of the final round, giving himself just a one-shot cushion by the time he reached the 18th. But Walker held on, making a five-foot putt for par to avoid a playoff and instead, add his name to a short list of players that have also won three times in eight starts. 

After a close call at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Bubba Watson found his rhythm at the Northern Trust Open and brought home his fifth career PGA TOUR victory. Watson fired off back-to-back bogey-free 64s en route to his first win since the 2012 Masters. This was Watson’s third top-10 finish in his last four starts this season. 

In one of the most exciting matches in Accenture Match Play Championship history, Jason Day overcame France’s Victor Dubuisson in extra holes to notch his second career PGA TOUR victory. Day and Dubuisson battled it out over five playoff holes until Day was finally able to break away with a birdie and the win. Day became the youngest winner in Accenture Match Play Championship history and joined Geoff Ogilvy as the only Australians to win the event.

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions Official Pro-Am is taking place from January 7-8, 2015, and is the only Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR that guarantees participants will be paired with a tournament winner. In addition to the rare opportunity to play with PGA TOUR stars, participants will also play both courses at one of the most famous stops on TOUR.  For more information please contact Nancy Cross at (808) 665-9160 or nancycross@pgatourhq.com.

The 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from January 8-12. All four competitive rounds will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC or Twitter @HyundaiTOC to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament preparations.

About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, 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 more than 1 billion 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 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $133 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.

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

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