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May 29, 2015

Under-30 stars eligible for 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (May 29, 2015) – Recently, the PGA TOUR has seen its young stars shine on the biggest stages, winning tournaments and making themselves eligible for the 2016 winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which will be played Jan. 6-10, 2016 at The Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort.

Rickie Fowler’s torrid finish at THE PLAYERS earlier this month was a statement to the world of golf that he is one of the stars under the age of 30 poised for greatness. Fowler finished birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to get into a three-way playoff with Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia. After a three-hole aggregate playoff, Fowler stuck his approach at the island-green 17th for his third birdie of the day on the hole to secure his second victory and signal to the golf world that he is ready to win big. With the win, at age 26, Fowler earned his way into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the second time.

Fowler is one of twelve players in their 20s to have won on the PGA TOUR already this season. The growing number of young champions has shifted the landscape of golf, and the young players are proving they belong in the elite levels of the sport, and are ready to shine at the only PGA TOUR event to feature all winners from the previous calendar year.

Aside from Fowler, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy picked up a win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play at the age of 25, and added an impressive win two starts later at the Wells Fargo Championship (won after his 26th birthday), where he shot a course-record 61 on Saturday. Joining him in the winner’s circle this year are highly ranked players Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters (age 21), and Jason Day (age 27), who picked up a win at the Farmers Insurance Open.

“There are so many good, young players right now. Rory has distanced himself a bit, and Jordan is catching up to him,” Fowler said. “Those two guys have stood out, but there’s a whole group of us hanging right behind them and I’m trying to add my name to that mix.”

The crop of young players grew up watching and being inspired by Tiger Woods’ 15-year dominance of the sport, and they are not afraid to win. Patrick Reed (age 24) earned his way back into the field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by winning the 2015 edition of the tournament in a playoff over Jimmy Walker, and is one of the young players poised to become one of the elite players on TOUR.

The winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort Jan. 6-10, 2016. If you are interested in the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Pro-Am, please contact Nancy Cross at (808) 665-9160 or nancycross@pgatourhq.com.

Follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC or on Twitter and Instagram @HyundaiTOC to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament.

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 Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. 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, 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 $134 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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