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December 30, 2010

Hyundai Tournament of Champions Announces First‐round pairings and starting times

Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (Dec. 30, 2010) – Officials of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR, today announce first‐round pairings and starting times for the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the season‐opening event on the PGA TOUR.

Featuring tournament winners from 2010, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is scheduled for Jan. 2‐9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort and features a field of 34 players, including the top four on the PGA TOUR money list. The first round on Thursday, Jan. 6 commences at 10:20 a.m. PST with Arjun Atwal of India and Rocco Mediate of Naples, Fla. The final pairing at 1 p.m. features two‐time defending champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia with 2001 winner Jim Furyk, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the reigning FedExCup champion.

“With our unique format, the PGA TOUR was able to release Thursday’s pairings earlier than is typical, and we are excited about this opportunity to build more anticipation for the start of the new FedExCup season,” Tournament Director Nancy Cross said.

Among the most intriguing pairings is the 12:10 p.m. tee time featuring Hunter Mahan of Colleyville, Texas, and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland. McDowell, the reigning U.S. Open champion, defeated Mahan in the final singles match in the Ryder Cup to clinch Europe’s 14½ ‐ 13½ victory at Celtic Manor in Wales.

“We’ve got some great pairings, including Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell,” Cross said. “As a golf fan, one of the most compelling moments of 2010 was their final day match up during the Ryder Cup. To have these two paired together for the start of the season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions …well, we couldn’t have scripted it better.”

Other pairings of note include Australia’s Stuart Appleby, who won three straight at the Plantation Course, with Jason Bohn, Acworth, Ga., at 11 a.m.; and Jason Day of Australia playing beside South Africa’s Ernie Els at 12:30 p.m. Els was the FedExCup points leader heading into the 2010 Playoffs for the FedExCup and he holds the tournament record of 31‐under 261 set in 2003.

Starting times for the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions begin 30 minutes earlier than years prior to accommodate a 5 p.m. PST finish (10 p.m. EST). All four rounds will be televised live on Golf Channel.

2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
The Plantation Course at Kapalua
First Round Pairings and Starting Times
Thursday, January 6th, 2011

10:20Arjun AtwalCalcutta, India
Rocco MediateNaples, FL
10:30Bill LundeLas Vegas, NV
Cameron BeckmanSan Antonio, TX
10:40Robert GarrigusScottsdale, AZ
Matt BettencourtGreenville, SC
10:50Derek LamelyFort Myers, FL
Jonathan ByrdSea Island, GA
11:00Stuart ApplebyVictoria, Australia
Jason BohnAcworth, GA
11:10Anthony KimDallas, TX
Heath SlocumAlpharetta, GA
11:20Ian PoulterWoburn, England
Carl PetterssonRaleigh, NC
11:30Ben CraneBeaverton, OR
Bill HaasGreenville, SC
11:40Ryan PalmerAmarillo, TX
Tim ClarkScottsdale, AZ
11:50Camilo VillegasMedellin, Colombia
Bubba WatsonBagdad, FL
12:00Adam ScottQueensland, Australi
Francisco MolinariTurin, Italy
12:10Hunter MahanColleyville, TX
Graeme McDowellPortrush, NIR
12:20Justin RoseLondon, England
Zack JohnsonCedar Rapids, IA
12:30Jason DayBrisbane, Australia
Ernie ElsSouth Africa
12:40Dustin JohnsonMyrtle Beach, NC
Steve StrickerMadison, WI
12:50Matt KucharSt. Simons Island, G
Charley HoffmanLas Vegas, NV
1:00Geoff OgilvyMelbourne, Australia
Jim FurykPonte Vedra Beach, FL

About the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
The first official tournament of the PGA TOUR season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is held at The Kapalua Resort Plantation Course, January 2 ‐ 9, 2011. Featuring champions from the previous year’s season, the 2011 event will feature 12 of the top 20 players in the world rankings.

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions (formerly the SBS Championship and the Mercedes‐Benz Championship) has been held at Kapalua Resort since 1999. Charitable funds raised via the event have totaled nearly $3.5 million and benefitted more than 60 local Maui charities.

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