The world’s number two ranked player, and 2013 Master’s Champion, Adam Scott leads a field of 30 players ready to tee it up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday morning. He will be joined by 13 new first time winners from the 2013 season at the Kapalua Plantation Golf Course, including four winners from the wrap around schedule which began back in October.
If you haven’t taken time to vote for who will pair up with the 2013 TOC champion, Dustin Johnson in the first round on Friday, you can still cast your vote at the Social Hub at PGATour.com until midnight tonight. Johnson’s playing partner will be announced on New Years Day. The candidates are Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, 2012 FedEx Cup Champ, Brandt Snedeker.
The Plantation Course at Kapalua is a beautiful layout on the West Coast of Maui and has some of the most breath-taking views on the planet. The course was opened in 1991, and designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The 7452 yard layout plays to a par of 73 for the pros. Ernie Els set the 72 hole record in 2003 at 261, and two players share the 18 hole record of 62. K.J. Choi set the record during the third round in 2003, and Graeme McDowell in 2011.
The 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions was delayed by three days due to high winds, and shortened to three rounds. Dustin Johnson shot a second round 66 which vaulted him into a three-shot lead going into the final round.
His lead seemed almost insurmountable until he made a double bogey late in the round, and let Steve Stricker get within one shot. Johnson blasted driver at the par-4 14th that rolled off the front of the green – then chipped in for eagle to restore a three-shot cushion.
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions could see its youngest winner since Sergio Garcia’s 2002 victory came three days before turning 22. Five entrants this week are under age 25 – Spieth (20), Patrick Reed (23), Derek Ernst (23), Russell Henley (24) and English (24).
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions will kick off a busy January for professional golf. With the season no longer beginning here, professionals who haven’t played since October will find themselves behind the eight-ball with FedEx Cup standings. Although the TOC will award the winner 500 points, the winner here may not leave Maui with the points lead.
|Austin, Woody||Bae, Sang-Moon||Blixt, Jonas|
|Brown, Scott||Dufner, Jason||Duke, Ken|
|English, Harris||Ernst, Derek||Gay, Brian|
|Haas, Bill||Henley, Russell||Horschel, Billy|
|Johnson, Dustin||Johnson, Zach||Kirk, Chris|
|Kuchar, Matt||Laird, Martin||Merrick, John|
|Moore, Ryan||Points, D.A.||Reed, Patrick|
|Scott, Adam||Simpson, Webb||Snedeker, Brandt|
|Spieth, Jordan||Streelman, Kevin||Thompson, Michael|
|Walker, Jimmy||Weekley, Boo||Woodland, Gary|
The TV Schedule:
TELEVISION: Friday, 5:30-10 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 2:30-7 p.m. (GC). Sunday, 3-4 p.m. (NBC), 4-10 p.m. (GC). Monday, 4-8 p.m. (GC).
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