KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Tournament officials at the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions continued to announce player commitments on the tournament's Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HyundaiTOC) this week as 2011 PGA TOUR winners Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas and Lucas Glover all announced their plans to compete. The 2012 PGA TOUR season kicks off January 5-9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort with this unique winners-only event.
The player making the most headlines this week of the list above is Keegan Bradley, who was recently named 2011 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. Bradley's season included his first career PGA TOUR victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and was later followed by his memorable playoff victory at the PGA Championship in his first start at a major championship. Bradley and fellow recent commitment Brendan Steele partnered to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout last weekend. Steele was also one of six PGA TOUR rookies to win in 2011 with his victory at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
Jhonattan Vegas was another PGA TOUR rookie to win in 2011. Vegas' playoff victory at the Humana Challenge made him the first Venezuela-born player to win on the PGA TOUR and helped him become the first rookie to ever lead the FedExCup standings at any point in the season.
Lucas Glover will bring the experience of three PGA TOUR victories including a U.S. Open and last year's Wells Fargo Championship to Kapalua. His win at Quail Hollow came in dramatic fashion in a playoff over Clemson teammate and 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Jonathan Byrd. Glover will be playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the third time in his career, with his best finish (6th) coming in 2006.
Webb Simpson played as well as any other player on TOUR this year with victories at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Wyndham Championship as well as two other runner-up finishes. Simpson racked up a dozen top-10 finishes and came in 2nd in the FedExCup race. He will be making his first trip to Kapalua in 2012.
Tournament officials have also announced a complimentary shuttle on Sunday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 9, from Whalers Village to the Plantation Course at Kapalua (actual pick-up location will be between Whalers Village and Westin by the benches).
Fans and media are reminded to "Like" the tournament's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC for the latest updates on commitments and a behind-the-scenes look at how the tournament is shaping up.
Tickets for competition rounds Jan. 6-9 are on sale now at www.pgatour.com/Hyundai. Limited spots in the tournament's pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, remain available. Those interested in being a part of the pro-am should contact the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tournament office at 808-665-9160 or toll-free at 888-665-9160 for more information.
Reminders - New to the tournament in 2012:
• The tournament dates for official play for the 2012 event begin with the Pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, continuing with four rounds of professional competition Friday, Jan. 6, through Monday, Jan. 9. The tournament is now scheduled to end on Monday, as opposed to Sunday.
• Thursday's pro-am round will be free to all spectators.
• The tournament will allow all youth 18 years-old and under accompanied by a ticketed adult into the tournament free of charge all week long.
• Military (active duty, retired and reserve) and their dependents will also be permitted onsite for free for the entire week. Military members should bring their military ID to the gate for admission.