Kuchar, Johnson, Haas commit to Hyundai Tournament of ChampionsKIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 07: Matt Kuchar of the United States hits a shot during a practice round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 7, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)December 26, 2012
KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii – Matt Kuchar, winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in 2012 has recently committed to play at the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions at The Plantation Course at Kapalua, January 3-7, 2013. Kuchar is joined by fellow Ryder Cup team member, Dustin Johnson, and 2011 FedExCup Champion Bill Haas.
“It is our pleasure to welcome Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas back to Kapalua for the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions,” said Executive Director Nancy Cross. “These three players are great additions to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions field and will bring excitement to Kapalua as we kick off the 2013 FedExCup season on the PGA TOUR.”
Matt Kuchar got off to a great start at the beginning of his 2012 season. Before his win at THE PLAYERS, he posted three top-10 finishes with his best finish (T3) coming at The Masters. He finished the season with a total of nine top-10s. This will be Kuchar’s third consecutive trip to Kapalua for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he has previously finished in the top 10 both times with his best finish (3rd) coming in 2010.
Dustin Johnson was off to a hot start in 2012 before he had to take nearly three months off due to injury. Before he was sidelined, Johnson recorded three straight top-10 finishes with his best finish (T4) coming at the Northern Trust Open. In his second event back Johnson fired rounds of 67-66 on the weekend to take home the title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to earn a place in this prestigious field. As a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2012, Johnson finished with an impressive 3-0 record in his matches. This will be Johnson's third time playing in Kapalua with his best finish (T9) coming in 2011.
Perhaps one of the most exciting finishes came at the Northern Trust Open where Bill Haas defeated Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in a playoff. Haas rolled in a 43-foot bomb on the second playoff hole to defeat the two U.S. Ryder Cup team members. Haas will tee it up at Kapalua for the third time in his career with his best finish (8th) coming in 2011. He will be looking to get off to a hot start in hopes of making the U.S. Presidents Cup team for 2013.
To start the first competitive round of the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions in style, an Aloha Kick-Off featuring a traditional Hawaiian Blessing will precede the first tee time on Friday, Jan. 4, by approximately 40 minutes.
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Cultural Advisor Clifford Naeole and the cast of Ulalena will perform the blessing. The Aloha Kick-Off will also feature performances by Grammy award winner and slack key guitarist George Kahumoku and Na Hoku award winner vocalist and songwriter Amy Hanaiali’i, who will sing Hawaii Ponoi and the National Anthem.
Tickets are on sale now with savings available online, at the Kapalua Golf Shops, select ABC stores and the as well as statewide Wal-Mart stores. For more info, click here or call 808-665-9160.