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    • Early 2014 winners lock up spots for 2015 Hyundai TOC

    • Zach Johnson's victory at Kapalua netted him a return trip to Hawaii. (Greenwood/Getty Images) Zach Johnson's victory at Kapalua netted him a return trip to Hawaii. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

    KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii – On the heels of another successful Hyundai Tournament of Champions, four champions have already secured their spots for the 2015 event. Zach Johnson will have the opportunity to defend his 2014 title, and fellow 2014 winners Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii), Patrick Reed (Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation) and Scott Stallings (Farmers Insurance Open) will have the chance to join him. With their victories, each player has earned a spot in the winners-only event, set to return to Kapalua in January 2015.

    Johnson won his 11th career PGA TOUR event at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions with his 19-under 273 total. Johnson posted 22 birdies on his way to victory, including four on the back nine during the final round, which helped him to a one-stroke victory. This was Johnson’s second top-10 finish in seven starts at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the eighth time in eleven years on the PGA TOUR that Johnson has qualified for the winners-only event.

    Walker went seven years and 187 starts on the PGA TOUR without a victory, but picked up 20 top-10 finishes during that time. He earned five top-10 finishes during the 2013 season, but it wasn’t until October when the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season kicked off in California that Walker found his way to the winner’s circle at the Frys.com Open. In January, Walker picked up his second win in his sixth start of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii to regain his lead in the FedExCup race.

    In his rookie season on TOUR, Reed finished in the top 10 five times, including a win at the 2013 Wyndham Championship. Reed went on to finish his 2013 season by making the FedExCup Playoffs and continuing to the third event, the BMW Championship. Reed became the third player under the age 25 with multiple wins on TOUR after his victory at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. He became the first player in TOUR history to open with three rounds of 63 or better, setting a TOUR 54-hole record in the process.

    With his third career PGA TOUR victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, Stallings moved from No. 112 to No. 53 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Stallings rallied back from a three-shot deficit heading into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to overcome a crowded leaderboard and emerge with a one-shot victory. Stallings’ previous victories came at The Greenbrier Classic in 2011 and the True South Classic in 2012.

    The Hyundai Tournament of Champions Official Pro-Am is taking place from January 7-8, 2015, and is the only pro-am on the PGA TOUR that guarantees participants will be paired with a tournament winner. In addition to the rare opportunity to play with PGA TOUR stars, participants will also play both courses at one of the most famous stops on TOUR. For more information please contact Nancy Cross at (808) 665-9160 or nancycross@pgatourhq.com.

    The 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from January 8-12. All four competitive rounds will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Follow the tournament on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament preparations.

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