PGA Tour
$5,600,000 Mercedes-Benz Championship Field
Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course)
Par 73 - 7411 Yards
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Jan 8 - Jan 11, 2009
Cameron Beckman
K.J. Choi
Daniel Chopra *
Stewart Cink
Ernie Els
Brian Gay
J.B. Holmes
Ryuji Imada
Trevor Immelman
Dustin Johnson
Richard S. Johnson
Zach Johnson
Anthony Kim
Greg Kraft
Justin Leonard
Davis Love III
Steve Lowery
Will MacKenzie
Parker McLachlin
Sean O'Hair
Geoff Ogilvy
Ryan Palmer
Kenny Perry
Carl Pettersson
Chez Reavie
Andres Romero
Adam Scott
Vijay Singh
D.J. Trahan
Marc Turnesa
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Boo Weekley
* - Defending Champion
The 2009 PGA Tour season begins this week with the first of back-to-back events in Hawaii. First up in the Aloha State is the Mercedes-Benz Championship, which features only winners from the previous season`s official events. This tournament kicks off the third season of the PGA Tour`s FedEx Cup. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington are skipping this week`s event. Last year, Daniel Chopra beat Steve Stricker with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole to win the Mercedes-Benz Championship, bringing a thrilling end to the PGA Tour`s 2008 season-opener. Chopra saw a three-shot lead slip away over the last five holes of regulation as Stricker made a run down the stretch, The first full-field event of the 2009 season will be played on the Island of Oahu next week, as the PGA Tour`s best tackle defending champion K.J. Choi at the Sony Open in Hawaii.