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PGA - Hyundai Tournament of Champions Preview
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DATES: Friday, January 6th through Monday, January 9th
SITE: Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore (1991)
PAR: 73
YARDAGE: 7,411
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 520 yds10 - Par 4 354 yds
2 - Par 3 218 yds11 - Par 3 164 yds
3 - Par 4 380 yds12 - Par 4 420 yds
4 - Par 4 382 yds13 - Par 4 407 yds
5 - Par 5 532 yds14 - Par 4 305 yds
6 - Par 4 398 yds15 - Par 5 555 yds
7 - Par 4 516 yds16 - Par 4 365 yds
8 - Par 3 203 yds17 - Par 4 508 yds
9 - Par 5 521 yds18 - Par 5 663 yds
36 3,670 Yds37 3,741 Yds
Annual:  60th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 5:30-10 p.m. (et),
  - Monday -- 4-8 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jonathan Byrd
Runner-Ups:  Robert Garrigus
Tournament Record:  261 (Ernie Els, 2003)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Ernie Els, 2003)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Ernie Els, 2003)
Course Record:  62 (K.J. Choi, 2003; Graeme McDowell, 2011)
Total Purse:  $5,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,120,000; 2nd Place - $635,000; 3rd Place - $412,000
2011 Finish
Jonathan Byrd *268Matt Kuchar274
Robert Garrigus268Ian Poulter274
Graeme McDowell269Bill Haas276
Steve Stricker272Jim Furyk278
Carl Pettersson272Jason Day278
Dustin Johnson278

* - Won in Playoff

Past Hyundai Tournament of Champions Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Jonathan Byrd (268) -- Robert Garrigus
2010Geoff Ogilvy (270) -- Rory Sabbatini
2009Geoff Ogilvy (268) -- Davis Love III, Anthony Kim
2008*Daniel Chopra (274) -- Steve Stricker
2007Vijay Singh (278) -- Adam Scott
2006*Stuart Appleby (284) -- Vijay Singh
2005Stuart Appleby (271) -- Jonathan Kaye
2004Stuart Appleby (270) -- Vijay Singh
2003Ernie Els (261) -- Rocco Mediate, K.J. Choi
2002*Sergio Garcia (274) -- David Toms
2001Jim Furyk (274) -- Rory Sabbatini
2000*Tiger Woods (276) -- Ernie Els
1999David Duval (266) -- Mark O'Meara, Billy Mayfair
1998Phil Mickelson (271) -- Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods
1997*#Tiger Woods (202) -- Tom Lehman
1996Mark O'Meara (271) -- Nick Faldo, Scott Hoch
1995*Steve Elkington (278) -- Bruce Lietzke
1994*Phil Mickelson (276) -- Fred Couples
1993Davis Love III (272) -- Tom Kite
1992*Steve Elkington (279) -- Brad Faxon
1991Tom Kite (272) -- Lanny Wadkins
1990Paul Azinger (272) -- Ian Baker-Finch
1989Steve Jones (279) -- David Frost, Jay Haas
1988#Steve Pate (202) -- Larry Nelson
1987Mac O'Grady (278) -- Rick Fehr
1986Calvin Peete (267) -- Mark O'Meara
1985Tom Kite (275) -- Mark McCumber
1984Tom Watson (274) -- Bruce Lietzke
1983Lanny Wadkins (280) -- Ray Floyd
1982Lanny Wadkins (280) -- Andy Bean, David Graham, Craig Stadler,
Ron Streck
1981Lee Trevino (273) -- Ray Floyd
1980Tom Watson (276) -- Jim Colbert
1979Tom Watson (275) -- Bruce Lietzke, Jerry Pate
1978Gary Player (281) -- Andy North, Lee Trevino
1977*Jack Nicklaus (281) -- Bruce Lietzke
1976Don January (277) -- Hubert Green
1975*Al Geiberger (277) -- Gary Player
1974Johnny Miller (280) -- Bud Allin, John Mahaffey
1973Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Lee Trevino
1972*Bobby Mitchell (280) -- Jack Nicklaus
1971Jack Nicklaus (279) -- Bruce Devlin, Gary Player, Dave Stockton
1970Frank Beard (273) -- Billy Casper, Tony Jacklin, Gary Player
1969Gary Player (284) -- Lee Trevino
1968Don January (276) -- Julius Boros
1967Frank Beard (278) -- Arnold Palmer
1966*Arnold Palmer (277) -- Gay Brewer
1965Arnold Palmer (277) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1964Jack Nicklaus (279) -- Al Geiberger, Doug Sanders
1963Jack Nicklaus (273) -- Tony Lema, Arnold Palmer
1962Arnold Palmer (276) -- Billy Casper
1961Sam Snead (273) -- Tommy Bolt
1960Jerry Barber (268) -- Jay Hebert
1959Mike Souchak (281) -- Art Wall
1958Stan Leonard (275) -- Billy Casper
1957Gene Littler (285) -- Billy Casper, Jimmy Demaret, Dow Finsterwald,
Billy Maxwell
1956Gene Littler (281) -- Cary Middlecoff
1955Gene Littler (280) -- Jerry Barber, Pete Cooper, Bob Toski
1954Art Wall (278) -- Al Besselink, Lloyd Mangrum
1953Al Besselink (280) -- Chandler Harper

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Tournament of Champions (1953-74), MONY Tournament of
Champions (1975-89), Infiniti Tournament of Champions (1990-93), Mercedes Championships (1994-2006), Mercedes-Benz Championship (2007-09), SBS Championship (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Jonathan Byrd---T-6---T-13------T-15------Won
Steve Stricker25th---------------2nd---T-10T-4
Bill Haas---------------------------8th
Ben Crane------T-9---25th------------T-21
Bubba Watson---------------------------T-25
Rory Sabbatini------25th------T-1317th---2nd---
Sean O'Hair------------27th------4thT-4---
Martin Laird------------------------T-4---
Lucas Glover------------6th---------T-14---
Nick Watney------------------T-5---T-16---
Michael Bradley------------------------T-25---
Mark Wilson------------------27th---T-27---
Johnson Wagner---------------------10th------
K.J. Choi---T-2------T-19T-8T-28T-15------
Aaron Baddeley---------------27thT-12---------
David Toms2nd------T-8T-13T-8------------
Keegan Bradley------------------------------
Harrison Frazar------------------------------
Chris Kirk------------------------------
Bryce Molder------------------------------
Kevin Na------------------------------
Scott Piercy------------------------------
D.A. Points------------------------------
Webb Simpson------------------------------
Scott Stallings------------------------------
Brendan Steele------------------------------
Jhonattan Vegas------------------------------
Gary Woodland------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Webb Simpson
Darkhorse - Bryce Molder
Last Week's Pick to Win - Dec 9-11 (Anthony Kim/Webb Simpson) - Finished 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Dec 9-11 (Stewart Cink/Bo Van Pelt) - Finished T-6
The 2012 PGA Tour season begins this week with the first of back-to-back events in Hawaii. First up in the Aloha State is the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which features only winners from the previous season's official events. This tournament kicks off the sixth season of the PGA Tour's FedExCup. The winner of this event will earn 500 points and lead the race for the $10 million FedExCup bonus. Tiger Woods won the FedExCup in 2007 and 2009, Vijay Singh captured the Cup in 2008, Jim Furyk in 2010 and Bill Haas in 2011.

This year, 38 players are eligible for this event, as there were seven multiple winners in 2011. Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Fredrik Jacobson and Charl Schwartzel are skipping this week's event. Of the 28 participants this season, 12 are competing for the first time. Only five players in the field competed in last year's event. Defending champion Jonathan Byrd is the only former champion in the field.

Last year, Byrd parred the second playoff hole to defeat Robert Garrigus and win the season-opening event. The two were on the first hole at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort for the second playoff hole. Both players hit poor second shots with Byrd 53 feet short and Garrigus about 10 feet closer. Byrd nearly holed his long birdie effort, then tapped in for the par to put pressure on Garrigus, who hit a lot of putts past the hole in the final round. He did it again, this time leaving himself with three feet for par to extend the extra session. Garrigus' putt lipped out and Byrd walked off with the victory. It was Byrd's second consecutive playoff victory in as many starts on the PGA Tour. He won Justin Timberlake's event near the end of 2010 when he aced the fourth playoff hole to topple Cameron Percy and Martin Laird. Byrd became the first American to capture this title since Jim Furyk won in 2001.

This event had been won by foreign-born players the previous nine years: Geoff Ogilvy (2009-10), Daniel Chopra (2008), Singh (2007), Stuart Appleby (2004-06), Ernie Els (2003) and Sergio Garcia (2002).

In 2010, Ogilvy fired a six-under 67 in the final round, making key back-to-back birdies to repeat as champion. He was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s (69-66-68-67). Ogilvy held off a hard- charging Rory Sabbatini with birdies at the 14th and 15th holes to earn a one- shot victory at 22-under 270. It was the seventh career PGA Tour win for the Australian. Ogilvy became the first repeat champion since Appleby won his third straight in 2006.

In 2009, after doing most of his damage on the front nine early in the week, Ogilvy scorched the back nine in the final round en route to a six-stroke win over Anthony Kim and Davis Love III. Ogilvy closed with a five-under 68, including a five-under par back nine, to finish the wire-to-wire victory at 24-under-par 268. Ogilvy was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s (67-68-65-68). He became the 10th player to win this event wire-to- wire and first since Steve Pate in 1988.

Chopra beat Steve Stricker in 2008 with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, bringing a thrilling end to the PGA Tour's 2008 season-opener. All the drama ended in Chopra's second career PGA Tour win -- his second victory in three starts, actually, after going more than 130 starts and nearly four seasons without one.

Singh won his 30th PGA Tour title here in 2007 and reached three milestones. He became the 17th player with 30 or more wins in PGA Tour history. The title was also his 18th since turning 40. That broke the PGA Tour record for victories over 40, passing Sam Snead. Singh has since collected four more wins for a total of 34 and 22 since turning 40.

In 2006, Appleby became just the second player to three-peat at this event. Gene Littler accomplished the feat from 1955-57. Appleby is the leader in career earnings at this tournament with $3,525,155 in seven starts.

When he won in 2003, Els blitzed the field, as he shot a tournament- record 261, breaking the previous mark of 266 set by David Duval in 1999. Els also set marks for 36 holes (129) and 54 holes (194).

Littler owns the largest victory margin of 13, when he defeated Jerry Barber and Pete Cooper in 1955. Jack Nicklaus is a five-time winner of this tournament, while Bruce Lietzke has been runner-up four times. Appleby, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Littler are three-time winners. There have been 13 playoffs in the history of the event.

This is the 14th consecutive year in which this event is being held at this site. The Plantation Course unfurls across island canyons, native vegetation and panoramic oceanfront plateaus. A shot-maker's dream, players will find that the use of imagination and feel - along with every club in their bag - is an asset here. Kapalua means "arms embracing the sea." Although the Pacific Ocean is in full view on every tee box, there are no water hazards on the course. Prior to Kapalua, the event was held at La Costa Resort and Spa in California the previous 30 years. The first 16 were played in Las Vegas; 14 at Desert Inn Country Club and two at Stardust Country Club. This is the only course on the PGA Tour which uses a par 73. The Kapalua Resort was previously the site of the Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International from 1982-97.

The first full-field event of the 2012 season will be played on the island of Oahu next week, as the PGA Tour's best battle defending champion Mark Wilson at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

01/03 16:04:54 ET

As of January 3, 2012, at 04:05 PM ET

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