Field shaping up for 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
KAPALUA – Just two weeks remain before the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicks off on The Plantation Course at Kapalua, and the field is shaping up quickly.
Three of the game’s biggest names will be starting 2014 in West Maui, including Zach Johnson, Adam Scott and Webb Simpson.
Each player won an official PGA Tour event during the 2013 calendar year to qualify for the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
With a career total of ten PGA Tour wins, Johnson’s recent success came at the 2013 BMW Championship.
Johnson is excited to kick off 2014 against a prestigious field.
“It obviously gets the year off to a really good start. To win with a really strong field, it means a lot. I think Hyundai does a great job with their event. I love coming over to Hawaii and playing in the golf tournament,” he said in a recent interview.
Scott made history in April when he became the first Australian to win The Masters Tournament.
He won his major in dramatic fashion with a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera.
Scott enjoyed additional success late in 2013 with another victory at the first FedExCup Playoffs event, The Barclays. He returned home to Australia, where he won the Australian PGA Championship and the Talisker Master, finished second to Rory McIlroy at the Emirates Australian Open, and placed third at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, where he and teammate Jason Day won the team competition.
The 2011 U.S. Open winner, Simpson recently picked up his fourth PGA Tour career victory at the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
This will be Simpson’s third consecutive year playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions; his best finish was equal third in 2013.
Johnson is looking forward to competing in this unique PGA Tour competition and spending time on Maui.
“It’s a special tournament, because it’s only winners that get in. You have to have won an event to get into it, so I think that makes it special,” he said.
“Being in Hawaii, I think, makes it special as well. It’s a special place to go. From the first time I went, I’ve really just enjoyed it, loved it.”
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from Jan. 2-6, 2014. For tickets and tournament information, visit PGATOUR.com/Hyundai.
All four competitive rounds of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will be broadcast on the Golf Channel.
Follow the tournament at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament preparations.