Hyundai new title sponsor of PGA Tour event at Kapalua
KAPALUA — Hyundai Motor America and Seoul Broadcasting System International announced that Hyundai has become the title sponsor of the PGA Tour’s season-opening tournament at The Plantation Course in Kapalua for the next three years.
As part of this agreement, and commencing with the 2011 tournament, the event is being renamed the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, reintroducing the tournament’s original moniker that highlights the exclusive field of PGA Tour tournament winners from the prior season.
“Hyundai’s title sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s traditional season-opening tournament aligns our brand with world-class athletes who mirror our own competitive drive,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America.
Formerly known as the SBS Championship, this season-opening limited-field event was originally introduced as the Tournament of Champions in 1953 at Desert Inn Country Club in Las Vegas and maintained the Tournament of Champions identity until its title change in 1994.
The Tournament of Champions remained at Desert Inn Country Club until 1967, when it moved to Stardust Country Club.
The “T of C” then moved to La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad, California, in 1969, where it remained until moving to Kapalua in 1999.
“We are delighted to welcome Hyundai to the PGA Tour family,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
“In our discussions, Hyundai expressed interest in continuing its brand momentum throughout the U.S. as well as further strengthening its position in Asia. This title sponsorship will help accomplish these goals.”
After discussions with the PGA Tour and SBS, Hyundai agreed to partner with both as the title sponsor of the event. SBS, the former title sponsor of the event, will continue its involvement with the tournament based on its original ten-year sponsorship agreement announced in May 2009.
Under that agreement, SBS will underpin the tournament through 2019. SBS will have hospitality and other onsite activities.
SBS also will continue to broadcast PGA Tour tournaments in Korea through 2019. SBS has been a broadcast partner of the PGA Tour for more than 15 years.
Two-time defending champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia will look to three-peat at the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday, Jan. 3, through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, with four full-day coverage on the Golf Channel.