PGA Tour Opens 2013 Season in Hawaii

By Fred Altvater on Thursday, January 3rd 2013
PGA Tour Opens 2013 Season in Hawaii

Steve Stricker will be in the field to defend his title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions held at the Kapalua Resort on beautiful Maui.

Only winners of PGA Tour events from the previous year are invited to play in this no-cut limited field event. The total purse is $6.7 million with $1.1 million going to the winner. 

Golf fans that are snow bound in the Northeastern and Midwestern portions of the continental United States can only watch and dream about being in the sunshine and warm tropical breezes that fill up their televisions.

Although Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson have decided to stay home and not start their 2013 campaigns until later in the year, the Tournament of Champions will have a star studded field.

Thirty golfers will tee it up at the Tournament of Champions this year. Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson are just some of the big names that make up the field.

Fan favorite Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey will be making his first appearance in this event after his win at the McGladrey last fall.

Kyle Stanley and Nick Watney are sporting new clubs and apparel as they have both signed deals with Nike.

Stricker at age 45 will be the oldest golfer in the field and 22-year-old John Huh who won the Mayakoba Open will be the youngest.

The Tournament of Champions will finish on Monday and offers prime time coverage for golf fans.

It can be seen on the Golf Channel both Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM-10:00 PM ET. NBC picks up the coverage on Sunday 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET before switching it back over to the Golf Channel 6:00 PM-10:00 PM ET.

The final round on Monday will be carried on the Golf Channel 4:00 PM-8:00 PM ET.


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