Hyundai Tournament of Champions

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Tournament information
Location Kapalua, Hawaii
Established 1953
Course(s) Kapalua Resort
Plantation Course
Par 73
Length 7,411 yards (6,777 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $5,700,000
Month played January
Tournament record score
Aggregate 261 Ernie Els (2003)
To par −31* Ernie Els (2003)
* PGA Tour record
Current champion
United States Patrick Reed
Kapalua Resort is located in Hawaii
Kapalua Resort
Kapalua Resort
Location in the United States

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the calendar-year opening tournament of golf's PGA Tour season.[1] Founded as the Tournament of Champions in 1953, the field is restricted to golfers who won a tournament on the tour during the previous season.[2] Prior to 2013, when the PGA switched to an October–September season, the tournament was the opening event of the PGA Tour.


The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is held during the first week of January and, since 1999, has been played over the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort near Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Unlike most PGA Tour events, it is a par 73 course.

Previous venues have been the Desert Inn Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, from the event's inception until 1966, and the Stardust Country Club, also in Las Vegas, in 1967 and 1968. For the following thirty years, it was played at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California, after which it moved to its current location in Hawaii.

The tournament has had several title sponsors, the first being Mutual of New York (MONY) between 1975 and 1990. After three years of sponsorship by Infiniti, German car maker Mercedes-Benz began a sixteen-year association with the event and the Tournament of Champions name was dropped. In 2010 the tournament entered a new ten-year agreement with Korean broadcasting company Seoul Broadcasting System, with the tournament being renamed as the SBS Championship.[2] Hyundai took over title sponsorship in 2011 with SBS remaining a sponsor.[3]

Starting in 2012, the tournament is a four-day Friday–Monday format. The format allows the tournament to have its own day to finish, and not compete against the second day of the NFL Wild Card Playoff round, one of two PGA Tour FedEx Cup events (the Deutsche Bank Championship the other) to use the Friday-Monday format.


While being played at LaCosta, the weekend rounds were traditionally televised by ABC Sports. However, after moving to Hawai'i in 1999, the time difference was not conducive to network television. The event moved to ABC's cable partner ESPN for four-round coverage. In 2007, the event moved to four-round coverage on the Golf Channel. In 2012, NBC Sports began showing weekend play, while also producing the new Monday final round for sister network Golf Channel.


Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($)
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2015 Patrick Reed  United States 271PO −21 1,140,000
2014 Zach Johnson  United States 273 −19 1,140,000
2013 Dustin Johnson  United States 203 −16 1,140,000
2012 Steve Stricker  United States 269 −23 1,120,000
2011 Jonathan Byrd  United States 268PO −24 1,120,000
SBS Championship
2010 Geoff Ogilvy (2)  Australia 270 −22 1,120,000
Mercedes-Benz Championship
2009 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 268 −24 1,120,000
2008 Daniel Chopra  Sweden 274PO −18 1,100,000
2007 Vijay Singh  Fiji 278 −14 1,100,000
Mercedes Championships
2006 Stuart Appleby (3)  Australia 284PO −8 1,080,000
2005 Stuart Appleby (2)  Australia 271 −21 1,060,000
2004 Stuart Appleby  Australia 270 −22 1,060,000
2003 Ernie Els  South Africa 261 −31 1,000,000
2002 Sergio García  Spain 274PO −18 720,000
2001 Jim Furyk  United States 274 −18 630,000
2000 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 276PO −16 522,000
1999 David Duval  United States 266 −26 468,000
1998 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 271 −17 306,000
1997 Tiger Woods  United States 202PO −14 216,000
1996 Mark O'Meara  United States 271 −17 180,000
1995 Steve Elkington (2)  Australia 278PO −10 180,000
1994 Phil Mickelson  United States 276PO −12 180,000
Infiniti Tournament of Champions
1993 Davis Love III  United States 272 −16 144,000
1992 Steve Elkington  Australia 279PO −9 144,000
1991 Tom Kite (2)  United States 272 −16 144,000
MONY Tournament of Champions
1990 Paul Azinger  United States 272 −16 135,000
1989 Steve Jones  United States 279 −9 135,000
1988 Steve Pate  United States 202 −14 90,000
1987 Mac O'Grady  United States 278 −10 90,000
1986 Calvin Peete  United States 267 −21 90,000
1985 Tom Kite  United States 275 −13 72,000
1984 Tom Watson (3)  United States 274 −14 72,000
1983 Lanny Wadkins (2)  United States 280 −8 72,000
1982 Lanny Wadkins  United States 280 −8 63,000
1981 Lee Trevino  United States 273 −15 54,000
1980 Tom Watson (2)  United States 276 −12 54,000
1979 Tom Watson  United States 275 −13 54,000
1978 Gary Player (2)  South Africa 281 −7 45,000
1977 Jack Nicklaus (5)  United States 281PO −7 45,000
1976 Don January  United States 277 −11 45,000
1975 Al Geiberger  United States 277PO −11 40,000
Tournament of Champions
1974 Johnny Miller  United States 280 −8 40,000
1973 Jack Nicklaus (4)  United States 276 −12 40,000
1972 Bobby Mitchell  United States 280PO −8 33,000
1971 Jack Nicklaus (3)  United States 279 −9 33,000
1970 Frank Beard  United States 273 −15 30,000
1969 Gary Player  South Africa 284 −4 30,000
1968 Don January  United States 276 −8 30,000
1967 Frank Beard  United States 278 −6 20,000
1966 Arnold Palmer (3)  United States 283PO −5 20,000
1965 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 277 −11 14,000
1964 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States 279 −9 12,000
1963 Jack Nicklaus  United States 273 −15 13,000
1962 Arnold Palmer  United States 276 −12 11,000
1961 Sam Snead  United States 273 −15 10,000
1960 Jerry Barber  United States 268 −20 10,000
1959 Mike Souchak  United States 281 −7 10,000
1958 Stan Leonard  Canada 275 −13 10,000
1957 Gene Littler (3)  United States 285 −3 10,000
1956 Gene Littler (2)  United States 281 −7 10,000
1955 Gene Littler  United States 280 −8 10,000
1954 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 278 −10 10,000
1953 Al Besselink  United States 280 −8 10,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
PO - won in playoff

Multiple winners[edit]

Fourteen men have won the tournament more than once through 2014.

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1953: Al Besselink wins the inaugural Tournament of Champions (TOC) by one shot over Chandler Harper.[4]
  • 1955: Gene Littler is victorious at the TOC for the first time. He wins by 13 shots over Pete Cooper, Jerry Barber, and Bob Toski.[5]
  • 1957: For the third consecutive year, Gene Littler is victorious at the TOC. He finishes three shots ahead of Billy Casper, Jimmy Demaret, Dow Finsterwald, and Billy Maxwell.[6]
  • 1959: Mike Souchak wins by two shots over Art Wall, Jr. in spite of his shooting a final round 77.[7]
  • 1960: Jerry Barber shoots 268, a TOC tournament mark for its time in Las Vegas. He beats Jay Hebert by four shots.[8]
  • 1962: Arnold Palmer earns his first TOC title. He birdies the 72nd hole to finish one shot ahead of Billy Casper.[9]
  • 1963: Jack Nicklaus wins the TOC for the first time. He finishes five shots ahead of Tony Lema and Arnold Palmer.[10]
  • 1966: Arnold Palmer successfully defends his TOC title by defeating Gay Brewer 69 to 73 in an 18 hole playoff. For Brewer, it's his second 18 hole playoff loss in a week. In the tournament prior to the TOC, The 1966 Masters Tournament, Brewer was defeated by Jack Nicklaus.[11]
  • 1967: Frank Beard prevents Arnold Palmer from winning a third straight TOC. He holes a seven-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Palmer.[12]
  • 1969: Gary Player wins in the United States for the first time since his 1965 U.S. Open triumph. He finishes two shots ahead of Lee Trevino.[13]
  • 1972: Bobby Mitchell wins the TOC after he sinks a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Jack Nicklaus[14]
  • 1973: Jack Nicklaus wins the TOC for a fourth time. He beats Lee Trevino by one shot.[15]
  • 1977: Jack Nicklaus collects his fifth and final TOC title. He birdies the third hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Bruce Lietzke.[16]
  • 1978: Just like the week previous at Masters, Gary Player comes back from seven shots behind to win. He finishes two shots ahead of Andy North and Lee Trevino.[17]
  • 1979: Tom Watson wins by three shots over Jim Colbert. The original margin of victory was five shots but Watson was penalized two shots by tour officials after he was overheard giving advice to his playing partner Lee Trevino.[18]
  • 1981: Lee Trevino earns his first PGA Tour victory in California. He beats Raymond Floyd by two shots.[19]
  • 1982: Ron Streck comes to the 72nd hole tied with Lanny Wadkins but three putts to seemingly lose by one shot. After play is finished, Streck is assessed a two-shot penalty for moving a tree branch in his face on the 70th hole. The penalty drops Streck into a four-way tie for second along with Andy Bean, David Graham, and Craig Stadler and costs him over $14,000 in prize money.[20]
  • 1985: Tom Kite shoots a first round 64 on his way to a six shot triumph over Mark McCumber.[21]
  • 1986: Calvin Peete shoots a new tournament 72 hole scoring record, 267. He finishes six shots ahead of Mark O'Meara.[22]
  • 1991: Tom Kite wins the TOC for a second time when Lanny Wadkins three putts the 71st hole from just eighteen feet.[23]
  • 1995: Steve Elkington birdies the second hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Bruce Lietzke.[24] During the tournament's final round, third round leader John Huston putted a ball into a lake.[25]
  • 1997: Tiger Woods, who would eventually go on to winning PGA Player of the Year for 1997, birdies the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Tom Lehman.[26]
  • 1999: David Duval wins the first edition of the tournament played in Hawaii. He finishes nine shots ahead of Mark O'Meara and Billy Mayfair.[27]
  • 2000: Tiger Woods wins his fifth consecutive PGA Tour event. He sinks a forty-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to beat Ernie Els.[28]
  • 2003: Ernie Els shoots a tournament record 261 on his way to an eight-shot victory over Rocco Mediate and K. J. Choi.[29]
  • 2006: Stuart Appleby defeats Vijay Singh on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. In doing so, Appleby joins Gene Littler as the only golfer to win the tournament three consecutive years.[30]
  • 2010: Geoff Ogilvy successfully defends his tournament title. He finishes one shot ahead of Rory Sabbatini.[31]


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Coordinates: 21°00′05″N 156°39′15″W / 21.00139°N 156.65417°W / 21.00139; -156.65417