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Hawaii Professional Golf Season

PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour Events in 2013

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The 2013 Hawaii professional golf season begins on January 4, 2013 with the first round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions and concludes in April with the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf which will be celebrating its second year.

In total, there will be five professional golf tournaments in Hawaii in 2013 involving all three major professional tours and taking place on three of Hawaii's islands.

Let's take a closer look at where you can see the world's top professional golfers compete in the opening events of the 2012 Hawaii professional golf season.

PGA Tour

Jan. 4-7, 2013
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Purse: $5,700,000
Plantation Course at Kapalua
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Steve Stricker (D)
TV - Golf Channel, NBC

The 2013 PGA tour season kicks off with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the beautiful Plantation Course at Kapalua in West Maui. The field for the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions will include 30 champions of PGA TOUR events from 2012. Players will compete for a share of the $5.7 million purse. PGA Tour veteran and defending champion Steve Stricker will compete with some of the best professional golfers in the world. Golf Channel will offer 17 hours of prime-time live coverage from each round of this season-opening PGA TOUR event. This year, the NBC network will carry three hours live on Sunday afternoon, eastern time. Military (active duty, retired and reserve) and their dependents will be permitted onsite for free for the entire week. Military members should bring their military ID to the gate for admission.

Jan. 10-13, 2013
Sony Open in Hawaii
Purse: $5,600,000
Waialae Country Club
Honolulu, Hawaii
Johnson Wagner (D)
TV - Golf Channel

The PGA Tour moves from Maui to Oahu and the beautiful Waialae Country Club for the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii. With a purse of $5.6 million and a winner's share of $990 thousand, you can be sure that many of the top players will stick around in Hawaii and be joined by other tour members in this first full field event of 2013. In 2012 Johnson Wagner shot a 3-under 67 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to win by two strokes over Carl Pettersson and Sean O'Hair. Past champions of this first full-field event for 2013 include Mark Wilson, Ryan Palmer, Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Paul Goydos, David Toms, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.

Champions Tour

Jan. 18-20, 2013
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Purse: $1,800,000
Hualalai Golf Course
Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii Island
Dan Forsman (D)
TV - Golf Channel

The Champions Tour comes to the Big Island of Hawaii for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Ka'upulehu-Kona. This is the first event of the Champions Tour 2013 season. The tournament features an elite field of the past two seasons' tournament champions and past five years of senior major championship winners. Dan Forsman will return to defend his championship and a share of the $1.8 million purse. The winner will receive $307,000.

Sep. 20-22, 2013
Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship
Purse: $1,800,000
Kapolei Golf Course
Kapolei, Oahu
Willie Wood (D)
TV - Golf Channel

This second-year event, with title sponsor Pacific Links Hawaii, was announced in April 2012 and took place last year and this at the Kapolei Golf Course. In 2014, the tournament is expected to move to the Makaha West Golf Course which is being redesigned by golf legend Greg Norman. Norman is expected to lead the field of 81 Champions Tour players for the event.

LPGA Tour

April 17-20, 201
LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf
Purse: $1,700 ,000
Ko Olina Golf Club
Ko Olina Resort & Marina, Ko Olina, Oahu Ai Miyazato (D)
TV - Golf Channel

For just the second time in recent years, the LPGA will be returning to Hawaii in 2013. The LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf, which will be played in May 2013 (on dates to be announced) at the Ko Olina Golf Club with a Saturday finish on Oahu, will feature a full field of 144 players. The LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf will be televised by Golf Channel. LOTTE, which is already well recognized as one of the most active golf sponsors of Korea, has achieved successful marketing in Asia through the LOTTE Mart KLPGA Open, the LOTTE Cantata KLPGA Open, the LOTTE Mart Women’s Golf Team and the LOTTE Card Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament. J Golf, the LPGA’s television rights holder in Korea, will serve as presenting sponsor of the event. J Golf is distributed to 8 million homes in Korea.

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