Good morning (or afternoon on the east coast)! It’s another beautiful day in Kapalua — 77 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the sky (the picture above is from October). Shocking, I know. Well, the pairings and starting times for next week’s first round (Thursday, January 6) of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua’s Plantation Course are set. See, I told you it’s a great field!
10:20 Arjun Atwal, Rocco Mediate
10:30 Bill Lunde, Cameron Beckman
10:40 Robert Garrigus, Matt Bettencourt
10:50 Derek Lamely, Jonathan Byrd
11:00 Stuart Appleby, Jason Bohn
11:10 Anthony Kim, Heath Slocum
11:20 Ian Poulter, Carl Pettersson
11:30 Ben Crane, Bill Haas
11:40 Ryan Palmer, Tim Clark
11:50 Camilo Villegas, Bubba Watson
12:00 Adam Scott, Francesco Molinari
12:10 Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell
12:20 Justin Rose, Zach Johnson
12:30 Jason Day, Ernie Els
12:40 Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker
12:50 Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman
1:00 Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk
How about that Mahan/McDowell pairing? Ryder Cup rematch! Except it’s not match play. Minor details.
It’s going to be a super fun week. I almost feel bad for the 2010 champions missing from the field. That means you, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer!