The 2016 Hawaii professional golf season begins on January 7, 2016 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 fourth year.
In total, there will be four professional golf tournaments in Hawaii in 2016 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 events of the 2016 Hawaii professional golf season. There's no better place in the world to see the pros play.
Jan. 7-10, 2016
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Winner’s Share $1,140,000
Plantation Course at Kapalua
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Patrick Reed (D)
TV - Golf Channel, NBC
The 2016 PGA tour season kicks off with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the beautiful Plantation Course at Kapalua in West Maui. Qualified golders for the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions include 47 champions of PGA TOUR events from 2015.
Players will compete for a share of the $5.9 million purse. PGA Tour veteran and defending champion Patrick Reed will compete with some of the best professional golfers in the world. Golf Channel will offer extensive live and taped coverage from each round of this season-opening PGA TOUR event. 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. 14-17, 2016
Sony Open in Hawaii
Winner’s Share $1,044,000
Waialae Country Club
Jimmy Walker (D)
TV - Golf Channel
The PGA Tour moves from Maui to Oahu and the beautiful Waialae Country Club for the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii. With a purse of $5.8 million and a winner's share $1,044,000, 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 2016. In 2015 Jimmy Walker shot a 7-under 63 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to win by nine strokes over Scott Piercy. Past champions of this first full-field event for 2016 include Mark Wilson, Ryan Palmer, Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Paul Goydos, David Toms, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.
Jan. 21-23, 2016
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Winner’s Share $309,000
Hualalai Golf Course
Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii Island
Miguel A. Jimenez (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 2016 season.
The tournament features an elite field of the past two seasons' tournament champions and past five years of senior major championship winners.
Miguel A. Jimenez will return to defend his championship and a share of the $1.8 million purse. The winner will receive $309,000.
April 10-16, 2016
LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf
Purse: $1,800 ,000
Winner’s Share $270,000 (2015)
Ko Olina Golf Club
Ko Olina Resort & Marina, Ko Olina, Oahu
Sei Young Kim (D)
TV - Golf Channel
The LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf, which will be at the Ko Olina Golf Club with a Saturday finish on Oahu, will feature a full field of 144 players and 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.
Hawaii’s own Michelle Wie will return home to play in the tournament she won in 2014.
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