It is the start of a new calendar year and for those of us on the east coast, the long and cold grind to spring has begun. Golf fans are pretending it is not too cold to do everything. Golfers are finding new and innovative ways to get their tees into the frozen tundra that is now the tee box, Dads are taking that new driver they got for Christmas out to the nearest field with a bucket of orange balls and weekends will once again be dedicated to watching the leader boards in warm weather locations. The 2013 golf season kicks off this week and we are going to take a look at the tournaments scheduled to be played in the month of January.
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is played at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii. This tournament has a winner-only format as only the previous year’s PGA tour champions are invited to play. This year the weather plagued tournament will have a field of 30 players take on a modified 54 holes with no cuts. The Tournament of Champions features a $5.6 million purse with $1.12 million going to the winner.
The second tournament in January is the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii and takes place from January 10th to January 13th. This event features 144 golfers from around the world and has also become the largest charitable event in Hawaii. The charitable proceeds from the event annually top the $1 million mark and benefit over 150 not-for-profit charitable organizations.
The year’s third PGA tournament is the Humana Challenge played on three different courses over four days from January 17th to January 20th. The La Quinta Country Club, Nicklaus Private PGA WEST and Palmer Private at PGA WEST challenge the field of 156 golfers, both professional and amateur, with Palmer course acting as the host. Each pro will play with an amateur the first three days and the last day the low 70 professionals go to battle for the tournament win. This tournament is hosted by Desert Classic Charities, which in 2012 announced record donations of over $2 million to local charities.
The last full tournament to be played in January is the Farmers Insurance Open, held from January 24th to January 27th at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, California. This year the field will be 156 golfers playing the Torrey Pines North and South courses on the tournament’s first two days. After the Friday round, the field is cut to the lowest 70 scores and ties and the last two rounds are played on the South course. The tournament will feature a $6.1 million purse with just over $1 million going to the event champion.
Nothing will warm up your heart, mind and soul like a brand new PGA season set among some of the most beautiful and tropical backgrounds we will see all year. Enjoy!