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Shotgun Start: Previewing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Jay Busbee
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One of the classy tee markers at the Hyundai TOC / Getty Images

It's tournament time! We kick off the 2012 season, as is always the case, with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. Let's get you prepared for this year's run, shall we?

The course: The Plantation Course at Kapalua, a 7411-yard par-73. The course's most notable hole is "Home," a 663-yard (yes, you read that correctly) par 5, a downhill monster that the best guns can reach in two. It's one of the most magnificent vistas in golf, and a great way to open the season.

The schedule: This is the rare Friday-to-Monday tournament. It'll be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 5:30 to 10 ET Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 4 to 8 ET on Monday.

The field: Comprised of last year's winners — some of them, at any rate — this crew is led by notables like Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley. It's a tournament for golf aficionados, though we can't help wishing there were more "big" names in the field.

The video: Check out this PGA Tour recap of some of the Hyundai's most memorable moments:

Your turn. Who are your picks for this weekend? Swing away!

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