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Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - KAPALUA, MAUI

2016 HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
PLANTATION COURSE - KAPALUA, MAUI

I love attending the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Golf Tournament on Maui each year.  We always go up a day early to attend the Pro-Am where the players are relaxed and very accessible.  This year however they moved the Pro-Am up a day and I booked our rooms at the Ritz-Carlton and flights for the wrong day.  We missed the Pro-Am and the opportunity to get dozens of autographs and photographs from the greatest golfers in the world.  Not to worry.  We came up with a strategy and were able to get most of our items signed.  In fact, my friend got everything he brought signed.  Just took a little more time and dedication because we had to obtain the autographs at the hotel or during game day.  We did it and it was quite fun.  The Plantation Course at Kapalua is a monster.  Huge hills and long walks.  It is a workout to walk this course.  There are only a few beer gardens on the course and they do not allow you to walk the course with alcohol.  This means when you want a beer you need to stay within the roped areas which are sometimes without seating and shade.  Great to see Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Ricky Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Danny Lee and others staying and signing autographs for everyone.  Dogs like Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson and even Bubba dug out without signing.  I have met Bubba Watson twice and both times he has signed everything and posed for photos.  Nothing to say bad about Bubba.  Just amazes me that many players finish their round and ignore the dozens of fans lining up for autographs.  Spieth, Day and Fowler made it a point to sign for all!

MANY PLAYERS AND THE MEDIA STAY AT THE RITZ-CARLTON KAPALUA
LOBBY OF RITZ-CARLTON KAPALUA IS A GREAT PLACE TO MEET THE GREATEST
GOLFERS IN THE WORLD.  HERE BLOG AUTHOR HAS RICKY FOLWER SIGN A FEW ITEMS.
20 TIME PGA WINNER DAVIS LOVE III WAS AN AMAZING GENTLEMEN AND JUST GREAT PERSON
BILL HAAS WAS HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE WITH HIS SON ON MAUI
FRANK NABILO FROM GOLF CHANNEL WAS ALL SMILES ON MAUI.  GREAT GUY!
ZACH JOHNSON WAS ELUSIVE AND NOT TOO FAN FRIENDLY
BUBBA WATSON ALWAYS A BIG CROWD FAVORITE
RICKY FOWLER SPORTED HIGH TOP GOLF SHOES AND JOGGERS
JASON DAY IMPRESSED ME WITH HIS GREAT ATTITUDE TOWARDS FANS
WORLD #1 GOLFER JORDAN SPIETH ALWAYS A GENTLEMEN
A GREAT COUPLE DAYS IN KAPALUA
PATRICK REED IN GREEN ON LEFT AND JORDAN SPIETH WITH WHITE HAT READY TO PUTT
JIMMY WALKER STAYED AND SIGNED EVERY ITEM FOR ALL FANS
JB HOLMES SIGNED EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE
GOT MY ITEMS SIGNED BY SPIETH, DAY AND FOWLER!
NICE RICKY FOWLER AUTOGRAPH

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