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Monday 5 December 2016

World's top stars get back in swing on Maui

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

Golfer Padraig Harrington arrives to BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the Titanic Belfast. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Golfer Padraig Harrington arrives to BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the Titanic Belfast. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Surf's up. After an absence of almost seven weeks, excluding a couple of December exhibitions, the PGA Tour returns for the first tournament of the year on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

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The Hyundai Tournament of Champions features the majority of PGA Tour winners of 2015, including Major winners Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Jason Day, as well as Ireland's Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell.

The only rock star absentee in the 32-man field is Rory McIlroy, who starts his season in a fortnight in Abu Dhabi.

Spieth is last out today with his Ryder Cup playing partner Patrick Reed. Spieth's arrival in the northern Pacific has already proved valuable for the Hawaii tourist office, with pictures circulating of the entire Texan's clan at the beach.

The European Tour is in South Africa for the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni at Glendower GC.

Last year's champion Andy Sullivan of England is back to defend the title, which was his maiden success on the Tour. Sullivan went on to claim two more victories in 2015.

Rookie pro Paul Dunne is the only Irishman competing in the tournament. He faced an early 6.30am tee time (4.30am Irish time).

BMW SA Open

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions

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