Kuchar, DJ, Haas among latest Kapalua commits


The field for the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions continued to strengthen this week as Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas all confirmed their participation in the event.

Slated to begin January 4 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, the event is open only to PGA Tour winners from the previous season and will mark the beginning of a revamped 2013 Tour schedule.

'It is our pleasure to welcome Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas back to Kapalua for the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions,' said Nancy Cross, the event's executive director. 'These three players are great additions to the field and will bring excitement to Kapalua as we kick off the 2013 FedEx Cup season.'

A four-time winner on Tour, Kuchar gained entry to the winners-only event by virtue of his triumph at The Players in May. Johnson won the Fedex St. Jude Classic in one of his first starts back from injury this summer, while Haas claimed the Northern Trust Open in a playoff over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.

The trio joins a list of confirmed entries for the event that already includes Bradley, Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan and defending champion Steve Stricker.