You Oughta Know: 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions


KAPALUA, Hawaii – Here is everything You Oughta Know prior to the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions:

• After 54 holes, there is a trio of players tied for the lead. Defending champion Dustin Johnson is seeking his ninth career PGA Tour win; Webb Simpson is going after his fifth; and Jordan Spieth is attempting to claim his second.

• Johnson is seeking to become the third player to successfully defend his title since the tournament moved to Kapalua in 1999. Previously, Stuart Appleby (2005 and 2006) and Geoff Ogilvy (2010) were the only repeat champions.

• Johnson has held or shared the 54-hole lead in a 72-hole event on four previous occasions, parlaying two of those into victories. He’s also won three tournaments that were reduced to 54 holes.

• Johnson is trying to become the first multiple winner of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. He previously won the WGC-HSBC Champions.

• Simpson is one of three players under the age of 30 (along with Johnson and Rory McIlroy) who owns at least four career wins. A victory on Sunday would put him just one behind McIlroy.

• Simpson has previously held the 54-hole lead on five separate occasions, winning two of those – the 2011 Wyndham Championship and the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

• Spieth is the youngest competitor in Hyundai Tournament of Champions history. If the 20-year-old wins, he would, of course, become the youngest winner, eclipsing Tiger Woods, who was 21 when he won in 1997.

• Spieth is seeking his second career victory in just his 25th professional start on the PGA Tour. He won last year’s John Deere Classic.

Zach Johnson will enter the final round just two strokes behind the tri-leaders. Gary Woodland, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Streelman are each one stroke further back.