The Pacific Links Hawaii Championship golf tournament in Kapolei will feature eight World Golf Hall of Fame members.
The Champions Tour is for golfers 50 years of age or older. With that in mind, everybody is talking about the new kid on the block.
“I registered with Vijay, and I go ‘What? What? You’ve won $53 million on the regular tour, and now you’re going to come out here at pound these guys?’ Champions Tour Member Gary McCord said.
“He’s picking on the old fellas?” KHON2 asked.
“He’s picking on the old fellas,” McCord said.
Anyone who attends the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship will see Vijay Singh’s first-ever Champions Tour start.
“The new superstars are coming out. Hall of Fame guys, they are still playing really well on that tour, and they come out here. And Vijay, literally, if you had to handicap it, Vijay would have to give me three shots a side,” McCord said.
This is the second year Kapolei has played host to the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship and the pros are pleased with what they’re seeing.
“This year with that tournament under their belt and a full year to prepare, it’s so much better. It’s not even funny,” Champions Tour Member Tom Kite said.
Kite is one of the eight Hall of Famers in the field. For another member of the hall, it’s been a while since competing in Hawaii.
“I’ve played here quite a few times in the late 80s over in Kapalua and enjoyed it very much. It’s good to get back to some good basic golf courses, play a little bit of wind just like the links in Scotland,” Champions Tour member Sandy Lyle said.
But it’s a lot warmer.
On Thursday, there were two Pro-ams, which Lyle says, he enjoys.
“I personally do because you get to meet a whole new bunch of new, different people from different sports to business people to business people around the world,” Lyle said.
Proceeds from the golf tournament go to the Pacific Links Foundation, a non-profit that benefits the people of West Oahu.
For more info on the tournament, visit this website.