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Mercedes Championships is the Exclusive Winners-Only Format on the PGA TOUR
May 4, 2000

KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii -- "This Month at the Mercedes Championships" features news from Kapalua's Plantation Course and the PGA TOUR's Mercedes Championships:

Mercedes Championships is the Exclusive Winners-Only Format on the PGA TOUR

For many years, a victory on the PGA TOUR insured the winner entry into both the Masters Tournament and the Mercedes Championships. However, after the landmark decision by the Masters to eliminate this qualification, the Mercedes Championships is now the only event on the PGA TOUR where winning an official PGA TOUR event automatically guarantees entry into the field.

Kapalua's Plantation Course Ranks in Golfweek's Top 100

Kapalua's Plantation Golf Course was recently named as one of Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses. Golfweek's national panel of course raters compiled the 2000 list, published in the March 13 issue. A dozen architectural elements were considered including fitness of the golf course with the natural and cultural surroundings, overall land plan, condition and strategic flexibility of layout.

Sutton Wins Again; Singh, Cink and Allenby Qualify for 2001 Mercedes Championships

Vijay Singh (Masters), Stewart Cink (MCI Classic) and Robert Allenby (Shell Houston Open) qualified for the 2001 Mercedes Championships with victories this month. Meanwhile, PLAYERS Championship winner Hal Sutton earned his second win of the year at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. The field for the 2001 Mercedes Championships now boasts eight of the world's top 14 players.

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