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Woods Continues Red-hot Summer
Sept. 2, 1999

KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii -- "This Month at the Mercedes Championships" features news from Kapalua's Plantation Course and the 2000 Mercedes Championships, Jan. 6-9:

Woods Continues Red-hot Summer

Solidifying his spot as one of the favorites to win the 2000 Mercedes Championships at Kapalua's Plantation Course, Tiger Woods roared through the dog days of summer, opening the month of August with a win at the PGA Championship and closing it with a win at the NEC Invitational. The NEC victory, Woods' fifth in his last eight tournaments, earned the 1997 Mercedes Championships winner a career-high $1 million and pushed his 1999 earnings to a record $4,266,585. At 23, he becomes the youngest player to win five times in one season since Jack Nicklaus won the Sahara Invitational in 1963 at the same age. He also is the first player since Nick Price in 1994 to win five tournaments in a year. Also in August, Tom Pernice Jr. (Buick Open) and Notah Begay III (Reno-Tahoe Open) scored their first career PGA TOUR victories and David Toms (Sprint Invitational) won his second, joining Brent Geiberger (Canon Greater Hartford Open) on the invitation list for the 2000 Mercedes Championships. Woods secured his invitation with earlier victories.

Geiberger Keeps Winning in the Family

Brent Geiberger, son of 11-time PGA TOUR winner Al Geiberger, won his first career PGA TOUR event in August with a victory at the Canon Greater Hartford Open, qualifying for the 2000 Mercedes Championships at Kapalua. Brent has a lot to live up to on the links. Father Al, a 10-time winner on the SENIOR PGA TOUR also was the first player to shoot 59 in PGA TOUR history. Brent's brother, John, coached Pepperdine University to the 1997 NCAA Championship.

Travel & Leisure readers applaud Maui and Hotels at Kapalua

Visitors to the 2000 Mercedes Championships and the Kapalua resort area will enjoy some of the best vacation spots in the world. Travel & Leisure Magazine unveils the results of its fourth annual World's Best Awards readers' survey in its September edition, with Maui named "World's Best Island" and The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua earning recognition as Hawaii's "Best Hotel" and third best hotel worldwide. Joining The Ritz-Carlton on the list of Hawaii's top hotels are The Kapalua Bay Hotel and The Kapalua Villas.

The Hottest Tickets in Town

Tickets for the 2000 Mercedes Championships went on sale Aug. 15. Call C & J Telecommunications at 888-310-GOLF toll free, 24 hours for phone orders, or purchase tickets on-line via kapaluamaui.com or pgatour.com. On Maui, tickets can be purchased at the Kapalua resort at all Golf Shops, the Honolua Store, The Logo Shop and The Body & Bath Shop. Tickets also can be purchased at all Activity World outlets on Maui and at the Ka'ahamanu Shopping Center Information Booth.

Media Bulletin

For a 2000 Mercedes Championships media credential application form, contact Linn Nishikawa, Media Coordinator, (800) KAPALUA, (808) 669-4480 fax or e-mail Lnishikawa@kapaluamaui.com. Media rooms are limited, so send in your applications as soon as possible.


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