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The Kodak Challenge, won by Troy Merritt in 2010, will again visit 30 tournaments in 2011. The new schedule includes 26 of the 30 holes from the 2010 season. The RBC Canadian Open and The Barclays will debut new Kodak Challenge holes in 2011 as the tournaments visit new venues. The Farmers Insurance Open moves to a new Kodak Challenge hole this year, the 570-yard, par-5 18th on the Torrey Pines South Course. Twenty-nine of the 30 Kodak Challenge tournaments for 2011 have been finalized. An announcement on the 30th tournament is expected in the near future.
For the third consecutive year, it begins at the 663-yard, par-5, No. 18 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua, venue to this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Last year, Paul Casey and Sean O’Hair posted the first Kodak Challenge eagles of the 2010 season to stake an early lead in the season long competition. Players must play at least 18 of 30 Kodak Challenge holes throughout the season to qualify. Last year, Merritt won in style. He defeated Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley in a one-hole playoff at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
“Troy Merritt’s thrilling sudden death playoff victory at the conclusion of the 2010 season capped off a great year for the Kodak Challenge. We’re confident that this year’s schedule once again offers players the opportunity to participate and move up the leaderboard, while showcasing to fans many of golf’s truly great holes,” said Steve Powell, director of program development for the Kodak Challenge.