When: January 11-14, 2018
Where: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel
The first full field event on the PGA Tour gets underway January 11-14, 2018 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. The tournament started in 1965 and has had multiple sponsors. You may remember it as the Hawaiian Open, United Airlines Open, before Sony took over as the title sponsor in 1999.
Waialae Country Club is the host venus and has been since the tournament’s inception in 1965. The layout is one of the shortest on the PGA Tour but also one of the trickiest. The winning score will exceed 20-under par unless the winds come up then you could see 15-under par win.
Last year Justin Thomas won for the second week in a row by blistering the betting field with an eye opening 27-under par and a comfortable seven stroke win.
Thomas will be back to defend and so will a host of top notch players that include Matt Kuchar, Daniel Berger, Charley Hoffman and Jordan Spieth.
Preview: Defending champion Justin Thomas and World No. 2 Jordan Spieth headline this week’s betting field at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele is among 20 players slated to hop a flight from Maui from this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions to play both ends of the Hawaiian double. Continue...
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Waialae Country Club is a 7,044-yard, par 70 track that was opened in 1927 as a way to get more tourism to Hawaii and while, the course is short in length, it get its toughness from very narrow fairways and winds that can be troublesome. The course nestles between the Koolau mountain range on the north and Pacific Ocean on the south.
The Waialae Country Club has hosted major golfing events since 1965 and was known as the Hawaiian Open. Sony became the title sponsor in 1999.
Designed by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, and opened in 1927, the course at Waialea Country Club recently ranked as the 28th most difficult of the 54 PGA Tour courses. It plays to a hefty 7,044 yards for the Sony Open.
Davis Love III holds the 18-hole course record with a score of 60 (1994). John Huston (1998) and Brad Faxon (2001) jointly hold the 72-hole tournament record with a score of 260.
A tournament stimpmeter rating of 13 will make the bermuda grass greens seem like a billiards table. Added to the putting challenge, the 84 bunkers and nine water hazards make the Sony Open a challenge, year-in and year-out.
What is known now as the Career Builder Challenge Golf Tournament in SilverRock Resort; La Quinta, California will be the next golf event on the US PGA Tour calendar after the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Justin Thomas won the Sony Open with the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.
Thomas capped off his wonderful week at Waialae that began with a 59 with his second straight victory. He two-putted birdie from 60 feet on the par-5 18th and closed with a 5-under 65 to set the record at 253.
Tommy Armour III shot 254 at the 2003 Texas Open.
The 23-year-old from Kentucky won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua by three shots, then destroyed the full field at the Sony Open to win by seven shots. Thomas is the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational) to win back-to-back weeks by three shots or more.
Thomas joined Ernie Els in 2003 as the only players to sweep Hawaii, and this performance might have been even better. Thomas was 49-under par for his two weeks, compared with Els at 47 under.
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