When: Jan 12 - 15, 2017
Where: Waialae Country Club
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Fabian Gomez
TV Coverage: Golf Channel
The Sony Open in Hawaii is normally the second event on the PGA Tour schedule and consists of 144 players. This year, the dates are January 12-15, 2017, and it once again will be held at Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Waialae Country Club hosted its first PGA Tour event in 1965. The track is an old-school type layout that requires accuracy and great putting in order to succeed. The course measures 7,044 yards and plays to a par 70. Even though it’s one of the shortest courses on the PGA Tour, the narrow fairways and swirling January winds make it a challenge each and every year.
There have been five multiple winners of the tournament, all two-time champions: Hubert Green, Corey Pavin, Ernie Els, Lanny Wadkins and most recently Jimmy Walker.
The Sony Open in Hawaii garnered attention for granting four consecutive sponsor invitations to Michelle Wie starting in 2004. She missed the cut all four times.
Defending champion Fabian Gomez returns to the scene of his second PGA Tour win and will have stiff competition from players like Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and 2013 winner Russell Henley.
Defending champion Fabian Gomez, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and last week’s winner Justin Thomas headline the betting field at this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
Other notable players include Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama, Jimmy Walker, Daniel Berger, Zach Johnson and Paul Casey.
Waialae Country Club measures 7,044 yards and plays to a par 70. Now in its 53rd year as a PGA TOUR host, Waialae has withstood the test of time and remains basically the same course it was when it opened in 1927. It’s an old school course, tricky in spots especially if the wind blows. 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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