Sony Open in Hawaii

The Sony Open in Hawaii is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, and is part of the tour's FedEx Cup Series. It has been contested at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, since the event's modern-day inception as the Hawaiian Open in November 1965.[1]

In addition to the usual PGA Tour eligibility criteria, the Sony Open may invite up to three professional golfers from emerging markets.[2]

Sony Open in Hawaii
Sony Open in Hawaii
Tournament information
LocationHonolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Established1965, 54 years ago
Course(s)Waialae Country Club
Par70
Length7,044 yards (6,441 m)
Organized byFriends of Hawaii Charities
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$6.4 million
Month playedJanuary
Tournament record score
Aggregate253 Justin Thomas (2017)
To par−28 John Huston (1998)
Current champion
United States Matt Kuchar
Waialae is located in Hawaii
Waialae
Waialae
Location on Oahu in the state of Hawaii

History

Originally a mid-autumn event for its first five editions, it was skipped in 1970 as it moved to its winter slot in early February 1971.[3] Currently, it is held in mid-January and is the first full-field event of the calendar year, following the Tournament of Champions on Maui. The front and back nines of Waialae are switched for the PGA Tour event, finishing at the dogleg ninth hole.[4]

The first lead sponsor was United Airlines in 1991, succeeded by current sponsor Sony in 1999. There have been five multiple winners of the tournament, all two-time champions: Hubert Green, Corey Pavin, Lanny Wadkins, Ernie Els, and Jimmy Walker. All have won major championships. The tournament is currently organized by Friends of Hawaii Charities.[5]

In 1983, forty-year-old Isao Aoki became Japan's first winner on the PGA Tour. He holed out a wedge shot for an eagle-3 on the 72nd hole to beat Jack Renner by a stroke.[6][7]

The Sony Open gained attention for granting four consecutive sponsor invitations (PGA Tour Exemption #11) to Michelle Wie, the first in 2004 when she was age 14.[8] She missed the cut in all four appearances,[9] and did not receive one of the four available sponsor exemptions in 2008. One of the invitations went to Alex Ching, a 17-year-old former high school classmate of Wie.

In 2007, amateur Tadd Fujikawa become the second youngest player ever (16 years, 4 days) to make a 36-hole cut in an official PGA Tour event.[9][10] His achievement was highlighted by a 15-foot (4.6 m) eagle putt on his 36th hole, Waialae's 551-yard par-5 18th. Incidentally, the PGA Tour's 2006 media guide shows that the youngest player ever to make a 36-hole cut in an official Tour event was Bob Panasik (15 years, 8 months, and 20 days) in 1957 at the Canadian Open,[11] 3½ months younger than Fujikawa.

Preparations for the 2018 Sony Open were briefly disrupted by a false emergency alert stating that a ballistic missile had been launched toward Hawaii. Staff members reportedly attempted to take shelter in the players' locker room, the media center was ordered to evacuate, and several players posted messages on social media about the erroneous alert, which was sent to all smartphones in the state.[12] The alert was ultimately determined to have been sent in error.[13] Before the final round, Golf Channel cameramen also staged a walkout.[14]

Winners

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Sony Open in Hawaii
2019 Matt Kuchar  United States 258 −22 4 strokes United States Andrew Putnam 1,152,000
2018 Patton Kizzire  United States 263 −17 Playoff United States James Hahn 1,116,000
2017 Justin Thomas  United States 253[15] −27 7 strokes England Justin Rose 1,080,000
2016 Fabián Gómez  Argentina 260 −20 Playoff United States Brandt Snedeker 1,044,000
2015 Jimmy Walker (2)  United States 257 −23 9 strokes United States Scott Piercy 1,008,000
2014 Jimmy Walker  United States 263 −17 1 stroke United States Chris Kirk 1,008,000
2013 Russell Henley  United States 256 −24 3 strokes South Africa Tim Clark 1,008,000
2012 Johnson Wagner  United States 267 −13 2 strokes United States Harrison Frazar
United States Charles Howell III
United States Sean O'Hair
Sweden Carl Pettersson
990,000
2011 Mark Wilson  United States 264 −16 2 strokes South Africa Tim Clark
United States Steve Marino
990,000
2010 Ryan Palmer  United States 265 −15 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby 990,000
2009 Zach Johnson  United States 265 −15 2 strokes Australia Adam Scott
United States David Toms
972,000
2008 K. J. Choi  South Korea 266 −14 3 strokes South Africa Rory Sabbatini 954,000
2007 Paul Goydos  United States 266 −14 1 stroke England Luke Donald
United States Charles Howell III
936,000
2006 David Toms  United States 261 −19 5 strokes United States Chad Campbell
South Africa Rory Sabbatini
918,000
2005 Vijay Singh  Fiji 269 −11 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els 864,000
2004 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 262 −18 Playoff United States Harrison Frazar 864,000
2003 Ernie Els  South Africa 264 −16 Playoff Australia Aaron Baddeley 810,000
2002 Jerry Kelly  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States John Cook 720,000
2001 Brad Faxon  United States 260 −20 4 strokes United States Tom Lehman 720,000
2000 Paul Azinger  United States 261 −19 7 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby 522,000
1999 Jeff Sluman  United States 271 −9 2 strokes United States Davis Love III
United States Jeff Maggert
United States Len Mattiace
United States Chris Perry
United States Tommy Tolles
468,000
United Airlines Hawaiian Open
1998 John Huston  United States 260 −28[16] 7 strokes United States Tom Watson 324,000
1997 Paul Stankowski  United States 271 −17 Playoff United States Jim Furyk
United States Mike Reid
216,000
1996 Jim Furyk  United States 277 −11 Playoff United States Brad Faxon 216,000
1995 John Morse  United States 269 −19 3 strokes United States Tom Lehman
United States Duffy Waldorf
216,000
1994 Brett Ogle  Australia 269 −19 1 stroke United States Davis Love III 216,000
1993 Howard Twitty  United States 269 −19 4 strokes United States Joey Sindelar 216,000
1992 John Cook  United States 265 −23 2 strokes United States Paul Azinger 216,000
United Hawaiian Open
1991 Lanny Wadkins (2)  United States 270 −18 4 strokes United States John Cook 198,000
Hawaiian Open
1990 David Ishii  United States 279 −9 1 stroke United States Paul Azinger 180,000
1989 Gene Sauers  United States 197 −19 1 stroke United States David Ogrin 135,000
1988 Lanny Wadkins  United States 271 −17 1 stroke Canada Richard Zokol 108,000
1987 Corey Pavin (2)  United States 270 −18 Playoff United States Craig Stadler 108,000
1986 Corey Pavin  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States Paul Azinger 90,000
1985 Mark O'Meara  United States 267 −21 1 stroke United States Craig Stadler 90,000
1984 Jack Renner  United States 271 −17 Playoff United States Wayne Levi 90,000
1983 Isao Aoki  Japan 268 −20 1 stroke United States Jack Renner 58,500
1982 Wayne Levi  United States 277 −11 1 stroke United States Scott Simpson 58,500
1981 Hale Irwin  United States 265 −23 6 strokes United States Don January 58,500
1980 Andy Bean  United States 266 −22 3 strokes United States Lee Trevino 58,500
1979 Hubert Green (2)  United States 267 −21 3 strokes United States Fuzzy Zoeller 54,000
1978 Hubert Green  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Billy Kratzert 50,000
1977 Bruce Lietzke  United States 273 −15 3 strokes United States Don January
Japan Takashi Murakami
48,000
1976 Ben Crenshaw  United States 270 −18 4 strokes United States Hale Irwin
United States Larry Nelson
46,000
1975 Gary Groh  United States 274 −14 1 stroke United States Al Geiberger 44,000
1974 Jack Nicklaus  United States 271 −17 3 strokes United States Eddie Pearce 44,000
1973 John Schlee  United States 273 −15 2 strokes United States Orville Moody 40,000
1972 Grier Jones  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Bob Murphy 40,000
1971 Tom Shaw  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Miller Barber 40,000
1970 No tournament: month of play changed from November to February
1969 Bruce Crampton  Australia 274 −14 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 25,000
1968 Lee Trevino  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States George Archer 25,000
1967 Dudley Wysong  United States 284 −4 Playoff United States Billy Casper 20,000
1966 Ted Makalena  United States 271 −17 3 strokes United States Billy Casper
United States Gay Brewer
8,500
1965 Gay Brewer  United States 281 −7 Playoff United States Bob Goalby 9,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Previous incarnations recognized by PGA Tour
Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
1948 Cary Middlecoff  United States 274 −10 2,000
1947 Dutch Harrison  United States 275 −13 2,000
1929 Craig Wood  United States 289 +1 1,600
1928 Bill Mehlhorn  United States 291

Multiple winners

Five men have won this tournament more than once through 2019.

Records

References

  1. ^ "Gay Brewer birdies 73d, nips Goalby". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 8, 1965. p. 13.
  2. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Shaw charges, bags Hawaiian Open victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. February 8, 1971. p. 3B.
  4. ^ "Waialae Country Club – Course Tour". Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Sony Open In Hawaii - Charity
  6. ^ "Aoki's wedge shot steals golf tourney". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. February 14, 1983. p. 3B.
  7. ^ "Aoki's eagle feathers PGA win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. February 14, 1983. p. 16.
  8. ^ "Wie shoots 72 at PGA tourney". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 16, 2004. p. C5.
  9. ^ a b "Hawaii teen makes history". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 13, 2007. p. B2.
  10. ^ "Finally The Teenager Makes a Cut". Golf Channel. Associated Press. January 12, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  11. ^ Sullivan, Jack (July 12, 1957). "Norman could be brightest Canadian on big-time golf tournament trail". Ottawa Citizen. (Canada). Canadian Press. p. 11.
  12. ^ Kohli, Sonali; Ottey and, Michael A.W.; Chang, Heidi (January 13, 2018). "False alert of missile attack sparks panic in Hawaii". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "'Terrifying': False ballistic missile threat alarm sends Hawaii into panic". Hawaii News Now. January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Golf Channel Cameramen Walk Amid Coverage of Sony Open". ESPN. Associated Press. January 14, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Porter, Kyle. "Justin Thomas sets PGA Tour scoring record in stunning showing at Sony Open". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "Huston breaks Hogan's 53-year-old record". The Irish Times. February 16, 1998. Retrieved February 26, 2019.

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Killeen was born in San Diego, California. He played college golf at Texas Christian University. He turned professional in 2005.

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Hahn missed the cut for the 2015 Masters tournament by one stroke, after calling an unnoticed one stroke penalty on himself.

In May 2016, after missing the cut in his eight previous starts, Hahn won for the second time on the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championship after beating Roberto Castro in a play-off. Hahn moved up to a career best 55th in the OWGR.

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Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Kelly graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 and turned professional later that year, but didn't make it onto the PGA Tour until 1996. This followed a successful 1995 season on the second tier Nike Tour, when he won two tournaments. His best career year to date is 2002, when he finished fourth on the PGA Tour money list and won the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii and Advil Western Open.

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Palmer's first career PGA Tour win came at the 2004 FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort, with a three stroke victory over Briny Baird and Vijay Singh. Four years later, he earned his second career win during the PGA Tour Fall Series, at the 2008 Ginn sur Mer Classic where wet, rainy conditions made the course play tough all week. He won by making a ten-foot putt for birdie on the final hole on Sunday to finish seven under par and win by one stroke over five players. He was 143rd on the money list entering the week, but this win secured his playing status on Tour for 2009 and 2010.

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Gardiner is the first person of Aboriginal descent to earn a PGA Tour card.

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In 2011, Piercy won his first PGA Tour event at the Reno-Tahoe Open, an alternate event in early August. His second tour win came in July 2012 at the RBC Canadian Open, one stroke over runners-up Robert Garrigus and William McGirt. As a result, Piercy earned a place in the following week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and was therefore unable to defend his Reno-Tahoe Open title. In early November, he was a runner-up at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. The Canadian Open win gained Piercy entry into the Masters in 2013, his first, and made the cut. During the 2013 season, he finished third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, tied for fifth at the PGA Championship and Byron Nelson Championship, and reached the round of 16 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

In the 2014 season, Piercy had an arm injury and was out for five months. In his return, he had a best result of T-12 at the Wyndham Championship.

In the 2015 season, he finished seventh at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii, tenth at the Shell Houston Open. In July, he won the inaugural Barbasol Championship in Alabama, an alternate event opposite the Open Championship, for his first victory in three years. Piercy was unable to defend his title in 2016 because he earned entry into the 2016 Open Championship.

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