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09 Jan 2019 by Sam Vickers

2019 Sony Open In Hawaii Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii? Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th January, 2019

Where is the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii? Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii? $6,400,000

What channel can I watch the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii? https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/sony-open-in-hawaii/tickets.html

What is the course yardage at Waialae Country Club? 7020 yards

What is the par at Waialae Country Club? Par 72

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii? Temperatures consistently around 24c with minimal chance of rain but some cloud cover

THE HISTORY

The Sony Open has been on the schedule since 1965 and is currently the first full-field event of the calendar year after last week’s Tournament of Champions.

The United States have dominated this tournament over the last ten editions with just one winner coming from a different country (Argentina, 2016). On average, the winning total has been -19, with the second ever lowest total coming in 2017 from Justin Thomas. On average, the champions have won by 2.7 strokes with two playoffs in the previous three editions. Jimmy Walker set a tournament record in 2015, winning by nine strokes.

THE FAVOURITES

Charles Howell III claimed his third PGA Tour victory and first since 2007 at the 2018-19 RSM Classic in November and has had a T5 finish on tour since the win. The Sony Open in Hawaii is known for its often strong and constant winds, and Howell III is notorious for his ability is these conditions due to his lower ball flight. Notably, he has finished runner-up in this event in both 2009 and 2012 and his confidence will be high as he currently ranks fourth in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Marc Leishman hasn’t finished lower than T18 from his four starts this season with three top fives and a victory at the CIMB Classic in October. A T4 finish at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions (also in Hawaii) shows his game has continued right where it finished in 2018 and he currently places third in the FedEx Cup ranks. 11 rounds here in the 60s from his last three starts show he likes the layout and is another player who performs well when it blows.

Bryson DeChambeau is arguably the best golfer in the world right now. With four PGA Tour victories in the calendar year of 2018 and three of those coming in a four-month stretch from August to November, there isn’t a course he cannot contend around. A quiet weekend at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions saw him finish in seventh place, proving his game is still where it needs to be to add to his impressive collection of wins already.

OUTSIDERS

Jimmy Walker hasn’t won since his maiden major victory at the 2016 PGA Championship due to off-course health issues and a downturn in form. The now world number 89’s form has resulted in him finishing under par for the week just once between May 2018 and the end of the season. However, his first two starts in the wrap around season have been comfortably under par with final rounds of 66 and 65 suggesting his game is returning. Having won back-to-back here in 2014 and 2015, past success could prove inspiring.

Patton Kizzire claimed his second PGA Tour victory here last year, less than four weeks after his first at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. The early season wins saw him make it to the Tour Championship, albeit with ten missed cuts in between and just one top 20 finish. However, a T8 at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions – his best on tour in nearly a year – shows his liking for Hawaii and it could well result in back-to-back victories here.

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