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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]

Sony Open in Hawaii
Sony Open in Hawaii.svg
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
Aggregate253 Justin Thomas (2017)
To par−28 John Huston (1998)
United States Matt Kuchar
Waialae is located in Hawaii
Waialae
Waialae
Location on Oahu in the state of Hawaii

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

HistoryEdit

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]

WinnersEdit

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

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

RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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