Golf Form Guide

Sony Open in Hawaii 2024: Course and current form stats

Waialae Country Club opened 97 years ago
Since 2013, the average-winning 72-hole total has been under 260.

Week two of the new PGA Tour season brings the players to the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • Accuracy more important than power this week

  • Harman 18/119.00 to continue strong run

  • Corey 28/129.00 can shine at compact Waialae


Tournament and Course Notes

• Opened 97 years ago, Waialae Country Club offers a sharp contrast to the venue which hosted last week's tournament at Kapalua;

• It is shorter, tighter, flatter than Kapalua's Plantation Course, with players needing to deliver greater accuracy from the tee. Fairways are narrow, while water comes into play on just six holes;

• Waialae is a compact venue located on the south-east coastline of O'ahu Island;

• Scoring is usually low, with the winning 72-hole average for the last 11 editions (2013-23) being 259.73 (-20.27 under par);

• As the course measures just over 7,000 yards, power is less important than accuracy, with competitors needing to respect a handful of tricky dog legs.

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Good Current Form

A number of those who competed at Kapalua have remained in Hawaii for this week's state open.

Among them is The Sentry's champion Chris Kirk 28/129.00 whose record at Waialae is strong.

The 38-year-old from Tennessee has stood on the podium three times, including 2021 and 2023.

Last season's Open champion at Royal Liverpool, Brian Harman 18/119.00, has played well since late June and he opened 2024 with a tie-for-fifth on Sunday.

Korean Byeong Hun An 33/134.00, who tied-12th on his Waialae debut last year, finished fourth at Kapalua having not played competitively since last August.

Golfers from the Far East have won this tournament in each of the past two years.

Good Course Form

Waialae is certainly a course where the shorter, and often more accurate, hitter can prosper.

Matt Fitzpatrick 16/117.00 is the highest-ranked golfer teeing-up.

Although the Sheffield-born player is making his debut in this tournament, his two PGA Tour victories to date (US Open / RBC Heritage) have come at venues where accuracy holds the key to success.

Pros with a solid Waialae history include Corey Conners 28/129.00, Matt Kuchar 33/134.00 and Hayden Buckley 70/171.00.

Connors played last week at Kapalua where he finished in a tie-for-33rd.

The world No 38 from Canada has finished inside the top-12 in each of his last four starts at the Sony Open in Hawaii.


Stroke Averages


Lowest 10 At Waialae (2018-23)
Average .... (Rounds)
66.75: Matt Kuchar (16)
67.05: Corey Conners (20)
67.05: Chris Kirk (20)
67.15: Stewart Cink (20)
67.15: Hideki Matsuyama (20)
67.20: Nick Hardy (10)
67.33: Webb Simpson (18)
67.33: Adam Svensson (12)
67.40: Billy Horschel (10)
67.45: Kevin Kisner (20)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10
Only those entered this week are included in table


MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves


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Last 10 Weeks / Waialae (2014-23)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45 W44
Matt Fitzpatrick 14 4 27
Brian Harman 5 8 44
Tyrrell Hatton 14 11
Keegan Bradley 45 13
Sahith Theegala 2 31 MC
Russell Henley 52 13
Chris Kirk 1 28 MC
Ludvig Aberg 47 1 10
Lucas Glover 29 12 45 59
Kurt Kitayama 29
Denny McCarthy 43 5
JT Poston 5 44
Corey Conners 33 44
Justin Rose 40 8 51
Emiliano Grillo 43 MC
Will Zalatoris 20
Harris English 14 28
Eric Cole 14 3
Cameron Davis 52 42 7
Hideki Matsuyama 58 10
Si Woo Kim 25 71
Byeong Hun An 4
Adam Hadwin 14
Nick Taylor 52
Matt Kuchar 53 2
Alexander Noren 23 2
Robert MacIntyre MC 33 18 58
Brendon Todd 33 28 20
Adam Svensson 33 5 45
Tom Hoge 38
Andrew Putnam 40 5
Billy Horschel MC
Aaron Rai 10
Matt Wallace 40 2 15
Justin Suh 64 4
Vincent Norrman 59 27 15
Keith Mitchell MC 38
Ryo Hisatsune 8 13 18 9
Alexander Bjork 36 10
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 58 54
Seamus Power 50
Alex Smalley 44 30
Taylor Montgomery 8 31
Luke List 22 19 20 45
Erik van Rooyen 22 32 1
JJ Spaun 13 67
Gary Woodland
Matthieu Pavon MC 5 15
Austin Eckroat 8 23
Patrick Rodgers 14 16
Ben Griffin 8 37 23
Mark Hubbard MC 20 MC
Zac Blair MC MC
Stephan Jaeger 28 45
Taylor Pendrith MC 8 15
Alejandro Tosti MC
Sami Valimaki 38 26
Scott Stallings MC
Akshay Bhatia 14 38 20 10
Taiga Semikawa 1 10 2 MC 3
Chez Reavie 72
Brandon Wu 58 30 54
Takumi Kanaya 2 7 37 3 8
Ben Kohles 5
Davis Thompson 53 15
David Lingmerth MC 76 MC
Hayden Buckley MC 59
Pierceson Coody
Chan Kim
Michael Kim 23
Matti Schmid 4 17 MC 3 38
Seong Hyeon Kim
Sam Stevens MC
Grayson Murray MC
Davis Riley 52 45 MC
Tyler Duncan 3 MC
Kevin Streelman MC
Robby Shelton MC 59
Matthew NeSmith 28
Rico Hoey MC
Nick Hardy 47 MC 23 45 23
Camilo Villegas 50 58 1 2
Nicholas Lindheim 28
Callum Tarren MC MC
Harry Hall MC MC
Ben Silverman
Will Gordon 36 15
Ben Taylor MC MC
Norman Xiong MC
Joel Dahmen
Martin Laird MC 59 31
CT Pan Wd MC MC
Jake Knapp
Dylan Wu MC 30
Garrick Higgo
David Lipsky 13 MC
Maverick McNealy 58 MC
Carl Yuan 68 4 MC
Max Greyserman
Nate Lashley MC 10
Ryan Palmer MC 8 5
Jacob Bridgeman
Greyson Sigg 8 MC
Doug Ghim MC MC 15
Paul Barjon
Adrien Dumont de Chassart
Ryan Moore 8 5 38
Chad Ramey
Webb Simpson MC
Kevin Kisner 78
Justin Lower MC 20 23
Carson Young 71 9
Troy Merritt MC 72 65
Joe Highsmith
Vince Whaley 13 8 59
Joseph Bramlett
Peter Malnati MC 37 59
Aaron Baddeley 21 64
Jimmy Stanger
Ben Martin MC 27 MC
Chandler Phillips
Kevin Yu MC 30 MC
Kensei Hirata 10 25 7 29 MC
David Skinns
Tyson Alexander MC 8 MC
Cameron Champ 58 45
Zach Johnson MC
Patton Kizzire 44 37 15
Yuto Katsuragawa 8 51 45 37
Stewart Cink 44 7 MC
Andrew Novak 73 45
Charley Hoffman 13 45 MC
Lanto Griffin MC 53 54
Aguri Iwasaki 22 MC 57 57 27
Josh Teater MC
Nico Echavarria 25 44 76 31
Jhonattan Vegas 17 MC
Ryan Brehm MC 20 MC
Brandt Snedeker Wd
Rintaro Nakano MC
Tyler McCumber
Patrick Fishburn
McClure Meissner
Tom Whitney
Kevin Dougherty
Chris Gotterup MC
Wilson Furr
Parker Coody
Blaze Akana
Hunter Larson
Player `23 `22 `21 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14
Matt Fitzpatrick
Brian Harman 32 48 56 32 MC 4 20 13 13 32
Tyrrell Hatton
Keegan Bradley MC 12 MC 12 29 39 MC MC
Sahith Theegala 48
Russell Henley 32 2 11 MC 66 MC 13 MC 17 51
Chris Kirk 3 27 2 MC MC 10 MC MC 26 2
Ludvig Aberg
Lucas Glover MC 5 50 MC*
Kurt Kitayama 73 MC
Denny McCarthy 32 48
JT Poston 21 42 MC MC 20 64
Corey Conners 12 11 12 3 39
Justin Rose 2
Emiliano Grillo MC MC 47 21 22 47 33
Will Zalatoris
Harris English 73 55 32 22 64 MC 56 3 4
Eric Cole 61
Cameron Davis 32 27 31 9 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 48 1 19 12 51 27 MC*
Si Woo Kim 1 55 25 MC 58 4
Byeong Hun An 12
Adam Hadwin 57 67 MC
Nick Taylor 7 11 32 MC MC 74 68
Matt Kuchar 7 7 MC MC 1 13 3 8
Alexander Noren 32
Robert MacIntyre
Brendon Todd 21 48 41 21 MC 44 20
Adam Svensson 41 7 43
Tom Hoge 41 MC MC 12 MC 3 MC MC*
Andrew Putnam 4 27 MC 57 2 69 MC
Billy Horschel MC 36 7 68
Aaron Rai 61 MC
Matt Wallace
Justin Suh 41
Vincent Norrman MC
Keith Mitchell MC 7 14 MC 16 25
Ryo Hisatsune
Alexander Bjork
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 28 48 19 MC MC
Seamus Power 3 MC MC 54 49
Alex Smalley MC MC
Taylor Montgomery 12
Luke List MC MC MC 13 MC
Erik van Rooyen 20 MC
JJ Spaun 12 MC MC MC 47 MC
Gary Woodland MC MC* 7 6 13 3
Matthieu Pavon
Austin Eckroat 12
Patrick Rodgers 38 MC Wd MC
Ben Griffin 12
Mark Hubbard MC MC 32 MC MC 56 60
Zac Blair 48 63 57 3 6
Stephan Jaeger 28 MC 43 54
Taylor Pendrith MC
Alejandro Tosti
Sami Valimaki
Scott Stallings MC
Akshay Bhatia
Taiga Semikawa 67
Chez Reavie 41 67 MC 3 18 8 42 26
Brandon Wu MC MC
Takumi Kanaya MC MC MC
Ben Kohles 27
Davis Thompson 54
David Lingmerth MC 49 13 MC MC
Hayden Buckley 2 12
Pierceson Coody
Chan Kim MC
Michael Kim MC 65 MC MC 20 MC
Matti Schmid MC
Seong Hyeon Kim 12
Sam Stevens MC
Grayson Murray MC
Davis Riley 20
Tyler Duncan MC MC MC 57 MC
Kevin Streelman MC 51
Robby Shelton MC 25 MC
Matthew NeSmith MC 32
Rico Hoey MC
Nick Hardy 41 MC 14
Camilo Villegas MC MC MC 44
Nicholas Lindheim MC 32 MC
Callum Tarren MC
Harry Hall 28
Ben Silverman MC MC
Will Gordon 28 MC MC
Ben Taylor 4 MC MC
Norman Xiong
Joel Dahmen MC 12 22 73
Martin Laird
CT Pan MC MC
Jake Knapp
Dylan Wu MC 20
Garrick Higgo
David Lipsky 4 MC
Maverick McNealy 7 27
Carl Yuan 21
Max Greyserman
Nate Lashley 7 MC MC 53 39
Ryan Palmer 32 12 41 4 58 MC 13 17 8
Jacob Bridgeman
Greyson Sigg 48 42
Doug Ghim MC MC
Paul Barjon 48
Adrien Dumont de Chassart
Ryan Moore MC MC
Chad Ramey 54 MC
Webb Simpson MC 61 4 3 4 13 13 13
Kevin Kisner 3 32 4 69 25 4 5 MC* MC
Justin Lower 64
Carson Young MC
Troy Merritt 65 56 MC MC MC MC MC 30 MC
Joe Highsmith
Vince Whaley 17 MC
Joseph Bramlett 54 20 45
Peter Malnati MC MC 14 12 MC MC 27 MC* 38
Aaron Baddeley 7 41 MC
Jimmy Stanger
Ben Martin 32 45 MC 7 36 50 51 38
Chandler Phillips
Kevin Yu 21
Kensei Hirata
David Skinns MC
Tyson Alexander 32
Cameron Champ MC*
Zach Johnson 75 MC 62 28 MC 14 6 9 64 8
Patton Kizzire 76 42 7 MC 13 1 MC
Yuto Katsuragawa MC
Stewart Cink 21 36 19 20 32 36 42 37 20
Andrew Novak 12 MC
Charley Hoffman 14 MC
Lanto Griffin 41 7 58
Aguri Iwasaki
Josh Teater MC MC
Nico Echavarria 12
Jhonattan Vegas 44
Ryan Brehm 41 MC 45
Brandt Snedeker 36 MC 12 16 MC 2
Rintaro Nakano
Tyler McCumber MC MC
Patrick Fishburn
McClure Meissner
Tom Whitney
Kevin Dougherty
Chris Gotterup
Wilson Furr
Parker Coody
Blaze Akana MC
Hunter Larson

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