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Sony Open of Hawaii 2018: Course and current form guide

Zach Johnson: A former winner at Waialae and tied-sixth last year
Zach Johnson: A former winner at Waialae and tied-sixth last year
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Andy Swales supplies course and current form stats for this week's Sony Open, as the PGA Tour tees-up in Hawaii for a second straight week...

"Waialae has never been a venue where the shorter drivers on Tour have been disadvantaged"

The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii, swapping the island of Maui for Oahu, as it travels around 110 miles north-west to the state capital Honolulu.

The Sony Open of Hawaii, which has been part of the Tour's schedule since 1965, will once again be played at Waialae Country Club - one of the lowest-scoring venues on the calendar.

Designed by Seth Raynor and opened 91 years ago, Waialae's total par was reduced by two strokes, from 72 to 70 in 1999, since when the winning total has only once exceeded 269.

In each of the last two years, more than 30 players have broken 270 at Waialae, with defending champion Justin Thomas setting a new all-time PGA Tour record for 72 holes.

Twelve months ago the young American opened with a 59, before adding further rounds of 64-65-65, for a total of 253 - and an impressive seven-stroke victory.

Last Year's Winner

Thomas is here again on the back of last week's disappointing display at Kapalua - where he was also the defending champion.

He is joined in Honolulu by Jordan Spieth who has also made the journey from Maui where he sneaked into the top 10 on Sunday, following a poor first round at the Tournament of Champions.

Because of the break for Christmas and New Year, those who competed last week over the Plantation Course should hold a distinct advantage over the rest of the field, most of whom haven't swung a competitive club since November.

Brian Harman, who is becoming one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour, may be of interest having posted three top-20 finishes on his last three trips to Waialae.

Another who falls into this 'consistency' category is Kevin Kisner who tied-fourth in the Sony Open 12 months ago, and finished in the middle of the pack last week.

Shorter Hitters

Waialae has never been a venue where the shorter drivers on Tour have been disadvantaged.

Among those with good course records are Zach Johnson, who makes a first start in seven weeks, and Charles Howell.

Johnson is a former champion while Howell has had seven top-five finishes but without a win.

One big hitter who does play well here is Gary Woodland, although the 33-year-old from Kansas has not teed-up in almost two months.

In Form

Young Aussie Cameron Smith remains in decent shape, as he attempts to build on his excellent year in 2017 - when he reached a career-high No 56 in the world.

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45 W44
Jordan Spieth 9 3 8
Justin Thomas 22 11
Marc Leishman 7 4
Xander Schauffele 22 2
Kevin Kisner 17 12 4
Brian Harman 3 4
Daniel Berger 11 14
Tony Finau 16
Jason Dufner 11
Si Woo Kim 10 MC 3
Webb Simpson Wd 20
Russell Henley 17
Zach Johnson 8 23
Kyle Stanley 30
Yusaku Miyazato 4 1 8 19 2 12
Satoshi Kodaira 21 8 Wd 1 20
Peter Uihlein 10 Wd 14
Gary Woodland 34 18
Bill Haas MC
Cameron Smith 17 1 4
Charles Howell MC 4
Wesley Bryan 27 9
Jimmy Walker MC
Keegan Bradley
Emiliano Grillo 9
Russell Knox 37 9 72
James Hahn 77
Shugo Imahira 8 13 6 8 MC
William McGirt 8 10
Kevin Na
Hudson Swafford 27 29
Jamie Lovemark MC MC
Chez Reavie 14
Sean O`Hair MC
Scott Brown MC 6 63
Danny Lee MC 25
Whee Kim MC 45 2
JJ Spaun 2 14 10
Ollie Schniederjans MC
Patton Kizzire 15 45 1 4
Scott Piercy 32
Jason Kokrak MC 45 20
Luke List MC 20
Luke Donald 32
Harold Varner 6 41 19 63
Austin Cook 22 1 50 20
Mac Hughes MC MC
Stewart Cink 25 MC
Daisuke Kataoka 51 28 26 56 MC 29
Robert Streb MC MC
Patrick Rodgers MC 14 MC
Andrew Landry 4 Wd MC
Jim Herman 54 MC
Ryan Armour 20 37 55 20
Chris Kirk 4 MC
Chris Stroud 11 49 MC
Morgan Hoffmann MC MC
Kevin Tway MC 32
Ryan Palmer
Brian Gay 3 25 MC
Brice Garnett 29 25 MC
Kelly Kraft 22 47
Talor Gooch MC MC 41 16
Aaron Baddeley MC 74 10
Ted Potter 13 MC MC
Brian Stuard 22 9 57
Aaron Wise 13 MC 32
Billy Hurley MC MC MC
Smylie Kaufman MC MC MC
Robert Garrigus MC 32
Ben Silverman 8 MC 47
Rob Oppenheim 61 34 MC
Chad Campbell MC 72
Jonathan Randolph 73 Wd
Dominic Bozzelli
Ben Martin 22 MC MC
Harris English MC MC MC
Sam Ryder 61 MC MC
Sam Saunders MC MC 57
Matt Jones 30 2 50 MC
Stephan Jaeger 29 MC 20
Abraham Ancer Wd 9 MC
Richy Werenski MC 41 51
Vaughn Taylor 8 41 MC
Nate Lashley 49 MC MC
Jonas Blixt 31 MC 2 MC
Jonathan Byrd MC 61 MC
JT Poston MC 14 4
Xin Jun Zhang 68 20 MC
DA Points 33 MC 75 MC
Martin Piller MC 4 MC
David Hearn 17 MC
Beau Hossler 70 34 7
Adam Schenk MC 34 20
Nicholas Lindheim 13 41 Wd
Cody Gribble 27
Cameron Tringale MC 25 MC
Michael Thompson 17 72
Tyrone Van Aswegen 45 25 MC
Marty Dou Ze Cheng MC Wd MC
Michael Kim MC MC
Seamus Power MC MC 41
Kyle Thompson MC MC MC
Johnson Wagner 17 61
Blayne Barber 25 45
Trey Mullinax 37 20
Tatsuya Kodai 23 33 23 47 33
Brandon Harkins 49 25 20
Ricky Barnes MC 77 MC
Keith Mitchell 54 68 MC
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC
Lanto Griffin MC 61 MC
Conrad Shindler MC 50
Vijay Singh MC
Ryan Blaum MC Wd 20
Rory Sabbatini MC 77 MC
Tyler Duncan 25 50 MC
Tom Lovelady MC MC MC
Cameron Percy 70
Tom Hoge 25 61 7
Zac Blair MC MC 55 MC
Hyung-Sung Kim 45 27 36 15
Andrew Yun MC MC MC
Matt Atkins MC MC MC
John Huh 37 25 57
Ben Crane MC MC
Fabian Gomez 61 45 MC
Bronson Burgoon 70 MC
Greg Chalmers 11 MC MC 68 MC
Jon Curran MC MC MC
Jerry Kelly
Ethan Tracy MC 55 32
Troy Merritt 54 MC 51
Joel Dahmen 49 23 MC
JJ Henry 45 MC
Colt Knost MC
Steve Wheatcroft MC MC MC
Roberto Diaz 61 25 68
KJ Choi 37
Brett Stegmaier MC 61 47
Corey Conners 37 75 68
Peter Malnati MC MC 32
Matt Every MC 61 MC
John Peterson
Sangmoon Bae MC MC
Mark Wilson MC MC
Omar Uresti
Eric Dugas
Tyler Ota
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Jordan Spieth 3 MC
Justin Thomas 1 MC 6
Marc Leishman 20 28 37 5 9 27 20 12
Xander Schauffele MC
Kevin Kisner 4 5 MC* MC MC MC
Brian Harman 20 13 13 32 MC 59
Daniel Berger 45 42 13
Tony Finau 20 64 MC MC
Jason Dufner MC 9 29 MC 56 20 MC
Si Woo Kim 4
Webb Simpson 13 13 13 20 38 46 MC* 9
Russell Henley 13 MC 17 51 1
Zach Johnson 6 9 64 8 MC 54 MC 12 1 32
Kyle Stanley 36 13 67 23 MC
Yusaku Miyazato MC 70 MC MC 40
Satoshi Kodaira 49 MC*
Peter Uihlein
Gary Woodland 6 13 3 MC MC
Bill Haas 13 MC 9 MC
Cameron Smith 27 MC*
Charles Howell 8 13 26 8 3 2 MC 5 4 MC
Wesley Bryan MC
Jimmy Walker MC 13 1 1 26 MC 4 MC 32 61
Keegan Bradley MC MC 49 13 MC
Emiliano Grillo 33
Russell Knox 11 MC 13 MC MC MC
James Hahn 36 28 26 46 67
Shugo Imahira
William McGirt 49 13 MC* 46 19 MC
Kevin Na 36 28 64 8 MC MC 20 52 5 4
Hudson Swafford 13 9 MC 8
Jamie Lovemark 4 7 MC MC
Chez Reavie 8 42 26 MC MC 23 32
Sean O`Hair 11 42 MC MC 2 MC* 12 50
Scott Brown 64 MC 68 MC
Danny Lee 33 MC MC 13 MC
Whee Kim MC* MC*
JJ Spaun MC
Ollie Schniederjans 27
Patton Kizzire MC
Scott Piercy 57 13 2 MC 15 23 MC 12
Jason Kokrak 17 20 72 MC*
Luke List 13 MC MC
Luke Donald 28 51 MC 23
Harold Varner MC 13
Austin Cook
Mac Hughes 27
Stewart Cink 36 42 37 20 MC 29 52 32
Daisuke Kataoka MC 33
Robert Streb 49 17 68 73
Patrick Rodgers MC
Andrew Landry
Jim Herman 10 MC* MC* MC MC MC
Ryan Armour MC
Chris Kirk MC MC 26 2 5 38 30
Chris Stroud MC MC 20 MC 13 45
Morgan Hoffmann MC 13 51 65 67
Kevin Tway MC MC
Ryan Palmer MC 13 17 8 66 MC 52 1
Brian Gay 13 MC 32 31 6 13 25 5 40
Brice Garnett MC 38
Kelly Kraft 27
Talor Gooch
Aaron Baddeley 34 MC
Ted Potter MC MC 13
Brian Stuard 45 MC 6 5 25
Aaron Wise
Billy Hurley 20 MC 38 MC*
Smylie Kaufman MC
Robert Garrigus 33 MC MC MC
Ben Silverman
Rob Oppenheim MC
Chad Campbell MC* 67 MC 41 MC* 13 8 10
Jonathan Randolph MC*
Dominic Bozzelli
Ben Martin 36 50 51 38 MC
Harris English MC 56 3 4 9 67
Sam Ryder
Sam Saunders MC MC
Matt Jones 70 15 MC MC 17
Stephan Jaeger
Abraham Ancer
Richy Werenski 49
Vaughn Taylor 57 MC 25
Nate Lashley
Jonas Blixt MC MC MC 54
Jonathan Byrd MC MC 34 MC* MC
JT Poston 64
Xin Jun Zhang
DA Points 51 6 MC 76
Martin Piller MC
David Hearn MC MC* 51 38 31 10 MC
Beau Hossler
Adam Schenk
Nicholas Lindheim MC
Cody Gribble MC
Cameron Tringale MC MC MC MC MC
Michael Thompson 20 56 MC MC 6 MC
Tyrone Van Aswegen MC 64 61
Marty Dou Ze Cheng
Michael Kim 20 MC
Seamus Power 49
Kyle Thompson MC MC
Johnson Wagner MC MC MC MC MC Won MC MC MC
Blayne Barber 60
Trey Mullinax 57 MC
Tatsuya Kodai
Brandon Harkins
Ricky Barnes MC 56 MC 38 20 MC 62 MC
Keith Mitchell
Andrew Putnam MC
Lanto Griffin
Conrad Shindler
Vijay Singh 57 50 MC MC 20 46 MC 52 45
Ryan Blaum MC*
Rory Sabbatini 45 MC 6 MC 59 29 13 39 12 2
Tyler Duncan
Tom Lovelady
Cameron Percy MC* MC 59 MC
Tom Hoge MC MC*
Zac Blair 57 3 6
Hyung-Sung Kim MC* MC 30 65
Andrew Yun
Matt Atkins
John Huh 27 33 MC* MC* 31 53
Ben Crane MC MC
Fabian Gomez 72 1 MC* 67 MC
Bronson Burgoon MC*
Greg Chalmers MC 51 MC
Jon Curran 69 MC MC
Jerry Kelly MC 9 6 3 MC 29 9 Wd 23 3
Ethan Tracy
Troy Merritt MC MC 30 MC MC 20
Joel Dahmen
JJ Henry MC 70 30 MC
Colt Knost MC MC* 17 MC 23 34 MC
Steve Wheatcroft 67 MC MC* MC
Roberto Diaz
KJ Choi MC 50 44 20 MC 38 MC 39 12 1
Brett Stegmaier MC
Corey Conners
Peter Malnati 27 MC* 38
Matt Every MC Dq 8 MC 6
John Peterson MC 37 20
Sangmoon Bae 51 32 58 29 MC
Mark Wilson MC MC* 51 MC MC 1 20 MC 25
Omar Uresti 8 MC
Eric Dugas MC* MC
Tyler Ota
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