Sony Open in Hawaii 2019: Course and current form guides for Waialae

Waialae: Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae: A different Hawaiian test to last week's event at Kapalua

Check out the latest course and current form stats ahead of this week's PGA Tour event on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, courtesy of Andy Swales....

"Yet course form does not appear to hold any major significance in this event, probably due to the time of year it is staged. With many players still dusting off the cobwebs, following the festive period, it should come as little surprise that six of Waialae's last 10 champions had never previously posted a top-25 finish at the course."

From the wide open fairways of Kapalua, the PGA Tour travels to the shorter, tighter Waialae Country Club for this week's Sony Open.

As many as 23 of the 34 golfers who contested the Tournament of Champions remain in Hawaii, for what will be a completely different test of golf on the island of Oahu.

The fairways are narrower while the greens are smaller, placing a greater emphasis on accuracy.

And unlike the many undulating fairways of the Plantation course, those at Waialae are generally flat.

One feature that should remain consistent from last week will be the coastal breezes, which blow across these vulnerable Pacific islands.

Huge Advantage

However, those who played at Kapalua should still have a huge advantage over the rest of the field.

This is because approximately two-thirds of those taking part have not struck a competitive ball for more than seven weeks.

Justin Thomas, winner of the Sony Open in 2017, stood on the podium at the weekend and will most likely start as favourite at Waialae.

Aussie Marc Leishman, fourth at Kapalua on Sunday, stays in Hawaii along with defending champion Patton Kizzire who finished eighth at the Tournament of Champions.

It is not yet known whether Gary Woodland, who suffered a family bereavement last week, will tee-up at Waialae on Thursday.

If he does, he will face a course on which he has posted three top 10s in his last four visits.

Other players who have enjoyed a string of top-10 finishes here include Charles Howell, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and veteran Jerry Kelly.

Howell and Kuchar competed at Kapalua last week, while former Sony champions Johnson and Kelly did not.

Howell will particularly fancy his chances at Waialae following his victory in Georgia in November, which was his first PGA Tour success in more than 11 and a half years.

Recent Trend

Yet course form does not appear to hold any major significance in this event, probably due to the time of year it is staged.

With many players still dusting off the cobwebs, following the festive period, it should come as little surprise that six of Waialae's last 10 champions had never previously posted a top-25 finish at the course.

Current Form

Two players who finished 2018 strongly were Cameron Smith and Abraham Ancer, although neither qualified for Kapaula.

Smith won the Australian PGA Championship on home soil, while Mexico's Ancer won Australia's national open.

And world No 53 Shugo Imahira ended last year in good shape thanks to eight straight top-15 finishes in Japan, which included a victory at the Bridgestone Open.

In all, the Japanese pro posted seven podium finishes on his home tour during 2018.

Established PGA Tour Venue

Waialae has been around since 1927, making its Tour debut 53 years ago.

It underwent a revamp in the early 1990s and is one of the lowest-scoring venues on the calendar.

The course has more than 80 bunkers and, since the turn of the Millennium, the average winning 72-hole total is 262.5.

Only twice since 2000 has the winner fired a four-round score higher than 266.

Waialae has never been a venue where the shorter drivers on Tour have been at a distinct disadvantage.

Eleven of the most recent 13 winners have been American, with Waialae yet to crown a European champion.

The journey for those who played last week on the island of Maui will have been a comfortable 80 miles.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42
Justin Thomas 3 12 36
Bryson DeChambeau 7 12 1
Patrick Reed 25 11 45 2 7
Jordan Spieth MC 55
Bubba Watson 31 12
Marc Leishman 4 2 18
Paul Casey 16 16 18
Hideki Matsuyama 18 44 46 30 18
Cameron Smith 1 10 54 7
Keegan Bradley 27 15 17 6
Gary Woodland 2 8 41 10 2
Kyle Stanley 22 66
Matt Kuchar 19 23 1 57
Kevin Kisner 7 MC
Ian Poulter 18 51 21 10
Adam Scott 18 10
Kevin Na MC 54 52
Satoshi Kodaira 32 1 41 37
Emiliano Grillo 8 15 14 55
Brandt Snedeker 22 34 30 36
Brian Harman 32 68 72 36
Shugo Imahira 12 8 13 8 12 4 4 1
Abraham Ancer 1 21 4 73
Charles Howell 14 1 MC 61
Si Woo Kim 26 15 23
Pat Perez 6 37 7
Chez Reavie 26 35 7
Zach Johnson 7 MC
Russell Knox 34 23 68
Adam Hadwin 10 30 10
Andrew Putnam 14 17 4 29
Dylan Frittelli 12 MC 5 7 21 54
Stewart Cink MC 70
Jimmy Walker 29
Yuta Ikeda 22 4 MC 7 26 64 Wd
Russell Henley MC 29 MC
Kevin Tway 11 23 52
Danny Lee 2 41
Cameron Champ 11 6 10 28 1
Sung Jae Im 15 37 MC 15 MC 41
Patton Kizzire 8 15 55 67 23
Andrew Landry 22 59 MC
Yuki Inamori 10 49 13 35 32 73 22
Cameron Davis MC 40 48 28 MC
Jason Dufner MC 21 MC 55
Ryan Armour 15 21 54 29
Ted Potter 27 46 14
Sam Burns 37 MC MC 3
Brice Garnett 19 37 5 MC 41
Jason Kokrak 66 67
Whee Kim MC 10 41 72
Brian Gay 23 41 51 61
Patrick Rodgers 2 MC 41 14
Anirban Lahiri 20 MC 10 MC
Sam Ryder MC 54 3
Keith Mitchell MC 65 14
James Hahn 29 28 55
Scott Piercy 19 6 10 5
Jamie Lovemark 65 41 23
Kramer Hickok MC 29 23 MC
Chris Kirk 46 48 41 MC
Rikuya Hoshino 8 MC 4 17 4 15 58
Ollie Schniederjans 74 MC 57
Robert Streb 32 MC 4 26
Troy Merritt 16 34 23 57
Sean O`Hair 46 MC MC
Bill Haas MC 60 14
Sung Kang MC 29 MC 29
Rory Sabbatini 55 MC 20
Joel Dahmen 37 41 69 29
Kelly Kraft MC 38 66
Chase Wright 7 63 MC MC
Steve Stricker
Sam Saunders 59 Wd 26
Grayson Murray Wd MC Wd
Trey Mullinax 65 MC MC
Tom Hoge 37 MC MC MC
Ryan Blaum 4 MC 74 20
Stephan Jaeger MC 16 MC 14
Corey Conners 23 MC MC 2
Brandon Harkins MC 65 10 MC
Adam Schenk 23 48 MC 7
Matt Jones MC 71 57 MC
Michael Kim 32 MC MC 76
Aaron Baddeley 59 MC
Ben Silverman 46 39
Martin Trainer MC MC MC MC
Hudson Swafford 76 55 28 26
Sebastian Munoz MC 64 41 50
Brian Stuard MC MC MC MC 52
Vaughn Taylor MC 26 57 26
Peter Malnati MC MC 15 MC
Kyle Jones 23 MC 71 MC
Nick Taylor 9 MC 36 26
Michael Thompson MC
Scott Langley 23 29 MC 63
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez MC 55 41 63
John Huh MC MC MC MC
Harris English 46 68 36 39
Sangmoon Bae 59 MC MC
Talor Gooch MC 14
Scott Brown 32 68 MC
Shawn Stefani MC MC MC 7
JT Poston MC 21 MC 54
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 29 MC 35 61
Julian Etulain MC MC
Seamus Power MC MC MC 19
Nicholas Lindheim Wd 26
Ben Martin
Wyndham Clark 65 MC 57 54
Martin Piller 32 54
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC
Chris Thompson MC 45
Tyler Duncan 74 38 MC MC
Brady Schnell MC 45
Carlos Ortiz MC MC MC 3
Adam Long MC MC
Jonas Blixt MC 60 MC 35
Josh Teater MC 48 MC MC
Dominic Bozzelli 11 48 41
Wes Roach MC 41 45
Sepp Straka MC MC
Johnson Wagner 54 35
Joey Garber MC MC
Alex Prugh MC MC 57 39
Adam Svensson MC MC MC 39
Seth Reeves 71 29 73 7
Takumi Kanaya 17 MC
Roger Sloan 70 MC MC MC
Nate Lashley 59 20
David Hearn 15 MC
Curtis Luck MC MC MC MC 50
John Chin MC MC MC 45
Hank Lebioda 32 MC
Luke Donald
Fabian Gomez 37 MC 70
Jim Knous MC MC
JJ Henry MC 50
Jim Herman MC MC MC
Steve Marino 29 MC
Roberto Diaz MC 57 MC
Kenny Perry MC
Yong-Eun Yang 14 4 48 40 9 34 26
Vijay Singh
Max Homa MC MC MC MC
Davis Love 65 57
Jerry Kelly
Colt Knost
Eric Dugas
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Justin Thomas 14 1 MC 6
Bryson DeChambeau 49
Patrick Reed MC
Jordan Spieth 18 3 MC
Bubba Watson 46 MC
Marc Leishman 47 20 28 37 5 9 27 20 12
Paul Casey MC 30
Hideki Matsuyama 27 MC* MC MC MC
Cameron Smith 18 27 MC*
Keegan Bradley 39 MC MC 49 13 MC
Gary Woodland 7 6 13 3 MC MC
Kyle Stanley 10 36 13 67 23 MC
Matt Kuchar 13 3 8 5 5 MC MC
Kevin Kisner 25 4 5 MC* MC MC MC
Ian Poulter
Adam Scott 56 8 MC 2
Kevin Na MC 36 28 64 8 MC MC 20 52 5
Satoshi Kodaira MC 49 MC*
Emiliano Grillo 47 33
Brandt Snedeker MC 2
Brian Harman 4 20 13 13 32 MC 59
Shugo Imahira 54
Abraham Ancer MC
Charles Howell 32 8 13 26 8 3 2 MC 5 4
Si Woo Kim 58 4
Pat Perez 69 MC* 17 8 9 46 MC 46 MC
Chez Reavie 18 8 42 26 MC MC 23
Zach Johnson 14 6 9 64 8 MC 54 MC 12 1
Russell Knox 10 11 MC 13 MC MC MC
Adam Hadwin 67 MC
Andrew Putnam 69 MC
Dylan Frittelli
Stewart Cink 32 36 42 37 20 MC 29 52 32
Jimmy Walker MC MC 13 1 1 26 MC 4 MC 32
Yuta Ikeda MC MC MC
Russell Henley MC 13 MC 17 51 1
Kevin Tway 69 MC MC
Danny Lee MC 33 MC MC 13 MC
Cameron Champ
Sung Jae Im
Patton Kizzire 1 MC
Andrew Landry MC
Yuki Inamori
Cameron Davis
Jason Dufner 18 MC 9 29 MC 56 20 MC
Ryan Armour 39
Ted Potter MC MC MC 13
Sam Burns
Brice Garnett MC MC 38
Jason Kokrak 47 17 20 72 MC*
Whee Kim MC MC* MC*
Brian Gay 58 13 MC 32 31 6 13 25 5
Patrick Rodgers Wd MC
Anirban Lahiri MC
Sam Ryder 58
Keith Mitchell 25
James Hahn 2 36 28 26 46 67
Scott Piercy 25 57 13 2 MC 15 23 MC 12
Jamie Lovemark MC 4 7 MC MC
Kramer Hickok
Chris Kirk 10 MC MC 26 2 5 38 30
Rikuya Hoshino
Ollie Schniederjans 7 27
Robert Streb MC 49 17 68 73
Troy Merritt MC MC MC 30 MC MC 20
Sean O`Hair MC 11 42 MC MC 2 MC* 12
Bill Haas MC 13 MC 9
Sung Kang MC MC MC MC
Rory Sabbatini 32 45 MC 6 MC 59 29 13 39 12
Joel Dahmen 73
Kelly Kraft MC 27
Chase Wright
Steve Stricker 64 38 9 3 23
Sam Saunders 25 MC MC
Grayson Murray
Trey Mullinax 57 MC
Tom Hoge 3 MC MC*
Ryan Blaum 10 MC*
Stephan Jaeger 54
Corey Conners 39
Brandon Harkins 25
Adam Schenk 39
Matt Jones 39 70 15 MC MC
Michael Kim MC 20 MC
Aaron Baddeley MC 34
Ben Silverman MC
Martin Trainer MC
Hudson Swafford 54 13 9 MC 8
Sebastian Munoz
Brian Stuard 4 45 MC 6 5 25
Vaughn Taylor 76 57 MC
Peter Malnati MC 27 MC* 38
Kyle Jones
Nick Taylor MC 74 68
Michael Thompson MC 20 56 MC MC 6 MC
Scott Langley 30 MC 3
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
John Huh MC 27 33 MC* MC* 31 53
Harris English 64 MC 56 3 4 9 67
Sangmoon Bae MC 51 32 58 29 MC
Talor Gooch 18
Scott Brown 65 64 MC 68 MC
Shawn Stefani 36 50 6 59
JT Poston 64
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Julian Etulain
Seamus Power 54 49
Nicholas Lindheim 32 MC
Ben Martin 7 36 50 51 38 MC
Wyndham Clark
Martin Piller MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC 27
Chris Thompson
Tyler Duncan MC
Brady Schnell
Carlos Ortiz MC MC
Adam Long
Jonas Blixt MC MC MC MC 54
Josh Teater MC 15 38 MC MC
Dominic Bozzelli 39
Wes Roach MC
Sepp Straka
Johnson Wagner MC MC MC MC MC 1 MC MC MC
Joey Garber
Alex Prugh MC MC 20 MC*
Adam Svensson
Seth Reeves
Takumi Kanaya
Roger Sloan 67
Nate Lashley 39
David Hearn MC MC* 51 38 31 10 MC
Curtis Luck
John Chin MC
Hank Lebioda
Luke Donald MC 28 51 MC 23
Fabian Gomez MC 72 1 MC* 67 MC
Jim Knous
JJ Henry MC MC 70 30 MC
Jim Herman MC 10 MC* MC* MC MC MC
Steve Marino MC 59 MC 2 7
Roberto Diaz 47
Kenny Perry 37 MC 59
Yong-Eun Yang 27 51 20 46
Vijay Singh MC 57 50 MC MC 20 46 MC 52
Max Homa 6
Davis Love MC* MC MC MC 9 5 MC
Jerry Kelly 14 MC 9 6 3 MC 29 9 Wd 23
Colt Knost 69 MC MC* 17 MC 23 34 MC
Eric Dugas MC MC* MC

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