Sony Open in Hawaii 2022: Preview stats for this week's tournament in Honolulu

Waialae was the lowest scoring venue on the 2021 PGA Tour schedule
Compared to the wide open spaces of Kapalua, this week's Hawaiian layout is compact

The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii, as it island-hops from Maui to Oahu for this week's event at Waialae Country Club. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"Six of the last nine winners of this tournament have posted 72-hole totals of 260 or less, so a hot putter will be required again this week."

Waialae has been the sole venue for this tournament since the Hawaiian Open made its PGA Tour debut in November 1965.

This year's edition has attracted five of the world's top-20 golfers, highlighted by the visits of world number eight Bryson DeChambeau and reigning Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama.

The winner of last week's tournament at Kapalua, Cameron Smith, is also teeing-up on Thursday.

More than half of those who played in the Sentry Tournament of Champions have made the 75-mile trip to compete at Waialae.

Course characteristics

Opening for business in 1927, Waialae offers a sharp contrast to the venue which hosted last week's tournament at Kapalua.

It is both shorter and tighter, as well as flatter, with players needing to deliver greater accuracy from the tee.

Although Waialae has plenty of trees dotted across its layout, it can hardly be described as surrounded by dense vegetation - far from it.

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And, as can be viewed from the stats listed below, this week's event has yielded plenty of low scores in recent years.

Six of the last nine winners of this tournament have posted 72-hole totals of 260 or less, so a hot putter will be required again this week.

To illustrate how low the scoring is likely to be; of the 106 golfers to have completed 10 or more competitive rounds at Waialae since the start of 2016, the worst stroke average is 70.60.

Stroke Averages at Waialae


Lowest 12 Averages (1.1.16 thru 31.12.21)
66.55: Webb Simpson (20)
66.96: Charles Howell (24)
67.08: Marc Leishman (24)
67.13: Patton Kizzire (16)
67.14: Kevin Na (14)
67.17: Matt Kuchar (12)
67.29: Kevin Kisner (24)
67.30: Stewart Cink (20)
67.42: Corey Conners (12)
67.42: Hudson Swafford (24)
67.43: Si Woo Kim (14)
67.45: Chez Reavie (22)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10
Only those entered this week are included in table

Tournament Averages in 2021


Lowest 12 on PGA Tour (1.1.21 thru 31.12.21)
(Field size in brackets)
67.97: Waialae (144)
68.43: The Summit Club (78)
68.81: East Lake (30)
68.88: Sedgefield (156)
68.93: TPC Summerlin (144)
69.05: TPC Southwind (66)
69.10: El Camaleon (132)
69.20: Caves Valley (69)
69.32: Kapalua (Plantation) (42)
69.45: TPC Scottsdale (132)
69.51: TPC Deere Run (156)
69.56: Sea Island (Seaside) (156)

Lowest 10 Averages Since January 1st, 2016
67.88: Aronimink (2018)
67.97: Waialae (2021)
68.18: Sedgefield (2019)
68.31: Waialae (2017)
68.34: TPC Summerlin (2020)
68.43: The Summit Club (2021)
68.50: Waialae (2016)
68.63: TPC River Highlands (2020)
68.69: Sedgefield (2018)
68.78: Sedgefield (2020)

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Five to Watch

Corey Conners: A solid and accurate performer off the tee, which are skills that will assist him greatly at this week's tight venue. He tees-up for the first time since mid-November.

Matt Jones: Finished strongly last week to stand on the podium at Kapalua. He tied-11th at Waialae 12 months ago.

Kevin Kisner: Put together four solid rounds in the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish inside the top-10, and has posted a trio of T-5s at Waialae from last six visits.

Marc Leishman: The second highest-ranked Australian in world golf opened his 2022 account with a tied-10th at Kapalua - and was tied-fourth in Honolulu last year.

Webb Simpson: Top-four finishes in each of his last three trips to Waialae where his stroke average since the beginning of 2016 is an impressive 66.55.

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Last 10 Weeks / Waialae (2012-21)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45
Bryson DeChambeau 25 14
Harris English 30 14 MC
Abraham Ancer 35 14 27 7
Hideki Matsuyama 13
Jason Kokrak 38 1
Cameron Smith 1 4 15
Billy Horschel 23 32 33
Sung Jae Im 8 19
Webb Simpson 17 8
Kevin Na 13
Talor Gooch 15 1 60 11
Marc Leishman 10 19
Corey Conners 22
Lucas Herbert 37 21 MC
Kevin Kisner 8 MC
Ryan Palmer 26 27
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 6 32 MC 15
Takumi Kanaya 3 4 31 2 7
Si Woo Kim 23
Stewart Cink 21 MC MC
Russell Henley 22 7 56
Garrick Higgo 25 MC 21 64
Brian Harman 61 54 MC
Chan Kim 22 45 1 47 30
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 33
Erik van Rooyen 25 54
Branden Grace 33 MC MC
Maverick McNealy 19 11
Seamus Power 15 4 MC 11
Cameron Davis 10 MC MC
Keegan Bradley MC 70
Keith Mitchell 12 41 56
Joel Dahmen 28 29 5 45
Emiliano Grillo MC MC
Chris Kirk MC 64
Rikuya Hoshino 6 26 5 28 11
Aaron Rai 16 19 15
Brendan Steele 51 69
Matt Jones 3 MC MC
Troy Merritt 22 15
Lanto Griffin 40 64
Tom Hoge 4 46 56
Rory Sabbatini Dq MC
Matt Kuchar 37 22
Lucas Glover 35 MC
Robert Streb MC 7
Brendon Todd MC 11
Stephan Jaeger MC 35 MC
Cameron Young 29
Kramer Hickok MC 4 MC
Harry Higgs MC 50
Adam Long 16 11 22
Patton Kizzire MC 56
Adam Schenk 29 MC
Greyson Sigg MC MC 33
Andrew Putnam MC 41 64
Henrik Norlander MC 67 45
Hudson Swafford MC 35 33
Hayden Buckley MC
JT Poston MC MC MC
Zach Johnson 16 54 MC
Chad Ramey MC MC
Michael Thompson 57 15
Denny McCarthy 10 11 15
Adam Svensson MC MC 45
David Lipsky MC MC MC
Brandt Snedeker 47 MC 56
Richy Werenski MC 50 MC
Hank Lebioda MC 15 MC
Joseph Bramlett MC MC MC
Chez Reavie 26 41 33
Keita Nakajima 15 14
Scott Piercy 70 19 40
Charles Howell 16 33
Jim Herman 47 54
Sepp Straka MC MC 33
Taylor Pendrith 26 MC MC
Kevin Tway MC 2 56
Roger Sloan 61 MC MC
Sam Ryder MC MC MC
David Skinns 29
Kurt Kitayama MC
Trey Mullinax MC MC MC
Brian Stuard MC 66 27
Mark Hubbard
Peter Malnati 40 MC MC
Max McGreevy 16 19
Vince Whaley 63 15 64
Kyle Stanley 69 MC MC
Pat Perez MC MC
Ryan Moore MC
Peter Uihlein MC MC
Joshua Creel 40
John Huh 12 MC 15
Seth Reeves MC
JJ Spaun 16 46 27
Nate Lashley 51 MC MC
Lee Hodges 57 46
Russell Knox 40 MC MC
Andrew Novak 26 22
Ryan Armour MC
Satoshi Kodaira 17 5 10 56
Paul Barjon MC MC
Brice Garnett MC 50 MC
Camilo Villegas MC MC
Chesson Hadley MC MC
Alex Smalley MC 15
Graeme McDowell MC MC MC
Jimmy Walker MC MC MC
Austin Smotherman 40
Bo Hoag
Austin Cook MC
Brandon Wu MC
Nick Hardy 63
Sung Kang 63 Wd MC
Dylan Wu 51
Chase Seiffert
Davis Riley MC 29 MC
Curtis Thompson MC MC
Tyler Duncan MC 29 45
Justin Lower MC
Beau Hossler
Sahith Theegala MC 61
Cameron Percy
Bo Van Pelt
Brian Gay 40 MC MC
Jared Wolfe 63 MC
Vaughn Taylor MC
Brett Drewitt MC
Michael Gligic 29
Dawie van der Walt MC MC
Ben Kohles MC
Hao Tong Li
Callum Tarren MC
Wesley Bryan
Luke Donald MC MC
Martin Trainer MC 5 MC
Scott Gutschewski MC
Bill Haas 47 MC 45
Kevin Chappell
Jim Knous
Kelly Kraft MC 29 Wd
Jim Furyk
William McGirt 51
Jerry Kelly
Omar Uresti
Peter Jung
Garrett Okamura
Parker McLachlin
Kevin Carll
Player `21 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12
Bryson DeChambeau 10 49
Harris English 32 22 64 MC 56 3 4 9 67
Abraham Ancer MC 38 29 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 19 12 51 27 MC* MC MC
Jason Kokrak 56 47 17 20 72 MC*
Cameron Smith 62 1 22 18 27 MC*
Billy Horschel 7 68 54
Sung Jae Im 56 21 16
Webb Simpson 4 3 4 13 13 13 20 38
Kevin Na 1 MC 36 28 64 8 MC MC
Talor Gooch MC 63 MC 18
Marc Leishman 4 28 3 47 20 28 37 5 9
Corey Conners 12 3 39
Lucas Herbert
Kevin Kisner 32 4 69 25 4 5 MC* MC MC
Ryan Palmer 41 4 58 MC 13 17 8 66 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Takumi Kanaya MC MC
Si Woo Kim 25 MC 58 4
Stewart Cink 19 20 32 36 42 37 20 MC 29
Russell Henley 11 MC 66 MC 13 MC 17 51 1
Garrick Higgo
Brian Harman 56 32 MC 4 20 13 13 32 MC 59
Chan Kim
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 19 MC MC
Erik van Rooyen MC
Branden Grace MC 13
Maverick McNealy
Seamus Power MC MC 54 49
Cameron Davis 31 9 MC
Keegan Bradley MC 12 29 39 MC MC 49 13
Keith Mitchell 14 MC 16 25
Joel Dahmen 12 22 73
Emiliano Grillo 47 21 22 47 33
Chris Kirk 2 MC MC 10 MC MC 26 2 5 38
Rikuya Hoshino 45 67
Aaron Rai
Brendan Steele 4 2
Matt Jones 11 38 29 39 70 15
Troy Merritt 56 MC MC MC MC MC 30 MC
Lanto Griffin 41 7 58
Tom Hoge MC 12 MC 3 MC MC*
Rory Sabbatini MC 21 33 32 45 MC 6 MC 59 29
Matt Kuchar MC MC 1 13 3 8 5
Lucas Glover 50 MC*
Robert Streb 67 MC MC MC 49 17 68 73
Brendon Todd 41 21 MC 44 20 13
Stephan Jaeger 43 54
Cameron Young
Kramer Hickok 19 45 MC
Harry Higgs 32 57
Adam Long MC MC
Patton Kizzire 7 MC 13 1 MC
Adam Schenk MC MC MC 39
Greyson Sigg
Andrew Putnam MC 57 2 69 MC
Henrik Norlander MC 9 20 MC 41
Hudson Swafford 25 57 3 54 13 9 MC 8
Hayden Buckley
JT Poston MC MC 20 64
Zach Johnson 62 28 MC 14 6 9 64 8 MC 54
Chad Ramey
Michael Thompson 25 38 69 MC 20 56 MC MC 6
Denny McCarthy
Adam Svensson 43
David Lipsky
Brandt Snedeker MC 12 16 MC 2
Richy Werenski MC MC 49
Hank Lebioda MC MC 43
Joseph Bramlett 45
Chez Reavie 67 MC 3 18 8 42 26 MC
Keita Nakajima
Scott Piercy MC 45 33 25 57 13 2 MC 15 23
Charles Howell 19 12 8 32 8 13 26 8 3 2
Jim Herman 32 MC 43 MC 10 MC* MC* MC MC
Sepp Straka 25 53 MC
Taylor Pendrith
Kevin Tway MC MC MC 69 MC MC
Roger Sloan MC MC 33 67
Sam Ryder MC 28 MC 58
David Skinns
Kurt Kitayama
Trey Mullinax 57 57 MC
Brian Stuard 47 53 8 4 45 MC 6 5
Mark Hubbard 32 MC MC 56 60
Peter Malnati 14 12 MC MC 27 MC* 38
Max McGreevy
Vince Whaley MC
Kyle Stanley MC MC 22 10 36 13 67 23
Pat Perez 32 45 MC 69 MC* 17 8 9 46
Ryan Moore MC
Peter Uihlein MC
Joshua Creel
John Huh MC MC 27 33 MC* MC* 31 53
Seth Reeves MC
JJ Spaun MC MC 47 MC
Nate Lashley MC 53 39
Lee Hodges
Russell Knox MC 32 43 10 11 MC 13 MC MC MC
Andrew Novak
Ryan Armour 32 MC 22 39
Satoshi Kodaira 56 66 MC MC 49 MC*
Paul Barjon
Brice Garnett 32 MC 33 MC MC 38
Camilo Villegas MC MC 44
Chesson Hadley MC MC
Alex Smalley
Graeme McDowell 4 MC
Jimmy Walker MC 45 51 MC MC 13 1 1 26 MC
Austin Smotherman
Bo Hoag MC 9
Austin Cook 47 18
Brandon Wu
Nick Hardy 14
Sung Kang MC MC 10 MC MC MC
Dylan Wu
Chase Seiffert MC 38
Davis Riley
Curtis Thompson MC
Tyler Duncan MC 57 MC
Justin Lower
Beau Hossler MC
Sahith Theegala
Cameron Percy MC MC* MC 59
Bo Van Pelt MC MC MC
Brian Gay 72 MC 22 58 13 MC 32 31 6
Jared Wolfe
Vaughn Taylor 25 12 MC 76 57
Brett Drewitt
Michael Gligic MC MC
Dawie van der Walt MC
Ben Kohles 41
Hao Tong Li MC
Callum Tarren
Wesley Bryan 32 32 MC
Luke Donald MC MC 28 51
Martin Trainer 47 MC MC* MC
Scott Gutschewski
Bill Haas MC MC 13
Kevin Chappell 59
Jim Knous 51
Kelly Kraft MC MC 27
Jim Furyk 47
William McGirt MC 65 49 13 MC* 46 19
Jerry Kelly 73 45 MC 14 MC 9 6 3 MC 29
Omar Uresti MC
Peter Jung MC
Garrett Okamura MC MC
Parker McLachlin MC MC MC MC MC
Kevin Carll MC

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