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PGA - Sony Open in Hawaii Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, January 9th through Sunday, January 12th
SITE: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
COURSE ARCHITECT: Seth Raynor (1927), Rick Smith (1999)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,044
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 480 Yds10 - Par 4 351 Yds
2 - Par 4 423 Yds11 - Par 3 194 Yds
3 - Par 4 422 Yds12 - Par 4 440 Yds
4 - Par 3 204 Yds13 - Par 4 477 Yds
5 - Par 4 467 Yds14 - Par 4 430 Yds
6 - Par 4 460 Yds15 - Par 4 398 Yds
7 - Par 3 176 Yds16 - Par 4 417 Yds
8 - Par 4 454 Yds17 - Par 3 194 Yds
9 - Par 5 506 Yds18 - Par 5 551 Yds
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35 3,592 Yds35 3,452 Yds
 
Annual:  49th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 7-10:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-10 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Russell Henley
Runner-Up:  Tim Clark
Tournament Record:  256 (Russell Henley, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Russell Henley, Scott Langley, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Russell Henley, 2013)
Course Record:  60 (Davis Love III, 1994)
Total Purse:  $5,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,008,000; 2nd Place - $604,800; 3rd Place - $380,800
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Russell Henley256Matt Kuchar264
Tim Clark259Brian Stuard264
Charles Howell III263Jeff Overton265
Scott Langley263Four players at266
Chris Kirk264
 
Past Sony Open in Hawaii Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Russell Henley (256) -- Tim Clark
2012Johnson Wagner (267) -- Harrison Frazar, Charles Howell III,
Sean O'Hair, Carl Pettersson
2011Mark Wilson (264) -- Tim Clark, Steve Marino
2010Ryan Palmer (265) -- Robert Allenby
2009Zach Johnson (265) -- David Toms, Adam Scott
2008K.J. Choi (266) -- Rory Sabbatini
2007Paul Goydos (266) -- Luke Donald, Charles Howell III
2006David Toms (261) -- Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini
2005Vijay Singh (269) -- Ernie Els
2004*Ernie Els (262) -- Harrison Frazar
2003*Ernie Els (264) -- Aaron Baddeley
2002Jerry Kelly (266) -- John Cook
2001Brad Faxon (260) -- Tom Lehman
2000Paul Azinger (261) -- Stuart Appleby
1999Jeff Sluman (271) -- Chris Perry, Len Mattiace, Jeff Maggert,
Tommy Tolles, Davis Love III
1998John Huston (260) -- Tom Watson
1997*Paul Stankowski (271) -- Jim Furyk, Mike Reid
1996*Jim Furyk (277) -- Brad Faxon
1995John Morse (269) -- Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf
1994Brett Ogle (269) -- Davis Love III
1993Howard Twitty (269) -- Joey Sindelar
1992John Cook (265) -- Paul Azinger
1991Lanny Wadkins (270) -- John Cook
1990David Ishii (279) -- Paul Azinger
1989#Gene Sauers (197) -- David Ogrin
1988Lanny Wadkins (271) -- Richard Zokol
1987*Corey Pavin (270) -- Craig Stadler
1986Corey Pavin (272) -- Paul Azinger
1985Mark O'Meara (267) -- Craig Stadler
1984*Jack Renner (271) -- Wayne Levi
1983Isao Aoki (268) -- Jack Renner
1982Lanny Wadkins (280) -- Scott Simpson
1981Hale Irwin (265) -- Don January
1980Andy Bean (266) -- Lee Trevino
1979Hubert Green (267) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1978*Hubert Green (274) -- Bill Kratzert
1977Bruce Lietzke (273) -- Don January, Takashi Murakami
1976Ben Crenshaw (270) -- Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson
1975Gary Groh (274) -- Al Geiberger
1974Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Eddie Pearce
1973John Schlee (273) -- Orville Moody
1972*Grier Jones (274) -- Bob Murphy
1971Tom Shaw (273) -- Miller Barber
1970Not Held
1969Bruce Crampton (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1968Lee Trevino (272) -- George Archer
1967Dudley Wysong (284) -- Billy Casper
1966Ted Makalena (271) -- Gay Brewer, Billy Casper
1965*Gay Brewer (281) -- Bob Goalby

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called United Hawaiian Open (1991), Hawaiian Open (1965-90),
United Airlines Hawaiian Open (1992-98).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Russell Henley---------------------------Won
Tim Clark---------------T-12T-25T-2---2nd
Charles Howell IIIT-27T-3T-53T-2T-694thT-5T-68T-2T-3
Matt Kucharmc------mc65thmcmcT-5---T-5
Vijay SinghT-10Won6thT-34T-45---T-52mcT-46T-20
Brian GayT-36T-33---T-54T-40T-5T-25T-13T-6T-31
Sang-Moon Bae---------------mc------T-2958th
Carl Petterssonmc---T-10mcT-25mcT-5mcT-2T-59
Rory SabbatiniwdT-42T-2T-342ndT-12T-39T-13T-29T-59
Ryan PalmerT-64T-28mcmc------Won52ndmc66th
Johnson Wagner---------T-34---mcmcmcWonmc
K.J. Choi------T-13T-4WonT-12T-39mcT-38mc
Zach JohnsonmcT-47------T-32WonT-12mcT-54mc
Mark Wilson------------T-25mcT-20Wonmcmc
Hideki Matsuyama---------------------mcmcmc
Jason DufnerT-41------T-13---mcT-2056thmc---
Adam ScottmcT-20T-18------T-2---mc------
Jordan Spieth------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jordan Spieth
Darkhorse - Woody Austin
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kuchar) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Harris English) - Finished tied for 11th
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii this week for the first full-field event of the 2014 season, the Sony Open in Hawaii. The field is led by 2013 Masters champion and world No. 2 Adam Scott, and last week's winner Zach Johnson.

Johnson won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last week for his 11th PGA Tour victory. He is now ranked No. 7 in the world, the highest ranking of his career. Scott finished tied for sixth last week.

Charles Howell III has played well at this tournament despite never posting a victory. He has seven top-5 finishes in 12 career starts -- 4th (2002), T-3 (2005), T-2 (2007), 4th (2009), T-5 (2010), T-2 (2012), T-3 (2013). Howell has never missed the cut.

Past champions of this tournament read like a who's who in golf -- with Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Mark O'Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Jim Furyk, Paul Azinger, David Toms and Zach Johnson. In all, 16 major championship winners have captured this event.

This tournament has been held at its present site since its inception in 1965 and changed names in 1999 to the Sony Open in Hawaii. The tournament was previously known as the Hawaiian Open from 1965-98. Waialae Country Club's golf course nestles between the majestic Koolau mountain range on the north and blue Pacific Ocean on the south. Established in the late 1920's, Waialae was first groomed as an amenity for the guests of Waikiki's Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The beach adjacent to the eighth hole at Waialae was used to film a scene from the movie "From Here to Eternity."

Last year, PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley birdied the final five holes en route to a 7-under 63 in the final round and a 3-stroke win over Tim Clark. Henley, who was making his third career PGA Tour start and first as a tour member, smashed the tournament scoring record with his total of 24-under 256. After setting the 36- and 54-hole scoring marks, Henley broke the 72-hole mark by four strokes. His total of 256 was the lowest in PGA Tour history by a rookie and matched the second-lowest score in PGA Tour history in a 72-hole event.

K.J. Choi fired rounds of 64-65-66 in 2008 before hanging on with a 1-over 71 in the final round to pick up the win. Choi drained his first birdie of the final round at the 18th hole to complete the 3-stroke victory at 14-under-par 266. He became the sixth player to win this title in wire-to-wire fashion. Choi won for the fifth time in five tries after holding the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. With his final-round 71 in 2008, Choi became the first player since 1987 to shoot an over-par round at this event and still capture the title.

Paul Goydos collected three birdies in the final four holes in 2007 to win his first tournament in 11 years. Goydos closed with a 3-under 67 to win by one stroke over Luke Donald and Howell for his second PGA Tour victory. Goydos hit the pin with a chip from 25 feet out on the final hole to set up a birdie from tap-in range, winning his first event since the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational. He finished at 14-under-par 266.

Hawaiian Tadd Fujikawa became the second-youngest player in PGA Tour history to make a cut in 2007. Fujikawa finished in a tie for 20th at the age of 16 years and four days.

With his win in 2004, Ernie Els joined Corey Pavin (1986-87) and Hubert Green (1978-79) as the only players to repeat as champion. Lanny Wadkins is the only three-time winner, capturing the title in 1982, 1988 and 1991.

There have been nine playoffs in the tournament's rich history, with the last coming in 2004 when Els defeated Harrison Frazar. Players who have held or shared the third-round lead have gone on to win 25 of the 48 tournaments.

Nine players have won both of the PGA Tour's Hawaii events at least once - Nicklaus (1974 Sony; 1963-64, 1971, 1973, 1977 Tournament of Champions); Trevino (1968 Sony; 1981 Tournament of Champions); Lanny Wadkins (1988, 1991 Sony; 1982-83 Tournament of Champions); Azinger (1991 Sony; 1990 Tournament of Champions); O'Meara (1985 Sony; 1996 Tournament of Champions); Furyk (1996 Sony; 2001 Tournament of Champions); Els (2003-04 Sony; 2003 Tournament of Champions); Singh (2005 Sony; 2007 Tournament of Champions); Zach Johnson (2009 Sony; 2014 Tournament of Champions).

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to the mainland of the United States, as Brian Gay defends his title at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic.

01/07 15:18:05 ET

As of January 7, 2014, at 03:18 PM ET

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