The Sony Open is the first full-field event of 2019, and every player will be hoping for a fast start to the year, to set the tone. This week the field is headlined by 2017 champion, Justin Thomas who completed the Hawaii double here two years ago, and is fine spirits after finishing 3rd last week.
Just behind Thomas in the market, and another name that appears to be mentioned every week is, Bryson DeChambeau. If it’s not his one-length irons, it’s the fact he’s putting with the flag in, but most importantly he’s also won a bunch recently. Thomas and DeChambeau finished 3rd and 7th last week respectively and the man that played better them both and was very unlucky not to win, Gary Woodland is also in the field, despite his Grandmother’s passing last week.
Some interesting facts to know:
- Waialae yielded the fourth-most eagles of any course on the PGA Tour last season, with 59 (Glen Abbey was first with 78).
- James Hahn and Patton Kizzire played a six-hole playoff last season (Kizzire won), the longest in tournament history.
- Brian Harman is a combined 57 under in this tournament in the past five years, best of any player in that span.
- Charles Howell III has the most rounds of 66 or lower at Waialae over the previous decade, with 15.
According to latest Odds, this year’s favorites are:
- In the past 10 years, no player with at least 12 rounds played has a better scoring average at Waialae (66.4).
- Is a combined 83 under in Hawaii PGA Tour events since the beginning of 2017, 25 shots better than any other player in that span.
- Has 116 birdies and eagles in Hawaii PGA Tour events during that same span – also 25 more than any other player.
- Ranked second on the PGA Tour last season in birdie or better percentage on par 5s (55.9 percent).
- 2017 champ has been top 15 in each of his three career starts and is coming off a solo third at the Tournament of Champions.
- Led the field in strokes gained: putting, but struggled in some key ball striking statistics, including ranking 19th in strokes gained: tee-to-green.
- Has five wins over the last three PGA Tour seasons. Only JT and DJ have more victories in that span.
- One of just eight players in the past 30 years to win five or more times on the PGA Tour before turning 26 years old.
- Another solid week in Maui, where he led the field in strokes gained putting.
- Ranked second on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting during the 2015-16 season. He was tied for 123rd last season.
- Led the PGA Tour in approach shot proximity from 125 to 150 yards last season (19 feet, 1 inch).
- Has one win and no finish worse than eighth in year-opening events since 2014.