Sony Open 2019 : Defending champion Patton Kizzire and 2017 winner Justin Thomas will be among the favorites to win the first full-field tournament of the 2019 calendar year, this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii on the shores of Oahu, Hawaii.
Sony Open in Hawaii
January 10 – 13, 2019
Waialae CC – Honolulu, HI
Par : 70
Yards : 7044
Thomas is coming off a final-round 65 and a third-place finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Kizzire is also trending in the right direction after a T8 at the Sentry last week.
The Golf Channel will carry primetime coverage from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET for each of the first three rounds. Final-round coverage will start an hour earlier. PGA TOUR Radio’s coverage is from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern all four days (coverage ends at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday).
Here’s a look at some of the Featured Groups for Thursday’s first round at Waialae (current FedExCup ranking in parentheses):
Hideki Matsuyama (100) – The Sony Open always includes a strong Japanese contingent, highlighted by Matusyama. He has been competing at the tournament since his amateur days, but a T27 here two years ago is his best finish in five starts. He is making his first start of the calendar year after two top-30 finishes in the Asian Swing.
Marc Leishman (3) – Leishman is third in the FedExCup after winning the CIMB Classic and finishing fourth at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. He and Matsuyama are an important part of the International Team’s core for this year’s Presidents Cup.
Ian Poulter (47) – Poulter, who’s known for his success in another international team competition, has played the Sony just once previously, missing the cut in 2005.
Round 1 tee time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern off No. 1 (12:30 p.m. local) off No. 1; Round 2 tee time: 12:50 p.m. Eastern off No. 10 (7:50 a.m. local).
Justin Thomas (20) – Two years ago, Thomas shot a first-round 59 en route to winning at Waialae and setting the TOUR’s 72-hole scoring record. Thomas has two top-5 finishes in three starts this season, including a third-place finish at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Matt Kuchar (9) – Kuchar’s win at this season’s Mayakoba Golf Classic was his first since the 2014 RBC Heritage. His worst finish in his past five Sony Open starts is T13, including four consecutive top-10s.
Charles Howell III (4) – Howell, who ended his own winless drought at The RSM Classic, is a consistent contender at Waialae. He’s finished in the top 10 in nine of 17 starts, including four top-3 finishes. He’s still seeking his first Sony win, though. Howell has shot in the 60s in 27 of his previous 28 rounds at Waialae.