Hawaii Swing Continues! 2019 Sony Open Preview

The Hawaii swing continues on as we head to Honolulu for the 2019 Sony Open! We definitely will not see the views from the Plantation Course, however, we will be able lay on our couch on Sunday and watch these guys tear it up in Paradise.

History:

Last year was quite the tournament. Not sure if you remember but it was right around the time of the North Korean Nuke scare. People were on edge and I’m pretty sure the Golf Channel left Hawaii before the tournament was over.

The prior year, Justin Thomas shot 59 and blew it out of the water! JustinThomas-59

AND…

Michelle Wie was granted 4 separate sponsors exemptions from 2004-2007 to play in this PGA event. I don’t believe she made a single cut lol.

The Course:

The Sony Open is played at Waialae Country Club! Waialea is designed by course architect Seth Reynor. Unfortunately, Seth passed away a year after the course was finished in 1927. Both nines are reversed for only this tournament. From the Championship Tees, it plays around 7,020 yards and the most notable hole on the course is the par 4 10th. It is played as the first hole at the Sony but it is designed after the notable Road Hole at St. Andrews in Scotland.

The Field:

Finally, we have our first full-field event. Coming from Hero World Challenge and Tournament of Champions, it will be awesome to see a full field battling it out for FedEx Cup points. We have some big names: Zach Johnson, Spieth, JT, Bubba, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Kisner, and Jimmy Walker.  Can’t imagine a Sony Open without these two buds relaxing in Paradise. Honestly, Smylie has been battling injuries over the past few years. Very excited to see him back playing to his full potential.

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Predictions: 

Score:

Weather does not look that promising and I bet we see some wind at least two days. Last year, -17 got you into a playoff. The 3 years before that event, the winning for was better than -20. I will say winning score finishes at -23.

Winner: 

Matt Kuchar!  Coming off a HUGE win at the Mayakoba Classic, I think his game is in a good position to win this week. Also, Kuchar just loves Hawaii.

Dark Horse:

Luke Donald! I follow Luke on social media and the dude has been grinding over the last few months. When he was selected as a Vice Captain for the Ryder Cup, I think it really motivated him to get back in the winner circle. People do forget he was number 1 in the world for 40 WEEKS!!! I REALLY want to see a win from Luke this year. He’s such a good guy with arguably one of the best short games on tour

Coverage:

Thursday: 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Friday: 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Sunday: 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Final Thoughts:

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Anyone remember when Robert Allenby was reportedly kidnapped? Be safe out there in Honolulu!!

 

Enjoy Waialae.