Another Week In Paradise For The PGA Tour In Hawaii
Course: Waialae CC. Yardage: 7,044. Par: 70.
Prize money: $6.6 million. Winner’s share: $1,188,000.
Television: Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Cameron Smith.
FedEx Cup leader: Dustin Johnson.
Last tournament: Harris English won the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Notes: The field features 32 of the 42 players who were at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui last week. Among those missing are the top three in the world Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. … This is the 23rd consecutive year of back-to-back events in Hawaii. Ernie Els in 2003 and Justin Thomas in 2017 are the only players to win them both in the same year. … The Sony Open will not have spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Three of the last five years, the Sony Open has been decided in a playoff. The other two years it was won by four shots or more. … Thomas set the PGA Tour scoring record in 2017 at the Sony Open with a 253. … The field features seven players from the PGA Tour Champions, including past Sony Open champions Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Jerry Kelly and K.J. Choi. The PGA Tour Champions begins its new year next week on the Big Island. … Jim Herman, who missed the Tournament of Champions while recovering from the coronavirus, is in the field. … Sergio Garcia is playing the Sony Open for the first time since 2003.
Next week: The American Express.
Last tournament: Jin Young Ko won the CME Group Tour Championship.
Next week: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 16-19.
Race to CME Globe winner: Jin Young Ko.
Last tournament: Matt Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Championship.
Next week: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Jan. 16-19.
Race to Dubai winner: Lee Westwood.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last tournament: Kevin Sutherland won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Next week: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Jan. 21-23.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Last tournament: Trey Mullinax won the Orange County National Championship.
Next tournament: Lecom Suncoast Classic on Feb. 18-21.
Points leaders: Will Zalatoris.