Golf Rankings for Sony Open in Hawaii
Last week’s winner after 54-holes has made two starts at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Most recently Johnson placed T16 in 2010 after a T10 in his Sony debut back in 2008. DJ has now won a tournament in each of his first six seasons on Tour, including three victories in shortened affairs.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #19
In 2009 Simpson recorded a T9 finish in his Waialae debut, but has placed outside of the top 35 each of the last three years. Last week he finished T11 at Kapalua. Simpson fired a 66 in the opening round of last year’s Sony, but struggled in the middle two rounds.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
Kuchar finished a career-best T5 at Waialae in 2011, but skipped this event last year. Last week he improved in each of the three rounds that were played at Kapalua and allowed him to finish T9.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56
Howell has made 11 straight starts at Waialae, many coming with impressive results. He’s totaled six top-five finishes, including three of the last four in the Sony. Last year CH3 earned a share of second, matching a career best.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #14
A year ago Bradley finished T13 in his second career start at Waialae. He’s coming off top-five finish in the season opener and had a chance for even more, but his slide on the back nine held him back.
Carl Pettersson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34
Over the last four seasons Pettersson has finished T2 and T5 in the even years, yet missed the cut in the odd years. He just left Kapalua with a solo eighth and is worth utilizing when he’s on such a streak.
Tim Clark [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #53
Clark had a rough start to the 2012 season after returning from an elbow issue. He would eventually recover, finishing 15th or better in four straight events late in the season prior to missing two of his last three cuts. He made three straight starts at Waialae from 2009-11, highlighted by a share of second in the most recent outing.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #73
After de Jonge missed three straight cuts at Waialae, he went on to finish with T10 and T20 finishes the last two years. He’s also coming a Fall Series that saw him finish inside the top five twice.
Michael Thompson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #43
Thomas posted T13 and T10 results in his two Fall Series starts and finished T6 in the 2012 edition of the Sony. In between he finished the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club with a share of second, but also missed eight cuts in a span of 14 events. Connect the dots any which way you’d like, Thompson is high risk, very high reward option.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #26
Johnson won this event back in 2009 and finished T12 the following year, but has fallen outside of the top 50 in the last two. ZJ struggled last week at Kapalua and finished in the bottom half of the 30-man field.
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #44
Moore ended 2012 as one of the hottest players on Tour, but nearly finished in the basement at Kapalua last week. A missed cut in 2006 is the only action seen at Waialae for Moore. Be willing to give him a pass for last week's hiccup.
Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #98
True to Palmer’s streaky nature, he has been a disaster at Waialae in nearly all of his seven starts, but won the Sony in 2010. Among bottom-tier golfers, Palmer is a risky fallback option that could pay off if he catches fire once again.