Golf Rankings for Sony Open in Hawaii
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #37
Piercy has made four scattered starts at Waialae since 2007. Most recently he finished T23 last year. Piercy had a respectable T13 finish last week at Kapalua.
Brian Gay [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #109
Over the last four years, Gay has registered three finishes inside of the top 15 at the Sony, including a T6 last year. His 2012 was otherwise very forgettable, but this is one track where Gay is worth a gamble.
Bud Cauley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #89
As a rookie Cauley finished T29 at Waialae last year. He showed several flashes throughout the 2012 season with three top-fives in a span of four events late in the season. Cauley then began the postseason with a T10 in The Barclays.
Blixt recently had a strong showing in the Fall Series and is looking to improve at Waialae following a T54 in last year’s debut. Last week at Kapalua he finished T18.
Kevin Na - World Ranking: #84
Na has a very strong start to 2012, aside from missing the cut in last year’s Sony. He notched two top-fives at the site in 2008 and 2009, but has not finished better than 20th since.
After a T5 in 2010 and a T9 in 2011, Love missed the cut in last year’s Sony. The 48 year old has the veteran savvy to return to that form as a deep sleeper.
John Huh [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #88
Huh is coming off a midpack result at Kapalua, giving him four top-20s in his last seven starts dating back to last year. Last year he finished 53rd in his Sony debut.
John Senden [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #46
Senden has been decent at Waialae the last two years with T23 and T20 finishes; solid, but more of the same unspectacular results that have become Senden’s hallmark. Consider the ceiling pretty low.
Overton has seen little success at Waialae with just one top-20 in six starts and two missed cuts. In his last five starts of 2012 Overton scored three finishes of 13th or better, two coming in the Fall Series.
With 15 career starts at Waialae, it is obvious Kelly has a lot of experience on this track -- winning back in 2002 and finishing T9 two years ago. Kelly missed a lot of cuts down the stretch last year, however.
Campbell owns four top-15s at Waialae since 2006, but finished T71 a year ago in the Sony. At the end of 2012 he missed six of his last 11 cuts.
Wagner missed three straight cuts at Waialae, but won the Sony last year. He would finish as the runner-up the following week, but quickly became undone by the second half of the season. Wagner missed five cuts in his final nine starts and could be a very overvalued option this week based solely on the title defense.