Golf Rankings for Sony Open in Hawaii
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #81
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 A] - World Ranking: #166
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 C] - 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.
Jonas Blixt [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56
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 [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #73
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: #143
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 C] - World Ranking: #59
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.
Jeff Overton [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #188
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.
Jerry Kelly [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #127
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.
Johnson Wagner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #123
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.