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PGA - Sony Open in Hawaii Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 10th through Sunday, January 13th
SITE: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
COURSE ARCHITECT: Seth Raynor (1927), Rick Smith (1999)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,044
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 480 Yds10 - Par 4 351 Yds
2 - Par 4 423 Yds11 - Par 3 194 Yds
3 - Par 4 422 Yds12 - Par 4 440 Yds
4 - Par 3 204 Yds13 - Par 4 477 Yds
5 - Par 4 467 Yds14 - Par 4 430 Yds
6 - Par 4 460 Yds15 - Par 4 398 Yds
7 - Par 3 176 Yds16 - Par 4 417 Yds
8 - Par 4 454 Yds17 - Par 3 194 Yds
9 - Par 5 506 Yds18 - Par 5 551 Yds
35 3,592 Yds35 3,452 Yds
Annual:  48th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 7-10:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-10 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mark Wilson
Runner-Up:  Tim Clark, Steve Marino
Tournament Record:  260 (John Huston, 1998; Brad Faxon, 2001)
54-Hole Record:  194 (John Huston, 1998; Brad Faxon, 2001)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Davis Love III, 1994; John Huston, 1998;
  Paul Azinger, 2000; Brad Faxon, 2001;
  John Cook, 2002)
Course Record:  60 (Davis Love III, 1994)
Total Purse:  $5,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,008,000; 2nd Place - $604,800; 3rd Place - $380,800
2012 Finish
Johnson Wagner267Matt Every270
Harrison Frazar269Brian Gay270
Charles Howell III269D.A. Points270
Sean O'Hair269Michael Thompson270
Carl Pettersson269Three players at271
Past Sony Open in Hawaii Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Johnson Wagner (267) -- Harrison Frazar, Charles Howell III, Sean
Carl Pettersson
2011Mark Wilson (264) -- Tim Clark, Steve Marino
2010Ryan Palmer (265) -- Robert Allenby
2009Zach Johnson (265) -- David Toms, Adam Scott
2008K.J. Choi (266) -- Rory Sabbatini
2007Paul Goydos (266) -- Luke Donald, Charles Howell III
2006David Toms (261) -- Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini
2005Vijay Singh (269) -- Ernie Els
2004*Ernie Els (262) -- Harrison Frazar
2003*Ernie Els (264) -- Aaron Baddeley
2002Jerry Kelly (266) -- John Cook
2001Brad Faxon (260) -- Tom Lehman
2000Paul Azinger (261) -- Stuart Appleby
1999Jeff Sluman (271) -- Chris Perry, Len Mattiace, Jeff Maggert,
Tommy Tolles, Davis Love III
1998John Huston (260) -- Tom Watson
1997*Paul Stankowski (271) -- Jim Furyk, Mike Reid
1996*Jim Furyk (277) -- Brad Faxon
1995John Morse (269) -- Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf
1994Brett Ogle (269) -- Davis Love III
1993Howard Twitty (269) -- Joey Sindelar
1992John Cook (265) -- Paul Azinger
1991Lanny Wadkins (270) -- John Cook
1990David Ishii (279) -- Paul Azinger
1989#Gene Sauers (197) -- David Ogrin
1988Lanny Wadkins (271) -- Richard Zokol
1987*Corey Pavin (270) -- Craig Stadler
1986Corey Pavin (272) -- Paul Azinger
1985Mark O'Meara (267) -- Craig Stadler
1984*Jack Renner (271) -- Wayne Levi
1983Isao Aoki (268) -- Jack Renner
1982Lanny Wadkins (280) -- Scott Simpson
1981Hale Irwin (265) -- Don January
1980Andy Bean (266) -- Lee Trevino
1979Hubert Green (267) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1978*Hubert Green (274) -- Bill Kratzert
1977Bruce Lietzke (273) -- Don January, Takashi Murakami
1976Ben Crenshaw (270) -- Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson
1975Gary Groh (274) -- Al Geiberger
1974Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Eddie Pearce
1973John Schlee (273) -- Orville Moody
1972*Grier Jones (274) -- Bob Murphy
1971Tom Shaw (273) -- Miller Barber
1970Not Held
1969Bruce Crampton (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1968Lee Trevino (272) -- George Archer
1967Dudley Wysong (284) -- Billy Casper
1966Ted Makalena (271) -- Gay Brewer, Billy Casper
1965*Gay Brewer (281) -- Bob Goalby

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called United Hawaiian Open (1991), Hawaiian Open (1965-90),
United Airlines Hawaiian Open (1992-98).

Top Contenders in the Field
Johnson Wagner------------T-34---mcmcmcWon
Charles Howell IIIT-15T-27T-3T-53T-2T-694thT-5T-68T-2
Carl Pettersson---mc---T-10mcT-25mcT-5mcT-2
Brian GayT-50T-36T-33---T-54T-40T-5T-25T-13T-6
Keegan Bradley------------------------T-68T-13
Jerry KellyT-4T-5mcT-13T-133rdT-23wdT-9T-29
Rory SabbatiniT-27wdT-42T-2T-342ndT-12T-39T-13T-29
Sang-Moon Bae------------------mc------T-29
Webb Simpson------------------T-9T-77T-46T-38
K.J. ChoiT-56------T-13T-4WonT-12T-39mcT-38
Vijay SinghT-20T-10Won6thT-34T-45---T-52mcT-46
Zach Johnson---mcT-47------T-32WonT-12mcT-54
Mark WilsonT-33------------T-25mcT-20Wonmc
Ryan Palmer---T-64T-28mcmc------Won52ndmc
Matt Kucharmcmc------mc65thmcmcT-5---
Dustin Johnson---------------T-10---T-16------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Carl Pettersson
Darkhorse - Tommy Gainey
Last Week's Pick to Win (Keegan Bradley) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Bill Haas) - Finished tied for 23rd
The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii this week for the first full-field event of the 2013 season, the Sony Open in Hawaii. The field is led by 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, 2012 Players champion Matt Kuchar and last week's winner Dustin Johnson.

Johnson won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last week for his seventh PGA Tour victory. He was the only player in the field to card three rounds in the 60s in the 54-hole weather-shortened event. Johnson has now won a PGA Tour title in six straight seasons.

Charles Howell III has played well at this tournament despite never posting a victory. He has six top-5 finishes in 11 career starts - 4th (2002), T-3 (2005), T-2 (2007), 4th (2009), T-5 (2010), T-2 (2012). Howell has never missed the cut.

Past champions of this tournament read like a who's who in golf -- with Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Mark O'Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Jim Furyk, Paul Azinger, David Toms and Zach Johnson. In all, 16 major championship winners have captured this event.

This tournament has been held at its present site since its inception in 1965 and changed names in 1999 to the Sony Open in Hawaii. The tournament was previously known as the Hawaiian Open from 1965-98. Waialae Country Club's golf course nestles between the majestic Koolau mountain range on the north and blue Pacific Ocean on the south. Established in the late 1920's, Waialae was first groomed as an amenity for the guests of Waikiki's Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The beach adjacent to the eighth hole at Waialae was used to film a scene from the movie "From Here to Eternity."

Last year, Johnson Wagner posted rounds of 68-66-66-67 and came from behind on the final day to win. Wagner finished at 13-under 267 and won by two strokes at Waialae Country Club. The victory was his third on the PGA Tour after titles at the 2008 Houston Open and 2011 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

In 2010, it all came down to the 72nd hole. Ryan Palmer nearly holed an eagle chip, but settled for a tap-in birdie that gave him the title. Palmer carded rounds of 65-66-68-66 to fend off his third-round co-leader Robert Allenby by one shot. Palmer ended at 15-under-par 265 for his third PGA Tour title. Allenby was again denied his fifth PGA Tour crown. He last won on the PGA Tour in 2001 at the Pennsylvania Classic.

In 2008, K.J. Choi fired rounds of 64-65-66 before hanging on with a 1-over 71 in the final round to pick up the win. Choi drained his first birdie of the final round at the 18th hole to complete the 3-stroke victory at 14-under-par 266. He became the sixth player to win this title in wire-to-wire fashion. Choi won for the fifth time in five tries after holding the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. With his final-round 71 in 2008, Choi became the first player since 1987 to shoot an over-par round at this event and still capture the title.

Paul Goydos collected three birdies in the final four holes in 2007 to win his first tournament in 11 years. Goydos closed with a 3-under 67 to win by one stroke over Luke Donald and Charles Howell III for his second PGA Tour victory. Goydos hit the pin with a chip from 25 feet out on the final hole to set up a birdie from tap-in range, winning his first event since the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational. He finished at 14-under-par 266.

Hawaiian Tadd Fujikawa became the second-youngest player in PGA Tour history to make a cut in 2007. Fujikawa finished in a tie for 20th at the age of 16 years and four days.

With his win in 2004, Ernie Els joined Corey Pavin (1986-87) and Hubert Green (1978-79) as the only players to repeat as champion. Lanny Wadkins is the only 3-time winner, capturing the title in 1982, 1988 and 1991.

There have been nine playoffs in the tournament's rich history, with the last coming in 2004 when Els defeated Harrison Frazar. Players who have held or shared the third-round lead have gone on to win 24 of the 47 tournaments.

Eight players have won both of the PGA Tour's Hawaii events at least once - Nicklaus (1974 Sony; 1963-64, 1971, 1973, 1977 Tournament of Champions); Trevino (1968 Sony; 1981 Tournament of Champions); Lanny Wadkins (1988, 1991 Sony; 1982-83 Tournament of Champions); Azinger (1991 Sony; 1990 Tournament of Champions); O'Meara (1985 Sony; 1996 Tournament of Champions); Furyk (1996 Sony; 2001 Tournament of Champions); Els (2003-04 Sony; 2003 Tournament of Champions); Singh (2005 Sony; 2007 Tournament of Champions).

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to the mainland of the United States, as Mark Wilson defends his title at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic.

01/08 18:44:17 ET

As of January 8, 2013, at 06:44 PM ET