Golf Rankings for Sony Open in Hawaii
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Scott has only played Waialae five times since 2004. He finished a career-best T2 back in 2009, but missed the cut in his most recent trip two years later. However, the Australian is coming off a T6 showing at Kapalua and will be taking a six-week break following this week’s tournament. Scott only played in 15 PGA Tour stroke play events last year, meaning owners in allocation formats should always have the defending Masters champ in mind.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
Johnson won last week’s tournament at Kapalua and will be competing at Waialae for the seventh consecutive season. He won back in 2009 and then let a top-five slip away the following year. The last three starts haven’t been as kind, though. Z.J. has fallen outside of the top 50 each time and missed last year’s cut.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6
Kuchar is one of 18 players that will stay in Hawaii for another week following last week’s winners-only tourney at Kapalua where he placed T6. Kuchar has finished T5 at Waialae the two times he’s played this event over the last three years. After a mixed conclusion to the 2013 regular season, Kuchar has quickly recovered with five finishes of seventh or better in a variety of events.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
Spieth is a first-timer at Waialae, but the 2013 rookie of the year is coming off a runner-up performance in his Kapalua debut. The 20-year-old ended last season with five consecutive finishes inside the top 20 with two more second-place results. Spieth struggled in majors last year, but it won’t be long until he completes his rise to superstar status.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56
Howell leads all players in this week’s field with seven top-fives at Waialae, including four of the last five. CH3 has yet to win this event, but has placed T3 and T2 the last two years. Howell got off to a quick start in 2013, but was struggling over the last several months of the schedule. He remained busy playing five wrap around events, making each cut and compiling three finishes of seventh or better.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Dufner managed a T13 at Waialae back in 2007. However, he has missed two cuts since 2009 until skipping this event last year. The Duff Man just finished a career-best solo fifth at Kapalua, so he could be ready to turn the tide.
Harris English [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #40
English continued his recent solid level of play with a T11 last week in his Kapalua debut. He came in with a pair of top-10s, including one victory, in four wrap around events. English will be playing Waialae for the third consecutive year. In 2012 he struggled after a good first round then caught fire in the final two rounds of last year’s event to finish inside the top 10.
Chris Kirk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #53
After two mediocre performances at Waialae, Kirk broke through with a T5 last year. He had a mixed experience last week at Kapalua to finish midpack. Kirk won for the second time on Tour in a November wrap around event and is something of a sleeper selection this week.
Hideki Matsuyama [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #26
Matsuyama has missed three consecutive cuts at Waialae, but the 21-year-old scored four victories on the Japan Golf Tour in 2013. He also played several PGA Tour events, highlighted by a pair of top-10s in majors. Matsuyama's best stateside finish came in October with a T3 at the Frys.com Open. (Matsuyama has since Withdrew from the competition.)
Tim Clark [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #121
Clark has played Waialae twice in the last three years, finishing second each time. Aside from playing well in this event, Clark struggled throughout 2013. He sought to regain his touch by playing five wrap around events where his lone top-30 was a T2 in The McGladrey Classic. Despite the rocky road, Clark is worth starting given his recent course history.
Brian Gay [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #168
Gay will be competing at Waialae for the eighth consecutive year. Since 2009 he’s managed two top-six finishes and three top-15s. Since 2001, he hasn’t missed the cut in a dozen appearances. Gay is coming off a midpack finish at Kapalua, but would have finished much stronger if not for a poor second round.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #74
After recording a top-20 in all four FedExCup Playoff tournaments, de Jonge has played in a variety of offseason events totaling five more top-20s in seven starts. This will be the seventh time he’s played Waialae since 2007. The native of Zimbabwe had missed three straight cuts until recording finishes of T20 and T10 only to place T57 last year.