Golf Rankings for Sony Open in Hawaii
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24
Walker finished 12th or better -- including one victory -- in four October events, but finished near the bottom of the field last week at Kapalua. He owns a solo fourth from 2011 at Waialae, but missed the cut the following year before finishing T26 last year. Walker was a cut making machine for the better part of 2013, but has limited upside in stronger fields.
Marc Leishman [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #32
Leishman is coming off T11 and T7 finishes in his native Australia. Last year he finished a career-best T9 at Waialae after recording three straight top-30s from 2009-11.
Rory Sabbatini [Yahoo Class C]
Sabbatini scored runner-up finishes at Waialae in 2006 and 2008. In the last five starts he’s managed a pair of top-15s, but finished T59 last year despite a sharp second round. Sabbatini’s last start came in mid-November with a T3 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Jeff Overton [Yahoo Class C]
Overton put together a solo eighth at Waialae last year -- his first finish better than 20th in six previous starts. He played a total of five recent wrap around events, placing inside the top 25 four times with one top-10.
John Senden [Yahoo Class B]
Over his last three worldwide appearances, Senden has scored a pair of top-fives. He’s been a sound performer in recent years at Waialae with a T26, T23 and T20 over the last three years.
Chris Stroud [Yahoo Class C]
Stroud missed the cut last year at Waialae after a career-best T13 in 2012. He recently played four wrap around events, notching a pair of third-place finishes to go along with two missed cuts. Stroud is a risky play, but is capable of displaying sudden flashes of ability.
Matt Every [Yahoo Class C]
Every is as streaky as they come, but has managed three top-10s over his last seven starts. He finished T6 in his Waialae debut in 2012, but missed last year’s cut.
Ryo Ishikawa [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #128
Ishikawa had to play in on the Web.com Tour to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014 after a struggling mightily last season. He compiled three top-10s at the end of the developmental series schedule and went on to earn a share of second in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In his last five worldwide appearances he’s added two more top-fives and four top-20s.
Carl Pettersson [Yahoo Class C]
It’s been an every other year thing for Pettersson at Waialae. Starting in 2006 he finished T10, T25, T5 and T2 in even years, while missing the cut in three odd years until placing T59 last season. Pettersson placed T12 in one of his three wrap around tournaments, but struggled in the middle rounds of the most recent event.
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #54
After two rounds of play, Piercy was in second last year at Waialae but dropped to finish T15 over the final two days. In 2012 he sat inside the top 10 after a strong third round only to fall to T23 on Sunday. If Piercy can put it all together, he’s got dark horse potential on this track.
Vijay Singh [Yahoo Class C]
Singh is a Waialae winner from back in 2005 and has never missed the cut in 13 appearances. Last year’s T20 ended a run of five finishes outside of the top 30 in a span of six years.
Russell Henley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #52
Henley won this event last year while making his Waialae debut. He's coming off a poor performance at Kapalua following three finishes outside of the top 60 in three wrap around events to begin the season. (Henly has since withdrew from the competition.)
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