Golf Rankings for Sony Open in Hawaii
Brian Gay [Yahoo Class C]
With three straight top-25 finishes -- including a T5 in 2009 -- Gay has done well in recent years at the Sony Open. Gay is accurate off the tee and among the best scramblers, but missed numerous cuts in the second half of the season. Consider him a nice sleeper this week despite the bumpy road.
Kyle Stanley [Yahoo Class C]
After finishing as the runner-up in the John Deere Classic, Stanley added three more top-10s over his final eight starts. Last year, Stanley ranked 11th in both All-Around Ranking and birdie average. He struggled in last year’s Sony Open, but figures to be a much bigger factor this time around.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #79
The 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year struggled in the season opener but shot an 8-under in the final round to finish in 16th place. Over his last six starts, Bradley won the PGA Championship and notched three other finishes of 16th or better. He only finished T68 in this event last year, but has made a quantum leap since.
John Senden [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #89
Safe and consistent is the best way to describe Senden. In 26 starts last year, he recorded 14 top-25s -- including a T20 at last year’s Sony Open -- while only missing six cuts. He ranked fifth in greens in regulation percentage, eighth in total driving, 24th in scoring average and 38th in All-Around Ranking.
Robert Allenby [Yahoo Class C]
Since 2007, Allenby has missed two cuts at the Sony Open in four starts, but also owns a runner-up performance and a T8. It is hard to know which Allenby will show up this week, but he’s certainly worth a look.
John Rollins [Yahoo Class C]
While he did not play in this event last year, Rollins finished T8 in 2010. In three Fall Series starts last year, Rollins finished sixth on two occasions. He ranked second on Tour in total driving and 22nd in All-Around Ranking.
Davis Love III [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #142
In 11 starts at the Sony Open since 1990, Love has seven top-10s. Most recently he finished T5 in 2010 and T9 last year. While Love only made 13 cuts in 22 starts last year, he made the most of them. The veteran scored a pair of top-10s and seven top-25s.
Jerry Kelly [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #140
In 14 career Sony Open starts since 1996, Kelly has a win from 2002, four top-fives and six top-10s. Last year, he ranked third in driving accuracy percentage and 29th in scoring average. Over Kelly’s final six starts, he scored one top-five and five top-25s.
Kevin Na [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #20
Since 2008, Na has a pair of top-fives and another top-20 in four Sony Open starts. Although Na missed two cuts, he recorded a win and two more top-15s over his final five starts of 2011 -- including two in the Fall Series. He ranked eighth in strokes gained – putting.
Spencer Levin [Yahoo Class C]
Last year, Levin ranked 11th on Tour in scoring average. In his first two Fall Series starts he recorded T5 and T7 finishes. Levin has four Sony Open starts with just one top-25, but has been playing well enough to change that this week.
Jonathan Byrd [Yahoo Class C]
While Byrd is coming off a T3 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (an event he won last year), he has not been successful in the Sony Open. In seven career starts since 2002, Byrd has only recorded a single top-25.
Mark Wilson [Yahoo Class C]
The defending Sony Open championship finished in the bottom half of the leaderboard in the season opener. Wilson is accurate off the tee and added another win to his resume last year. However, he would go on to add just two more top-10s the rest of the season.
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