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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sony Open - Preview

It's odd that I'm writing a preview of a tournament before the first round of the prior week's tournament is even in the books, but that's where we stand headed into the Sony Open. That said, there is so little in common with the Plantation Course (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) and Waialae Country Club that we can go ahead with the preview, absent the results of the HTOC.
The formula for success is accuracy over length. The formula shows that length doesn’t matter, driving accuracy does and greens in regulation do as well. Also, scrambling and making short-range putts are also important.  Case in point, here are your last 7 winners.
  • 2006 - David Toms
  • 2007 - Paul Goydos
  • 2008 - K.J. Choi
  • 2009 - Zach Johnson
  • 2010 - Ryan Palmer
  • 2011 - Mark Wilson
  • 2012 - Johnson Wagner
To add to that, Toms has a runner up, Rory Sabbatini and Charles Howell III have two, Adam Scott, Tim Clark, Chad Campbell, Luke Donald, and Carl Pettersson also hold second-place finishes. Other winners going back include Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.
Historically, rookies do not fare well in the season-opening event. I could only assume this is for a number of reasons including nerves, travel arrangements and lack of course familiarity. 

Waialae is a course with numerous doglegs and tight fairways. It only offers two par 5s and plays to a par 70 of 7044 yards, so consider guys that make hay on something other than par 5s. It's also in stark contrast from the Plantation Course in that it's much flatter.

We'll get the power rankings and other fantasy tidbits ready for tomorrow. Included will be a Web.com Tour and a Q School grad to watch.

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Best of luck with your research!

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