7th Jan 2018 | Sony Open
Sony Open Trends
The PGA Tour stays in Hawaii for the Sony Open, starting Thursday. With a big field to examine, we look at the trends of past champions for pointers.
After kicking off the year with the Tournament of Champions, the PGA Tour stays in Hawaii for its first full event; Waialae Country Club in Honolulu cast in its usual role of host.
Played in a beautiful setting the average winning score in the last five years is 22-under. The sea breeze acts as defence but the forecast is for calm conditions bar perhaps Sunday.
The Sony Open is a tournament where fairways are hard to find, with driving accuracy percentages much lower than most other PGA Tour events but ultimately the competition is decided on the greens.
Let us look at the previous eleven winners to see if they offer us any clues:
Top-60 on tour for strokes gained putting
Skill with the flat stick is not to be underestimated. Just like at the Tournament of Champions, winners in Hawaii tend to be those who putt best. The last eleven champions ranked inside the top-60 on tour for strokes gained putting, with a median rank of 25.
Top-25 in strokes gained putting in field (2017 season):
Odds correct at time of publishing: 16:09 7th Jan, 2018 but subject to change