OAD: Sony Open in Hawaii

“Look at these dire workplace conditions!”

-said nobody ever

One and Done

Each week I’ll throw in my thoughts on the field and those to back and avoid in this wonderful format.

This Year:

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Brendan Steele T53 14,610
CIMB Classic Ryan Moore T66 12,740
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Gary Woodland 2nd 1,026,000
WGC-HSBC Champions Ian Poulter 21st 93,500
Sanderson Farms Cameron Davis MC 0
Shriners Aaron Wise T15 101,675
Mayakoba Golf Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
The RSM Classic J.J. Spaun MC 0
Sentry TOC Jon Rahm T8 191,000
Sony Open      
CareerBuilder Challenge      
Farmers Insurance      
-AT&T Pebble Beach      
Genesis Open      
Honda Classic      
Valspar Championship      
Arnold Palmer      
WGC-Match Play      
Corales Puntacana      
Houston Open      
RBC Heritage      
Valero Texas Open      
Zurich Classic      
Wells Fargo Championship      
Ft. Worth Invitational      
AT&T Byron Nelson      
US Open      
Quicken Loans National      
A Military Tribute      
John Deere Classic      
British Open      
RBC Canadian Open      
WGC-Bridgestone Invite      
PGA Championship      
Dell Technologies      
BMW Championship      
TOUR Championship      
Total Events: 9


Top 10s: 2 MC: 3 $1,439,525



  • I hit the winner’s circle three times and the two late victories pushed me into the top 10 of Spotter’s game.
  • All four majors’ selections hit the top 10.
  • Seven MC were dire but the most punishing one was Francesco Molinari at THE PLAYERS. We know what happened to his season after that.


Last Time: Sentry TOC

A top-10 check in a limited field is solid but unspectacular. Rahm was steady but never had a foot in the door. I’ll give him credit for 69-69 on the weekend to get into the top 10 and stay there.

Gary Woodland supporters must be sick but anyone on Xander Schauffele is not allowed to complain about anything the rest of the season. Signing for 11-under par, tying the course record AND WINNING kills all bitching privileges, sorry.

My Choice: Jon Rahm – T8

The Spaniard has no natural landing spot in this format so I’m banging this drum off his win at the Hero.

Safety Dance: Patrick Reed – T26, Bryson DeChambeau – 7th, Marc Leishman – T4

Spicy: Xander Schauffele – WINNER, Charles Howell III – T14, Aaron Wise – T27

Picks for Dreamers: Ian Poulter – 18th, Matt Kuchar – T19, Cameron Champ – T11

Picks for Noses: Any first-timer not named McIlroy – T4

 Six Beers In: Scott Piercy – T19, Billy Horschel – T25


This Week

Read about all the details in The Confidence Factor.

A field of 144 is 111 more than we had to choose from last week but the parameters should be similar.

The last five winners and 13 of the last 20 have all played the week before at Kapalua. Russell Henley is the only rookie to win and he and Bruce Leitzke are the only two players to win in their first try.

Experience can come with big finishes and age so choose wisely. This week there is also a cut. The highest mark the last two years is 138 (-2) so par is off this week!

My Choice: Marc Leishman

All systems go for the Aussie. He’s in Honolulu for the 10th time and has never left early. Time to take it to the next level!

Safety Dance: Gary Woodland, Bryson DeChambeau, Charles Howell III

Spicy: Kevin Kisner, Anybody Named Cameron, Russell Knox

Picks for Dreamers: Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker, Emiliano Grillo,

Picks for Noses: Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama,

 Six Beers In: Abraham Ancer, Brian Harman


History Channeled:

2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Tony Finau 2nd 669,600
CIMB Classic Paul Casey T7 218,166
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Keegan Bradley T47 23,759
WGC-HSBC Champions Hideki Matsuyama T50 51,875
Sanderson Farms Chesson Hadley T2 464,400
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
OHL Classic Kevin Chappell MC 0
The RSM Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
Sentry TOC Kevin Kisner T17 99,333
Sony Open Brian Harman T4 256,266
CareerBuilder Challenge Jason Dufner T36 27,189
Farmers Insurance Jon Rahm T29 43,872
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
-AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
Valspar Championship Ryan Moore MC 0
Arnold Palmer Tyrell Hatton T69 18,067
WGC-Match Play Patrick Reed T9 163,000
Corales Puntacana Patrick Rodgers T22 27,850
Houston Open Luke List T24 54,162
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
RBC Heritage Cameron Smith T32 35,510
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel T11 136,400
Zurich Classic Bud Cauley MC 0
Wells Fargo Championship Bryson DeChambeau 4th 369,600


THE PLAYERS Francesco Molinari MC 0
Ft. Worth Invitational Adam Scott T52 16,472
AT&T Byron Nelson Jimmy Walker T6 257,950
Memorial Tiger Woods T23 76,985
FESJC Henrik Stenson T26 50,820
US Open Justin Rose T10 270,151
FESJC Xander Schauffele MC 0
Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley T32 36,841
A Military Tribute Bubba Watson T13 121,632
John Deere Classic Zach Johnson T16 81,366
British Open Rory McIlroy T2 694,250
RBC Canadian Open Charley Hoffman T29 37,743
Barracuda Martin Laird T15 51,000
WGC-Bridgestone Invite Rickie Fowler T17 104,250
PGA Championship Brooks Koepka WIN 1,980,000
Wyndham Brandt Snedeker WIN 1,080,000
THE NORTHERN TRUST Jason Day T20 101,160
Dell Technologies Marc Leishman T21 100,800
BMW Championship Gary Woodland T12 189,000
TOUR Championship Justin Thomas T7 279,900
Total Events: 47


Top 10s: 15 MC: 7 $10,967,909


2015-16 Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events

  • Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 9
  • Top 25s: 18
  • MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)

2016-17 Season total: $6,533,509 45 events

  • Wins: 1
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 12
  • Top 25s: 20
  • MCs (10): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich); Kevin Kisner (WFC).


Thanks for reading!







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