What: Sony Open in Honolulu
Purse: $6 million (First prize: $1.08 million)
Course: Waialae Country Club
Schedule (TV): Thursday-Sunday (Golf Channel)
Defending champion: Fabian Gomez
Notes: Ernie Els in 2003 is the last player to win both Hawaii events in the same year. ... Justin Rose is playing as part of the tour’s new “Strength of Field” policy that requires players to compete in a tournament they have not played in the past four years. ... Nine players from Kapalua are not playing in the Sony Open, including three players in the top 10 — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. Johnson is playing next week in Abu Dhabi. ... Branden Grace is playing the Sony Open, then heads straight to Abu Dhabi for the European Tour event. ... The field at Waialae includes 60-year-old Fred Funk. ... The Sony Open has been played at Waialae every year since 1971. The only tournaments with a longer consecutive run at the same course are at Augusta National (1934), Pebble Beach (1947) and Colonial (1950). ... Davis Love III set the course record with a 60 in 1994. ... Tadd Fujikawa was a Monday qualifier. He tied for 20th as a 16-year-old in the 2007 Sony Open. ... Spieth is playing the Sony Open for the second time. He missed the cut in 2014.
Next tournament: PureSilk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 26-29.
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Next tournament: Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Jan. 20-22.