Tag Archives: Waialae Country Club

Jan
17
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For most people, you were probably watching football, but the games ended in time so that you could’ve caught the finishing holes of the Sony Open! In case you didn’t, we did our best to watch for you (and stayed awake for most of it). Spoiler: You didn’t miss that much — well, the 18th hole was intriguing, but up until then, I thought the most interesting thing was eventual champion Fabian Gomez using the bathroom three times in 11 holes, per Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

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Jan
14
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Pardon the delay in posting about the main storylines and happenings from Wednesday at Waialae CC. I had a nice chat with Adam Scott, Kevin Na, Jimmy Walker, Tony Finau, among others this afternoon. I had to do some other stuff late this afternoon, so I didn’t get a chance to write my behind-the-scenes column for Wednesday yet. I am heading back to Seattle first thing tomorrow morning, so the plane will be a perfect place for me to write. What did we do when all planes didn’t have WiFi??? It really wasn’t even that long ago! So, I apologize for the delay, but stay tuned for some fun tidbits from Wednesday.

[*UPDATED–SEE FULL POST BELOW]

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Jan
12
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Welcome to the first full-field event of 2016 with the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. This tournament used to mark the unofficial “first day of school” on the PGA Tour when it kicked off the new season, but with the advent of the wraparound schedule, it’s just a new year. However, it was a bit more exciting to meet the rookies after Q-school and the veterans who had to deal with the harrowing experience to get their cards back. (Weird to think that there have been two sort of major changes since I started covering the Tour regularly in 2011.)

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Jan
18
2015

Jimmy Walker wasn’t going to let a second tournament slip through his fingers in the same week. After losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday, Walker got redemption on Sunday, firing an impressive bogey-free, seven-under 63.

Not only did he successfully defend his title at the Sony Open, he ran away from the field, posting a 23-under total at Waialae Country Club en route to a nine-shot victory over Scott Piercy. The record for the largest margin of victory at this event was previously seven strokes, which was held by Paul Azinger in 2000. 

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Jan
17
2015
Photo via Golf Channel

Photo via Golf Channel

Robert Allenby says he was beaten, robbed and kidnapped before he was dumped in a park more than six miles from where he was taken in Honolulu on Friday night.

After missing the cut at the Sony Open, Allenby went to dinner with his good friend Anthony Puntoriero and his caddie Mick Middlemo. From there, they went to Amuse Wine Bar near Ala Moana in Honolulu, not far from Waikiki. 

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Jan
16
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Belly putter, what? Who needs that crutch anymore (especially with the USGA ban on anchoring coming into effect in less than a year)? Not Webb Simpson! — the 2012 U.S. Open champion is using a conventional length putter for the first time on the PGA Tour at this week’s Sony Open and it’s working pretty well for him so far. At the halfway mark, Simpson is 12-under and tied for a three-way share of the lead with Matt Kuchar and rookie Justin Thomas.

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Jan
16
2015

Matt Every was disqualified from the Sony Open during the second round for playing with a non-conforming golf club in competition. Every said he bent his 4-iron “out of frustration” on the 18th hole on Thursday at Waialae Country Club and accidentally used it on the same hole (which was his 9th of the day) on Friday.

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Jan
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For the first time on the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson played with a conventional-length putter on Thursday. Simpson, who had used a belly putter since college in 2004, fired an eight-under 62 at Waialae Country Club to take a share of the early first-round lead at the Sony Open.

He was nervous for his Tour debut with the short putter and he owed the big man upstairs for helping him get through this difficult obstacle. 

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Jan
13
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Walker celebrates with Hawaii pageant princesses
Jimmy Walker went 0-for-187 in his first seven years on the PGA Tour, but on Sunday at Waialae Country Club, he snagged his second win in six starts in the new 2013-14 wraparound season (making him 2-for-193). Amidst a packed leaderboard at the Sony Open, Walker finally started to separate himself from the field coming down the stretch, carding birdies in four of the last six holes to post a final-round seven-under 63, 17-under total.

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Jan
11
2014
Kirk eyes his third victory Kirk eyes his third victory[/caption]

Despite struggling with his driver off the tee, Chris Kirk shot a five-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over fellow University of Georgia alumnus Harris English and PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox heading into the final round of the Sony Open.

Kirk made the most out of his round on Saturday at Waialae Country Club, which included a nine-footer for birdie on no. 18 to narrowly separate him from the clustered leaderboard. There are 26 players within five shots of the lead. 

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