Sony Open Winners and History

Sony Open in Hawaii

The Sony Open In Hawaii   has been played—in its various incarnations—at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii since 1965. First known as the Hawaii Open, it later acquired first United Airlines and then Sony as title sponsors. It has been the Sony Open since 1999. Prior to 1965, four Tour-recognized events were held, in 1928-1929 and 1947-1948.

The current purse is $5,600,000. Waialae Country Club is a par 70 clocking in at 7068 yards.

The Sony Open gained some notoriety in the relatively recent past for the inclusion of young Michelle Wie as a sponsor’s exemption in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Waialae was her home course, but she did not manage to make the cut in any of those tries.

In 2007, 16 year old amateur Tadd Fujikawa became the second youngest player to make the 36-hole cut in an official PGA Tour event. (The youngest was Bob Panasik—age 15—in the 1957 Canadian Open). Two years later, Fujikawa set a course record with a 62.

The 2017 edition featured a six hole playoff between James Hahn and eventual winner Patton Kizzire.

Another first: Isao Aoki was Japan’s first winner on the PGA Tour in 1983.

Multiple Sony Open Winners
Ernie Els: 2003, 2004
Hubert Green: 1978, 1979
Corey Pavin: 1986, 1987
Lanny Wadkins: 1988, 1991

Tournament record: 260 (John Huston, 1998; Brad Faxon, 2001)

The complete list of Sony Open winners is listed below:

YearPlayerScoreTo par
Sony Open in Hawaii
2023si Woo Kim262-18
2022Hideki Matsuyama257 -23 (PO)
2021Kevin Na251-21
2020Cameron Smith269-11 (PO)
2019Matt Kuchar268-12
2018Patton Kizzire263-17
2017Justin Thomas253-27
2016Fabian Gomez260-20
2015Jimmy Walker257-23
2014Jimmy Walker263-17
2013Russell Henley256-24
2012Johnson Wagner267-13
2011Mark Wilson264-16
2010Ryan Palmer265-15
2009Zach Johnson265-15
2008K.J. Choi266-14
2007Paul Goydos266-14
2006David Toms261-19
2005Vijay Singh269-11
2004Ernie Els262-18
2003Ernie Els264-16
2002Jerry Kelly266-14
2001Brad Faxon260-20
2000Paul Azinger261-19
1999Jeff Sluman271-9
United Airlines Hawaiian Open
1998John Huston260-28
1997Paul Stankowski271-17
1996Jim Furyk277-11
1995John Morse269-19
1994Brett Ogle269-19
1993Howard Twitty269-19
1992John Cook265-23
United Hawaiian Open
1991Lanny Wadkins270-18
Hawaiian Open
1990David Ishii279-9
1989Gene Sauers197-19
1988Lanny Wadkins271-17
1987Corey Pavin270-18
1986Corey Pavin272-16
1985Mark O’Meara267-21
1984Jack Renner271-17
1983Isao Aoki268-20
1982Wayne Levi277-11
1981Hale Irwin265-23
1980Andy Bean266-22
1979Hubert Green267-21
1978Hubert Green274-14
1977Bruce Lietzke273-15
1976Ben Crenshaw270-18
1975Gary Groh274-14
1974Jack Nicklaus271-17
1973John Schlee273-15
1972Grier Jones274-14
1971Tom Shaw273-15
1969Bruce Crampton274-14
1968Lee Trevino272-16
1967Dudley Wysong284-4
1966Ted Makalena271-17
1965Gay Brewer281-7
Previous incarnations recognized by PGA Tour.
1948Cary Middlecoff274-10
1947E.J. “Dutch” Harrison275-13
1929Craig Wood289+1
1928Bill Mehlhorn291 

For current odds to win the Sony Open, check out this list of online bookies.

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