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:

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo par
Sony Open in Hawaii
2020Cameron SmithAustralia269-11 (PO)
2019Matt KucharUnited States268-12
2018Patton KizzireUnited States263-17
2017Justin ThomasUnited States253-27
2016Fabian GomezArgentina260-20
2015Jimmy WalkerUnited States257-23
2014Jimmy WalkerUnited States263-17
2013Russell HenleyUnited States256-24
2012Johnson WagnerUnited States267-13
2011Mark WilsonUnited States264-16
2010Ryan PalmerUnited States265-15
2009Zach JohnsonUnited States265-15
2008K.J. ChoiSouth Korea266-14
2007Paul GoydosUnited States266-14
2006David TomsUnited States261-19
2005Vijay SinghFiji269-11
2004Ernie ElsSouth Africa262-18
2003Ernie ElsSouth Africa264-16
2002Jerry KellyUnited States266-14
2001Brad FaxonUnited States260-20
2000Paul AzingerUnited States261-19
1999Jeff SlumanUnited States271-9
United Airlines Hawaiian Open
1998John HustonUnited States260-28
1997Paul StankowskiUnited States271-17
1996Jim FurykUnited States277-11
1995John MorseUnited States269-19
1994Brett OgleAustralia269-19
1993Howard TwittyUnited States269-19
1992John CookUnited States265-23
United Hawaiian Open
1991Lanny WadkinsUnited States270-18
Hawaiian Open
1990David IshiiUnited States279-9
1989Gene SauersUnited States197-19
1988Lanny WadkinsUnited States271-17
1987Corey PavinUnited States270-18
1986Corey PavinUnited States272-16
1985Mark O’MearaUnited States267-21
1984Jack RennerUnited States271-17
1983Isao AokiJapan268-20
1982Wayne LeviUnited States277-11
1981Hale IrwinUnited States265-23
1980Andy BeanUnited States266-22
1979Hubert GreenUnited States267-21
1978Hubert GreenUnited States274-14
1977Bruce LietzkeUnited States273-15
1976Ben CrenshawUnited States270-18
1975Gary GrohUnited States274-14
1974Jack NicklausUnited States271-17
1973John SchleeUnited States273-15
1972Grier JonesUnited States274-14
1971Tom ShawUnited States273-15
1969Bruce CramptonAustralia274-14
1968Lee TrevinoUnited States272-16
1967Dudley WysongUnited States284-4
1966Ted MakalenaUnited States271-17
1965Gay BrewerUnited States281-7
Previous incarnations recognized by PGA Tour.
1948Cary MiddlecoffUnited States274-10
1947E.J. “Dutch” HarrisonUnited States275-13
1929Craig WoodUnited States289+1
1928Bill MehlhornUnited States291 

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

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