Kizzire set to defend Sony Open title

The PGA Tour’s first full event of the calendar year kicks off Thursday in Honolulu, where Patton Kizzire will defend the title he claimed in a marathon playoff.


Patton Kizzire
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LAST TOURNAMENT: Sentry Tournament of Champions (Xander Schauffele)
THIS WEEK: Sony Open in Hawaii, Jan. 10-13
Waialae CC, Honolulu (Par 70, 7,044 yards)
Purse: $6.5 million (Winner: $1.152M and 500 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Patton Kizzire
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele
Television: Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Kizzire won last year’s event in a six-hole playoff against James Hahn. … Australia’s Marc Leishman enters the week with a win, a runner-up, a tie for fourth and a tie for 18th in his last four worldwide starts. … Jordan Spieth makes his 2019 debut. He has not won since the 2017 Open Championship and enters 17th in the world rankings. He has a missed cut and has a tie for 55th in two starts this season. … Justin Thomas won the event with a tournament-record score of 253 in 2017, when he posted an opening-round 59. He has shot 68 or lower in eight consecutive rounds at Waialae. … Jimmy Walker is a two-time winner. … Twenty-three of the 33 players in last week’s field are also entered in the Sony Open. Schauffele is not in the field. … Rory Sabbatini is playing his first event under the Slovakian flag after becoming a naturalized citizen last week. The South African native’s wife is Slovakian. … Bubba Watson is making his first appearance at the Sony Open since 2010. … The field features four players over 50: Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III and Kenny Perry. … Peter Jung, 16, qualified by winning the Hawaiian qualifier for amateurs and will play in his first PGA Tour event.
NEXT WEEK: Desert Classic, La Quinta, Calif.
–Field Level Media

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