Tournament Preview: 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 10-13, 2013)

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Sony Open at Waialae

16th Green at Waialae via @golfchannel

This week the Waialae Country Club will be hosting the 2013 Sony Open, the first full-field event of the 2013 season and some familiar faces are coming back for more.  Dustin Johnson, last week’s champ at Kapalua, returns with Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson to fight off the wind and 23 eager TOUR rookies.

Waialae has been a par 70 course since 1999 and presents itself as a true challenge to the field of 144.  If measuring 7,044 yards, and boasting fairways at that are among the most challenging to hit off the tee aren’t enough, the Oahu wind along the shorelines at Waialae are set to wreak havoc on even the most well played shots.

Temperatures for the event are predicted to remain in the 80s and some gusty winds (although nothing like we saw last weekend at Kapalua) should be present for the duration of the event.

We like a few names this week that you don’t hear to often – Tim Clark and Carl Petterson.  Petterson ranked T3 at Waialae in 2010 in greens in regulation and ended 2012 with four consecutive top 20s.  Clark is fresh off elbow surgery but the guy has an aptitude for finding even toughest fairways with precision – and don’t forget he went T2 here in 2011.

Of course we have to continue riding the DJ train for another week after we watched him pry the reign of ownership of Kapalua away from Steve Stricker. With that said, we expect DJ to keep the momentum rolling into Waialae.  Clearly feeling better after coming off last year’s injuries, it may not be too early to start whispering Player of the Year predictions here, so watch out for those new Taylormade sticks from Mr. Dustin Johnson in 2013.

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Golficity’s Pick:  Dustin Johnson

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