With his win at the SBS Tournament of Champions in his fourth start of the 2016-17 season, Justin Thomas became the fastest player to earn multiple wins in a season since the wraparound schedule made its debut in 2013-14.
Nine of the top 10 in the current FedExCup standings are in the PGA TOUR’s ninth event of the 2016-17 season, including FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas, the TOUR’s first two-time winner in 2016-17. In the first full-field event of the 2017 calendar year, Thomas will attempt to become the first player since Ernie Els (2003) to win the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open back to back.
Five of the nine former FedExCup champions are in the field, including 2015 champion Jordan Spieth who will play the Sony Open for the first time since 2014. The other FedExCup champions are Billy Horschel (2014), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Bill Haas (2011) and Vijay Singh (2008).
Four players in the field have competed in every Sony Open in Hawaii since 2002 (15 starts): Jerry Kelly, Charles Howell III, Pat Perez and Rory Sabbatini. Of the group, Howell has made a perfect 15-for-15 cuts and posted 10 top-25s (seven of which are top-fives), second only to 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii winner Kelly, who has 11 top-25s.
Zach Johnson and Vijay Singh are the only players in the Sony Open in Hawaii field who have won both legs of the PGA TOUR Hawaii schedule. Vijay Singh (2005 Sony; 2007 TOC), Zach Johnson (2009 Sony; 2014 TOC).
Five players are 100 percent in cuts made per start this season – Ryan Blaum, Chad Campbell, John Huh, Luke List and Scott Piercy, all a perfect five cuts in five starts, with Huh the only one not scheduled to compete in the Sony Open in Hawaii this week.
Six – the most starts by any player this season. Of the five players with six starts (Cody Gribble, Mackenzie Hughes, Brian Stuard, Spencer Levin and Peter Malnati), two have made five cuts and are both TOUR winners this season: Gribble and Hughes.
PGA TOUR Champions
Colin Montgomerie, John Daly and Mark Calcavecchia are among the 27 PGA TOUR Champions players competing in the Diamond Resorts Invitational at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, January 13-15. These pros will be joined by LPGA Tour players Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome, as well as celebrities from sports, music and entertainment in a 54-hole modified stableford scoring event.
Among the celebrities in the field are eight World Series Champions, including John Lackey and Jon Lester from the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs, and nine players in his professional sport’s hall of fame. Five are in the MLB Hall of Fame (Tom Glavine, Reggie Jackson, Greg Maddux, Gaylord Perry, John Smoltz), two are in the NFL Hall of Fame
(Marcus Allen, Richard Dent), one is in the NHL Hall of Fame (Mike Modano), and one is in the World Golf Hall of Fame (Colin Montgomerie).
The 49-player field has been set for the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Nine of the tournament’s past champions will compete, as well as 18 players with a combined 37 major championships. David Toms turned 50 on January 4, and he will make his PGA TOUR Champions debut in Hualalai. He is the only rookie in a field that includes 11 World Golf Hall of Famers and all 19 players who won in 2016.
On Wednesday, January 11, PGA TOUR Champions will announce the recipients of the Jack Nicklaus Award, which is given annually to the Player of the Year, and the Rookie of the Year Award.
The Web.com Tour is currently in action at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, the first of back-to-back events in The Bahamas with the unique format. With uncharacteristic 40 mph gusts sweeping through the island, the event has yielded:
The first round of the tournament saw the third highest scoring average in Web.com Tour history (80.405).
In total, only 58 of 132 players broke 80 in the first round, and three players failed to break 90 in the opening round.
The 36-hole cut ballooned into the highest cut in Web.com Tour history at 11-over 155, with only two players under par – Nicholas Thompson (2-under) and Dan McCarthy (1-under).
The par-4 12th at the Emerald Bay Course has played to an average of 5.157 (+1.157) strokes through two rounds, with just four birdies recorded. The most difficult hole in Web.com Tour history is the par-4 second at Hombre Golf Club, which played to an average of 4.921 (+0.921) during the 1991 Ben Hogan Panama City Beach Classic.
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
Eighteen Mackenzie Tour alumni will compete at the Sony Open in Hawaii, including eight from the PGA TOUR era (2013-present). 2016 Mackenzie Tour members John Chin and Tadd Fujikawa both joined the field via Monday Qualifying.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
With only six weeks left to go until the start of the 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season, the race for Tour membership began today at the Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in Sebring, Florida. Featuring a field of 118 players from 13 countries, the Sebring Q-School is the first of four qualifiers PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will conduct over the course of the next three weeks in four different countries – the U.S., Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Tour membership will be awarded to a total of 30 players and any player tied for 30th position at each site, with the top finisher earning full exempt status.
2017 Latinoamérica Tour Q-School dates and locations:
Jan. 10-13: Sun ‘N Lake Golf and Country Club – Sebring, Florida.
Jan. 17-20: Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort – Mazatlán, Mexico
Jan. 24-27: Club Los Lagartos – Bogota, Colombia
Jan. 24-27: Las Praderas Club Campos de Golf – Buenos Aires, Argentina