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Brent Kelley

DJ Leads Tour Into Full-Field Sony Open

By January 9, 2013

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Now that the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is over - finally! - the PGA Tour heads into its first full-field tournament on the 2013 schedule, the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Let's hope the winds calm enough to avoid the delays that happened at the TOC. There, what was supposed to be a 72-hole tournament concluding on Monday instead was blown into a 54-hole event that didn't officially start until Monday and concluded on Tuesday.

But, finally, Dustin Johnson emerged as the winner at Kapalua. It's the third of Johnson's seven career PGA Tour wins that happened in a tournament shortened to 54 holes. In fact, DJ has won the last three 54-hole events on the PGA Tour.

And Johnson now has wins in six straight PGA Tour seasons, the second longest active streak on tour (Phil Mickelson has wins in nine straight seasons).

And we say that makes Dustin the headliner and the favorite at the Sony Open this week. The defending champ is Johnson Wagner. Keegan Bradley is also in the field, along with Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson.

And with Carl Pettersson and Bradley playing, we're sure to hear plenty about the proposed anchoring ban this week. Another in the field is K.J. Choi, who a couple years ago experimented during tournament play with a face-on putter. Perhaps Pettersson and Bradley should ask K.J. about that style.

For past champions and other info, see our Sony Open tournament page.

The European Tour is also in action this week with the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa. There's a pretty good field, too. Those playing include Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Paul Lawrie, Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts, Matteo Manassero, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen and Darren Clarke.

Comments

January 9, 2013 at 10:28 am
(1) ryan says:

I thought Johnson Wagner was defending champion at the Sony Open?

January 9, 2013 at 11:19 am
(2) golf says:

D’oh! Yes, Johnson Wagner is the defending champ.

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