Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 PGA Tour Prediction: Sony Open in Hawaii

This week marks the first full-field event of the 2012 PGA Tour season. The Sony Open in Hawaii will once again be contested at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, HI, a fun and challenging course for the players. Many of the top names are skipping the event, but there are still stars at the course.

Defending champion Mark Wilson will be looking to get his 2012 off to another fast start just like last year. And fellow Wisconsinite Steve Stricker will be looking for back-to-back wins in the Aloha state. Bud Cauley, one of only seven players to ever earn his PGA Tour card without Q school or nationwide tour, opens his first season as a full-time PGA Tour member here as well. And you can never count out David Toms or Davis Love when it comes to a PGA Tour event.

Winner: Steve Stricker
I expect Steve Stricker to win the event by a good margin. After dominating the field at the Tournament of Champions, Stricker will continue to have his A game at Waialae. His wedges and putter look as good as ever, and his driving and iron play were spot on last week. If he plays like he did last week, he will be a lock to win the event.

Contenders: David Toms, Keegan Bradley, Robert Allenby
Looking to avenge his LSU Tigers BCS game loss, David Toms will open the 2012 season much better than his showing in the Tournament of Champions. His iron play will be much improved over last week and he will have a strong finish. Keegan Bradley also will improve upon his play from last week and have a high finish. And Robert Allenby will look to shake the memories of the President's Cup from his mind and start off his 2012 PGA Tour season with a win, which he has not had for a while.

Dark Horses: Bud Cauley, Vijay Singh, Corey Pavin
These three players will look to have a strong start to their year.

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