5 Things You Didn't Know: Sony Open
GOLF.com takes you inside the numbers and breaks down the second event of the 2008 PGA Tour season.
Choi sensational in the sand
K.J. Choi, winner of the 2008 Sony Open in Hawaii, hit into six greenside bunkers last week and got up-and-down for par or better every time. In 2007, the former power lifter ranked 10th on the PGA Tour in sand save percentage at 58.39%, getting up-and-down 80 times out of 137 attempts.
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Low scores, but not low enough
Only two players scored in the 60s in all four rounds of the Sony Open, Rory Sabbatini (66-69-66-68, left) and Jerry Kelly (67-67-69-67). Choi shot 71 on Sunday, but that was still good enough to finish 14 under, three shots ahead of Sabbatini and four ahead of Kelly.
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Na finished strong
Kevin Na made a rare eagle on the 18th hole Sunday to finish in a tie for fourth place and earn $208,688. In 2007, Na ranked 167th in greens in regulation and made just nine eagles.
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Consistency is paying off
Only two players who competed in both the Mercedes-Benz Championship and the Sony Open finished both events in the top 10. One was Steve Stricker, left, who was the runner-up at the Mercedes-Benz and finished tied for fourth this week. The other was Stephen Ames, who finished third at the Mercedes-Benz and tied for 10th at the Sony. Neither picked up a win, but Stricker earned $838,688 and Ames pocketed $523,571. Not bad for two weeks' worth of work in Hawaii.
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Daly made the cut, sort of
John Daly did not play on Saturday or Sunday at the Sony Open even though he scored well enough to make the cut. A new policy on the PGA Tour states that the low 70 players and ties after two rounds qualify to play on the weekend, unless that number exceeds 78 players, as it did at the Waialae Country Club. In that situation, only the closest number to 70 players stay in the tournament. Because 69 players shot 139 or better, Daly and 17 other players who shot 140 did not advance to the weekend's competition.
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