SONY OPEN Site: Honolulu.

Course: Waialae CC. Yardage: ,044. Par: 70.

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner's hare: $1,116,000.

Television: Thursday-Saturday, -9:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, -9 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Justin Thomas.

Last week: Dustin Johnson won the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

FedEx Cup leader: Pat Perez.

Notes: Johnson is among 14 players at Kapalua not playing in the Sony Open. Johnson, Jon Rahm and Pat Perez are preparing for tournaments overseas. ... Thomas last year set the PGA Tour scoring record at 253. He also became the eighth player to record a sub-60 round when he shot 59 in the opening round. ... Thomas and Ernie Els are the only players to sweep the Hawaii swing. ... Waialae Country Club is the only host of the Sony Open. This is its 53rd consecutive year ... One week after the Sentry Tournament of Champions had the top five players in the world, the Sony Open has only two of the top 10 — Thomas and Jordan Spieth. ... Thomas' caddie, Jimmy Johnson, is in a boot for a month because of plantar fasciitis and a tear in his right foot. Thomas is using Jim "Bones" Mackay, who split with Phil Mickelson last summer after 25 years. Mackay was in Hawaii as an on-course reporter for Golf Channel. Twenty players in the Sony Open have an exemption for the Masters.

Next week: CareerBuilder Challenge.


Site: Gauteng, South Africa.

Course: Glendower GC. Yardage: 7,594. Par: 72.

Purse: R15 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-4 a.m., 6-9 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 4-8:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Graeme Storm.

Last tournament: Shubhankar Sharma won the Joburg Open.

Race to Dubai leader: Wade Ormsby.

Notes: Four of South Africa's major champions are playing — Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Charl Schwartzel and Trevor Immelman. ... Branden Grace is the highest-ranked South African in the field. ... The tournament dates to 1903. Gary Player is a 13-time winner of the South African Open. ... Glendower Golf Club opened in 1937 and held its first tournament two years later when Bobby Locke won the Transvaal Open. ... Gonzalo Fernandez Castano received a sponsor's exemption, along with former Masters champion Mike Weir. ... Dylan Frittelli, who is playing his national open, is just outside the top 50 as he resumes his bid to earn a spot in the Masters. ... David Howell and Peter Hanson are using career money exemptions on the European Tour to play.

Next week: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.


Site: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Course: Sandals Emerald Bay (Emerald Reef Course). Yardage: 7,001. Par: 72.

Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.

Television: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel); Monday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Tuesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Kyle Thompson.

Last tournament: Jonathan Byrd won the Tour Championship.

Next week: The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.


PGA Tour Champions/LPGA: Diamond Resorts Invitational, Tranquilo GC at Four Season, Orlando, Fla. Defending champion: Woody Austin.

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