Sony Open R1

Three-way tie for lead in Hawaii

January 14-17
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
$6,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Joaquin Niemann is tied for the lead again four days after losing a playoff to Harris English in Kapalua.


”It was the first time that it really hurt me, like finishing a golf tournament,” he said. ”Probably one or two days I just keep thinking on how I couldn’t make birdie on 18 and get it done. I was talking with my coach, with my psychologist. We talked for an hour about the whole tournament, not for that 18th hole. It was a good way to take all the positives from that week.”

This week Niemann followed seven birdies and a single bogey at the 12th with a 50-foot chip for eagle on the 18th to close his opening round with an 8-under 62.



Tied alongside him for the Sony Open lead are Jason Kokrak and Peter Malnati. Kokrak was bogey-free for the round and missed a 25-foot eagle putt on his closing hole for the outright lead.

Six players are tied together for fourth place at 6-under, among them Jim Herman who should have played in last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions but was unable to after testing positive for Covid-19 and having to self-isolate for 10 days.. He made his lowest score in his tenth start at the Sony Open.


”I feel pretty good,” said Herman. ”Obviously, the low score today helps you feel a little bit better. Didn’t know what to expect coming out this week.”

Herman spent a miserable four days with the virus, the inflammation of his lungs pressing against his back making it difficult to sit, and has yet to recover his full taste and smell.



This year, without the tents, bleachers and spectators, the PGA erected out-of-bound stakes along the left side of the 18th fairway for safety and in an effort to prevent players from playing down the 10th hole.

“Smart,” said Billy Horschel. “I think the hole should be played the way it was designed and not cheat – not saying cheat, but not take advantage of whatever you want to take advantage of. Obviously, there’s a few guys laying up here and there’s a safety hazard, but I think playing the hole the way the hole was designed and intended, I think they kept that in play with those OB stakes.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Jason Kokrak
-8
62
T1
Peter Malnati
-8
62
T1
Joaquin Niemann
-8
62
T4
Aaron Baddeley
-6
64
T4
Daniel Berger
-6
64
T4
Jim Herman
-6
64
T4
Si Woo Kim
-6
64
T4
Patton Kizzire
-6
64
T4
Vaughn Taylor
-6
64
T10
David Hearn
-5
65
T10
Harry Higgs
-5
65
T10
Tom Hoge
-5
65
T10
Billy Horschel
-5
65
T10
Mackenzie Hughes
-5
65
T10
Chris Kirk
-5
65
T10
Henrik Norlander
-5
65
T10
Cheng Tsung Pan
-5
65
T10
J.T. Poston
-5
65
T10
Chase Seiffert
-5
65
T10
Webb Simpson
-5
65
T10
Brendan Steele
-5
65
T10
Hudson Swafford
-5
65
T23
Brice Garnett
-4
66
T23
Emiliano Grillo
-4
66
T23
Brian Harman
-4
66
T23
Russell Henley
-4
66
T23
Charley Hoffman
-4
66
T23
Mark Hubbard
-4
66
T23
Sung Kang
-4
66
T23
Marc Leishman
-4
66
T23
Hideki Matsuyama
-4
66
T23
Troy Merritt
-4
66
T23
Collin Morikawa
-4
66
T23
Sebastián Muñoz
-4
66
T23
Carlos Ortiz
-4
66
T23
Robby Shelton
-4
66
T23
Brian Stuard
-4
66
T23
Nick Taylor
-4
66
T23
Michael Thompson
-4
66
T40
K.J. Choi
-3
67
T40
Stewart Cink
-3
67
T40
MJ Daffue
-3
67
T40
Matt Every
-3
67
T40
Brian Gay
-3
67
T40
Kramer Hickok
-3
67
T40
Charles Howell III
-3
67
T40
Michael Kim
-3
67
T40
Nelson Ledesma
-3
67
T40
Grayson Murray
-3
67
T40
Kevin Na
-3
67
T40
Roger Sloan
-3
67
T40
Cameron Smith
-3
67
T40
Kyle Stanley
-3
67
T40
Erik van Rooyen
-3
67
T55
Wesley Bryan
-2
68
T55
Austin Cook
-2
68
T55
Cameron Davis
-2
68
T55
William Gordon
-2
68
T55
Lanto Griffin
-2
68
T55
James Hahn
-2
68
T55
Sungjae Im
-2
68
T55
Jerry Kelly
-2
68
T55
Ryosuke Kinoshita
-2
68
T55
Jamie Lovemark
-2
68
T55
William McGirt
-2
68
T55
Pat Perez
-2
68
T55
Ted Potter, Jr.
-2
68
T55
Chez Reavie
-2
68
T55
Sam Ryder
-2
68
T55
Ben Taylor
-2
68
T55
Mike Weir
-2
68
Projected Cut: ( -2 )
T72
Abraham Ancer
-1
69
T72
Mark Anderson
-1
69
T72
Ryan Armour
-1
69
T72
Chris Baker
-1
69
T72
Rafael Campos
-1
69
T72
Jim Furyk
-1
69
T72
Rhein Gibson
-1
69
T72
Branden Grace
-1
69
T72
Nick Hardy
-1
69
T72
Matt Jones
-1
69
T72
Kevin Kisner
-1
69
T72
Satoshi Kodaira
-1
69
T72
Jinichiro Kozuma
-1
69
T72
Anirban Lahiri
-1
69
T72
Danny Lee
-1
69
T72
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-1
69
T72
Davis Love III
-1
69
T72
Matthew NeSmith
-1
69
T72
Rob Oppenheim
-1
69
T72
Adam Scott
-1
69
T72
Vijay Singh
-1
69
T72
Sepp Straka
-1
69
T72
Robert Streb
-1
69
T72
Bo Van Pelt
-1
69
T72
Tim Wilkinson
-1
69
T72
Y.E. Yang
-1
69
T72
Xinjun Zhang
-1
69
T99
Keegan Bradley
E
70
T99
Scott Brown
E
70
T99
Harris English
E
70
T99
Sergio Garcia
E
70
T99
Talor Gooch
E
70
T99
Ryo Ishikawa
E
70
T99
Takumi Kanaya
E
70
T99
Russell Knox
E
70
T99
Matt Kuchar
E
70
T99
Andrew Landry
E
70
T99
Parker McLachlin
E
70
T99
Ryan Palmer
E
70
T99
Seamus Power
E
70
T99
Brendon Todd
E
70
T99
Martin Trainer
E
70
T99
Kevin Tway
E
70
T115
Shane Bertsch
1
71
T115
Bronson Burgoon
1
71
T115
Eric Dugas
1
71
T115
Fabián Gómez
1
71
T115
Bo Hoag
1
71
T115
In-Hoi Hur
1
71
T115
Zach Johnson
1
71
T115
Keith Mitchell
1
71
T115
Scott Piercy
1
71
T115
Andrew Putnam
1
71
T115
Adam Schenk
1
71
T115
J.J. Spaun
1
71
T115
D.J. Trahan
1
71
T115
Nick Watney
1
71
T129
Michael Gellerman
2
72
T129
Doug Ghim
2
72
T129
Michael Gligic
2
72
T129
Andres Gonzales
2
72
T129
Hank Lebioda
2
72
T129
Luke List
2
72
T129
Tyler McCumber
2
72
T129
Rory Sabbatini
2
72
T129
Richy Werenski
2
72
T138
Brandon Hagy
3
73
T138
Hunter Mahan
3
73
T138
Brandt Snedeker
3
73
T138
Jimmy Walker
3
73
T142
Evan Kawai (a)
4
74
T142
Nate Lashley
4
74
144
Bill Haas
5
75
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