2018 Sony Open in Hawaii - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page provides TV schedule and predictions for the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii. This is the year's first full-field PGA Tour event. The defending champion is Justin Thomas. The 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii is set for January 11-14 at the Waialae Country Club.

TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

First Round - Thursday January 11 - Golf Channel (7 PM ET - Live)
Second Round - Friday January 12 - Golf Channel (7 PM ET - Live)
Third Round - Saturday January 13 - Golf Channel (7 PM ET - Live)
Final Round - Sunday January 14 - Golf Channel (6 PM ET - Live)

Trends / Predictions

✪ Waialae is an old-style golf course with narrow fairways and flat greens. However, hitting the fairways is unimportant because the rough is not too penal. Also, winds only become a factor when they are trade winds. Big bombers should in theory have an advantage on this short course, but long-hitting stars like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson usually skip the Sony Open for the West Coast swing. Justin Thomas was an exception and he dominated the course last year with a 59 in the first round. Jimmy Walker, who could crush the ball as well, was a two-time winner here. Shorter hitters should not despair, since you could absolutely produce a score with a good short game. Many of the past winners here were not known for their long game.

Driving Distance: Luke List, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Kevin Tway, Gary Woodland
SG Putting: Michael Thompson, Luke Donald, Brian Harman, Jonas Blixt, Mac Hughes
Scrambling: Webb Simpson, Chad Campbell, Bill Haas, John Huh, Steve Wheatcroft

✪ Course familiarity is important in Waialae, but it is depending on whom you ask. It is common for a past winner of the Sony Open to not record another top-10 finish in Waialae. Conversely, it is also not uncommon for a player with terrible past results to suddenly have an excellent week and win. Furthermore, there are pros who have never won here but always seem to be in the mix year after year. Course familiarity is a good indicator of general performance but not winning performance.

Best Records at Sony Open: Jimmy Walker (2 wins including one by 9 shots in 2015), Charles Howell III (best player w/o a title, nine top-10s), Justin Thomas (defending champion, shot 59 last year), Russell Henley (1 win, second highest score to par)

✪ Pro golfers are notoriously inconsistent. When they are confident and in good form, they will play well regardless of the course and conditions. When they are in poor form, nothing is going right. We are introducing a new statistic called Confidence Index, which attempts to gauge form using a combination of recent tour performances and tournament history.

Confidence Index: 1. Justin Thomas | 2. Jordan Spieth | 3. Brian Harman | 4. Charles Howell III | 5. Marc Leishman
Fall Season leaders: Patton Kizzire, Austin Cook, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, J.J. Spaun

Staff's prediction: Brian Harman wins 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii
Projected winner (by predictive model): Justin Thomas

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