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I would like to welcome everyone to the 2012 edition of the Sony Open. The best golfers in the world will once again being teeing it up Hawaii, a place that combines work and play for many. Players treat the beginning of the year as an opportunity to bring their families to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Last week Steve Stricker was the player who had the pleasure of celebrating a win alongside his wife and children. In the seasons 1st full field event, there will be 143 other players all looking to raise one of the seasons early trophy’s like Stricker did. To do so they will have to conquer Waialae Country Club. Let’s take a closer look at this challenging course.
Waialae Country Club is not an easy way to start off the season, but it does provide plenty of excitement for the viewers. People enjoy seeing players challenged and having to create and shape shots. Though last week’s wide open style is nice every once in a while, it was far too easy of a golf course for Professionals.
Waialae measures only 7068 yards in length but plays as a Par 70. The course is actually played in reverse when the Pros come, with the back nine becoming the front nine, and vice versa. With only two Par 5’s on the course (9 and 18), players will have to attempt to take advantage of the Par 3’s and 4’s for a change.
Tight fairways and extremely small greens are a common theme at Waialae. Look for players who are accurate off the tee and with their irons to have a large advantage at this difficult golf course. Players will also face the elements while playing this week. Undulation and wind never make for a favourable combination, but that is exactly what the players will face. While watching this week take note of how many times players completely misjudge club selection.
My favourite hole at Waialae is the 17th. A Par 3 measuring 189 yards, the 17th hole will give the players fits for various reasons. The green is surrounded by 5 bunkers (4 of them fairly deep), along with some very gnarly rough. The scenery around the 17th has the ability to distract anyone, even a professional, as it is absolutely stunning. Look for players to attempt to hit it at the centre of the small green and two-putt. 3 is a great score on the 17th.