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Shotgun Start: Previewing the Sony Open

Jonathan Wall
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It's tournament time! We continue the season, as is always the case, with the first full-field event of the season — and last stop in Hawaii the Sony Open. Here's a tournament primer to get you prepared for the week.

The course: One of the oldest stops on the PGA Tour, Waialae Country Club's par-70 layout measures 7,068 yards from the tournament tees. At 189 yard, the par 3 17th is the most notable hole on the course, and offers a stern finishing test for the final groups. The wind coming off the ocean can force players to take anywhere from a mid to short iron to a green that has a large bunker on the left that should be avoided at all costs.

The schedule: Tournament runs Thursday-Sunday. It'll be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The field: Steve Stricker, the headliner at the Sony Open, will be coming into the event with some serious moment following his Hyundai Tournament of Champions victory. While he's the only top 5 OWGR member in the field, there are some other big names making the trip to Hawaii, including Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Webb Simpson and David Toms. Mark Wilson is the defending Sony Open champion and with two wins last season, he's definitely another guy you should keep an eye on.

The video: Check out this PGA Tour recap of some of the Sony Open's most memorable moments:

Your turn. Who are your picks for this week? Swing away!

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