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SONY Open in Hawaii - January 08, 2007

Sony Open in Hawaii Notes

  • David Toms posted his career low on the PGA TOUR in 2006’s third round with a 9-under 61. Toms’ previous TOUR low was the 62 he shot in the third round of the 2001 EDS Byron Nelson Championship. Toms’ 61 set the current course record at Waialae Country Club (since officials changed the par to 70 in 1999). John Cook (2002), Steve Allan, Frank Lickliter II (2004) and Ernie Els (2005) all shot 62s at Waialae. Davis Love III posted a 12-under-par 60 at the 1994 tournament when the par was 72.

  • The field's Driving Accuracy Percentage at the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club was a TOUR low 43.66 percent. Jim Furyk led the way by hitting the fairway with his drives 67.86 percent of the time. That figure tied Jeff Sluman at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Country Club for the lowest Driving Accuracy Percentage for the category leader in 2006.

  • The first round of the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii was the most-difficult at the tournament since the course was changed to a par 70 in 1999. Here is a look at the five toughest rounds at Waialae Country Club since 1999:

Year Round Scoring Average
2006 First 71.917
1999 Second 71.868
2005 First 71.813
2000 Third 71.568
2002 First 71.361

  • Three rookies finished inside the top 10 at the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii, their first starts of the 2006 season. Bubba Watson was fourth, Nathan Green finished fifth and J.B. Holmes tied for 10th.

  • Players who have held or shared the third-round lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii have gone on to win 20 of the 41 times this tournament has gone all 72 holes. The last to do so was David Toms in 2006. He was tied with Chad Campbell through 54 holes before defeating Campbell and Rory Sabbatini by five.

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