Zach Johnson won the Sony Open in 2009. Image courtesy of golf.com/Getty Images
He’ll never be regarded as one of the flashiest or most popular golfers on the PGA Tour, but few players show the consistency of Zach Johnson . Since his rookie year in 2004, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have won more events on the tour. His storming finish to take out the Tournament of Champions event at Kapalua last week was his third victory in six starts, and he did it on a course that should have been ripped apart by men much longer off the tee than him.
It was Johnson’s short game and his short irons that got him home, and this week he lines up on a course much more suited to his style of game; The Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. He won the Sony Open here in 2009, but strangely, he has just one other top-30 finish in eight apperances. Regardless, he is in rare form and is a massive threat.
Talking about threats, Jordan Spieth looks set for a win in a big tournament this year if his performance last week is anything to go by. The 20-year-old is a phenomenal talent and with a bit more luck and a better run with the flatstick, could have forced a playoff with Johnson (coincidentally, he beat him in a playoff to win the John Deere Classic in 2013 for his first tournament victory). His second placing at Kapalua was the fourth time he has finished runner-up in a PGA Tour tournament.
Adam Scott briefly threatened late on the final day on Maui, but finished in a tie for sixth. He is the highest-ranked player in the field at Waialae, and finished second here behind Johnson when he won in 2009. South African Tim Clark finished in the same spot in 2011 and 2013, with longshots such as Russell Henley , Johnson Wagner , Mark Wilson and Ryan Palmer taking out the event the past four years.
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