US PGA Tour Sony Open 2013 Preview: Leaderboard

John Senden 595 AO

THE first full-field event of the 2013 US PGA Tour gets underway this week with the Sony Open taking place at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu starting Friday morning Australian time.

John Senden leads the Aussie contingent of eight golfers and hopefully to a year that will better the solitary win this country recorded on the tour last year.

That winner was Marc Leishman, who was also the only Aussie to contest the season opening limited-field Hyundai Championship.

The Hyundai event finally concluded Tuesday local time after high winds prevented play for a couple of days.

Big hitting American Dustin Johnson won the Maui event and is again expected to feature prominently after island hopping to Oahu.

The experts are also looking to Zach Johnson, Mark Wilson, Charles Howell 111, Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and Matt Kuchar as possible contenders.

Apart from Senden and Leishman, Australia’s hopes rest with Robert Allenby, Matt Jones, Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy and Steve Bowditch.

There’s also Scott Gardiner and Alistair Presnell, making their US PGA Tour debuts as cardholders through their performances last year on the secondary Web.com Tour.

The Sony Open will  be screened live in Australia on Fox Sports beginning Friday 11am to 2.30pm with the usual repeats.

2013 Sony Open Leaderboard

2013 Sony Open Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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