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|2014 Sony Open in Hawaii champion Jimmy Walker collected his second PGA TOUR victory and a check for $1,008,000 from Kiyoshi Shikano, senior vice president, Sony Corporation and Corbett Kalama, president of Friends of Hawaii Charities. Photo by Ross Hamamura.|
Congratulations to 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii champion Jimmy Walker who collected his second PGA TOUR victory after closing Sunday's final round with a 7-under 63 for a one-shot victory over Chris Kirk. Walker finished at 17-under 263 and took home the champion's check of $1.08 million. Walker went 187 tournaments on the PGA TOUR without a win, until this 2013-14 season when he won the Frys.com Open in October 2013 and then the Sony Open. The stars have aligned for this astronomy fanatic.
Each year, the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts 144 of the world's greatest golf professionals to the island of Oahu. The signature fundraising event for Friends of Hawaii Charities and the first full-field PGA TOUR event of the year, the next Sony Open in Hawaii will tee up January 12-18, 2015 at Waialae Country Club.
In just 15 years, the Sony Open has emerged as the largest charity sporting event in the islands and a leader in charitable giving in the state of Hawaii, raising over $14 million dollars for the community with the support of its community partner, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. With a significant start of generating $256,000 for 43 charities in 1999, tournament charity proceeds now surpass the $1 million mark annually benefiting more than 100 not-for-profit organizations each year.
The event reaches over 560 million homes in some 220 countries and territories via multiple national and international broadcast networks, and contributes an estimated $100 million in marketing and economic impact to Hawaii. One of the most international events on the PGA TOUR schedule, the Sony Open showcases international golf talent and camaraderie against the backdrop of Hawaii's natural beauty to the world. The rounds of professional tournament competition are nationally broadcast live by Golf Channel and the Sony Open is the only PGA TOUR tournament with live broadcasts to Japan provided by NHK and Jupiter Sports Network. In 2007 the Sony Open debuted live event coverage to China and India making it one of the most internationally-televised golf events in the world.
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