Sony Open in Hawaii champion Justin Thomas set tournament and PGA TOUR scoring records at Waialae Country Club in January, firing a first-round 59 to become the seventh TOUR player - and the youngest - to break 60. Thomas closed with a 66 during the final round to finish at 27-under-par 253, breaking the TOUR’s 72-hole record. He also set TOUR and tournament records for lowest 36-hole total (123) and tied Steve Stricker for lowest 54-hole PGA TOUR score (188), five shots better than the 54-hole Sony Open record. Thomas took a seven-stroke lead into the final round, the largest third-round advantage on the TOUR in 12 years.
The Golf Channel and PGA TOUR pros have already moved on from the first full-field TOUR event of 2017, but as the largest charity sports event in Hawaii, the Sony Open has a year-long impact on charities throughout the islands. Friends of Hawaii Charities is distributing $1 million in charitable grants from proceeds raised at the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii. Among the 155 charity grant recipients are community-based, non-profit organizations which operate programs for Hawaii’s children, women, elderly and its impoverished.
The Sony Open “Drive To A $Million” charity initiative culminates in successfully reaching the million-dollar goal for the 13th consecutive year, thanks primarily to the significant, long-time charity partnership of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., which matches funds raised at the PGA TOUR event dollar-for-dollar.
The 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii, scheduled January 8-14, will mark the 20th anniversary of Sony Corporation as title sponsor of the prestigious PGA TOUR event. Sony is among the five longest-running tournament sponsors on the PGA TOUR. The tournament has always been held at Waialae Country Club, where PGA TOUR competition dates back to 1965. Since its inception, the Sony Open in Hawaii has generated more than $17 million for local charities.
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