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Location: Waialae CC, Honolulu, HI

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Defending Champ:  Jimmy Walker

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2015 Top 5

Jimmy Walker -17

Chris Kirk -16

Jerry Kelly -15

Harris English -14

Marc Leishman -13

 

Round by Round Leader

Round 1 - Sang Moon Bae 63

Round 2 - Marc Leishman/Hudson Swafford/Paul Goydos 64

Round 3 - Will Wilcox/John Daly 64

Round 4 - Jimmy Walker 63

 

2016 Yahoo Expert Picks

 

1. MATT KUCHAR [YAHOO CLASS B] - WORLD RANKING: #16

 
Kuchar's profile fits this course like a glove and it's shown in the last five years. Kuch has played here four times in the last five years and hasn't finished lower than T8 in those four starts. In the four years prior to this run, he'd missed three of four cuts and his only weekend saw him finish T65. So, he's figured something out and it's time to ride him again this week.
 
2. JIMMY WALKER [YAHOO CLASS B] - WORLD RANKING: #12
 
I'm not sure there's much to say. He's won back to back at the Sony and comes in looking for the three-peat. If you want to fade him, that's fine, but I think there isn't any reason to leave him off your Group B crew this week.
 
3. BRANDT SNEDEKER [YAHOO CLASS B] - WORLD RANKING: #42
 
When Snedeker has that putter working, look out! He looked great last week and I believe his form will carry over into this week. He's one of my statistical favorites as well as he finished 2015 fifth in SG:P, 106th in SG:T2G, 35th in P4BOB, 57th in GIR
 
4. HARRIS ENGLISH [YAHOO CLASS A] - WORLD RANKING: #64
 
You'll see I'm putting a lot of faith in course history this week and English is another one with fantastic history here. English has finished in the top 10 each of the last three years. He made three of four cuts to start this season, but that hardly matters when it comes to Waialae.
 
5. MARC LEISHMAN [YAHOO CLASS B] - WORLD RANKING: #56
 
Leishman is six for six in cuts made and had his worst finish of his career last year with his T37. He has two top ten finishes and two other top 20s. So, the history is here even if he stumbled a bit last year. He's coming off a win in his last time out at the Nedback Golf Challenge in South Afirce and has been solid in the early part of this new season.

 

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Sned's is playing well right now, and before the injury a couple years ago he was trending way up, he seems to be fully healthy right now, I will take him.

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Well, my tradition of picking the wrong set of golfers, and then starting the ones that do really poorly continues with the Sony Open.  My only hope is that wbealsd chose even more unwisely....

 

Don't care if I win, I just don't want to finish behind Bill!!!!

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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Good Bye top 5. it was fun while it lasted. Now, I can work my bench because my starters....Sucked.


 

Driver:      :mizuno-small:  ST190G on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:

Range Finder: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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Well, my tradition of picking the wrong set of golfers, and then starting the ones that do really poorly continues with the Sony Open.  My only hope is that wbealsd chose even more unwisely....

 

Don't care if I win, I just don't want to finish behind Bill!!!!

That me as well. things are not looking good. 


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What's in the bag:

 

Driver: :wilson_staff_small: FG Tour F5 8* Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution Tour Spec X-flex, :ping-small: Anser 8*, Black Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X-Flex; :cobra-small: King LTD Pro Orange Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X-Flex

 

 

FW Wood: :wilson_staff_small: FG Tour F5 15* Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution Tour Spec X-Flex :ping-small: Anse14*, Fujikura Speeder 757 US Open Edition , X-Stiff

 

 

Irons: :wilson_staff_small: FG Tour V4 2 utility Iron, 3-PW, +0.25, 2* Upright, True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100

 

 

Wedges: :wilson_staff_small: FG Tour PMP Gun Blue 52* bent to 51*, 56* True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 Shafts

 

 

:edel-golf-1: E2 35", :wilson_staff_small: 8802 35.5", :ping-small: Scottsdale, Wolverine C 35" :ping-small: Anser Milled, Anser 2 34"

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That Sucks!

 

I selected matt Every as one of my A players for the tournament, only to find out today that he was not entered.  Why was he listed as playing the day before?


Driver: Cobra King F8 w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Cobra King F8 GW(50*) SW(54*) LW(58*) Putter: 33" Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 mallet putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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Well, my tradition of picking the wrong set of golfers, and then starting the ones that do really poorly continues with the Sony Open.  My only hope is that wbealsd chose even more unwisely....

 

Don't care if I win, I just don't want to finish behind Bill!!!!

 

Well John, I'll lose half (or more) of my roster to the cut, if they don't step up!  I'm just lucky I had 2 players actually competing on day one.

 

That said, those 2 played VERY well and bumped me into 1st place in group one!

 

This is the only shot I'm giving you, so take advantage of it ;)

 

Tip: Walker won't 3-peat and you need to bump Kucher.  Kisner & Lingmerth need to be your starters.


What's In The Bag

Driver :titelist-small:

Titleist 913 D2 10.5* (set to 9.75* / Neutral) 46" Paderson KINETIXX Kevlar Green - R

Fairway Wood

Tom Wishon 949 MC 16.5* Fujikura Speeder 569-A

Hybrid  :cleveland-small: Hibore 22* Aldila VS Proto Blue

Irons  :ping-small: G series 5-P

Wedges :ping-small:Glide 54* SS / 60* TS - SCOR 53*

Putter     :nike-small: Nike Method 001 / P2 Reflex grip 35"

Ball

Master Grip Tour C4

Bag

Datrek DG Lite  

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Well John, I'll lose half (or more) of my roster to the cut, if they don't step up!  I'm just lucky I had 2 players actually competing on day one.

 

That said, those 2 played VERY well and bumped me into 1st place in group one!

 

This is the only shot I'm giving you, so take advantage of it ;)

 

Tip: Walker won't 3-peat and you need to bump Kucher.  Kisner & Lingmerth need to be your starters.

Now that I've swapped in Kisner for Walker it's pretty much guaranteed that Walker will go low today.

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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Now that I've swapped in Kisner for Walker it's pretty much guaranteed that Walker will go low today.

 

Yep - I did the same thing.  One thing you can say about Walker and, to a lesser extent, Reed -- he is Mr. January!

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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This sucks, My A and C Teams, all four players are currently below the cut line, but my B Team is currently 1, 2, and 3.


 

Driver:      :mizuno-small:  ST190G on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:

Range Finder: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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I'm actually doing pretty decent for once. Got lucky picking Sneds and Kelly but anything can happen on Sunday so I ain't gonna hold my breath

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Right Handed

4.5 handicap

Driver: Nike Vapor Flex with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki ZT60x5ct S-flex shaft and stock grip.

3-Metal: Nike VRS 15 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon tour issue Diamana S73x5ct X-flex shaft and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grip.

Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 degrees standard length and lie with KBS Tour-V stiff shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Wedges: Ben Hogan TK15 54, 58 degrees with KBS Tour-V X-flex shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Putter: Nike Method Converge B1|01 with Superstroke Flatso 2.0 grip.

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Well, another lost weekend in Hawaii....

 

Both A players missed the cut, and I've had the incredible knack of playing Kuchar when he sucks, and not playing him when he rocks.

 

Have Snedeker and Kisner, so can hopefully salvage something out of this.

 

BTW - winner gets a box of Bridgestone's new prototype balls, you know, the #BestBallEver...autographed by a Bridgestone staffer...

 

Any guesses?  It's a multiple major winner....


 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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Which Tour? ;)

 

I'll go with Kerrie Webb! 


What's In The Bag

Driver :titelist-small:

Titleist 913 D2 10.5* (set to 9.75* / Neutral) 46" Paderson KINETIXX Kevlar Green - R

Fairway Wood

Tom Wishon 949 MC 16.5* Fujikura Speeder 569-A

Hybrid  :cleveland-small: Hibore 22* Aldila VS Proto Blue

Irons  :ping-small: G series 5-P

Wedges :ping-small:Glide 54* SS / 60* TS - SCOR 53*

Putter     :nike-small: Nike Method 001 / P2 Reflex grip 35"

Ball

Master Grip Tour C4

Bag

Datrek DG Lite  

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I put Snedeker in on Day 2 then put Gomez in on Day 4......finished 27th place.


Driver: Cobra King F8 w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Cobra King F8 GW(50*) SW(54*) LW(58*) Putter: 33" Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 mallet putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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I put Snedeker in on Day 2 then put Gomez in on Day 4......finished 27th place.

I thought Kuchar would catch fire on Sunday and put Gomez on the bench...  That cost me a "cool" 34 points...


What's In The Bag

Driver :titelist-small:

Titleist 913 D2 10.5* (set to 9.75* / Neutral) 46" Paderson KINETIXX Kevlar Green - R

Fairway Wood

Tom Wishon 949 MC 16.5* Fujikura Speeder 569-A

Hybrid  :cleveland-small: Hibore 22* Aldila VS Proto Blue

Irons  :ping-small: G series 5-P

Wedges :ping-small:Glide 54* SS / 60* TS - SCOR 53*

Putter     :nike-small: Nike Method 001 / P2 Reflex grip 35"

Ball

Master Grip Tour C4

Bag

Datrek DG Lite  

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