Walker aiming for Sony Open three-peat


Two-time defending champion Jimmy Walker can create history with victory at the Sony Open but he must overcome a strong field in Hawaii.

No player has won the Sony Open three times in a row but Walker can do exactly that when the PGA Tour event gets underway in Honolulu on Thursday.

Walker won last year's event by a mammoth nine strokes, having snuck home by a shot 12 months earlier.

"It's cool going back to the Sony," Walker said. "I've never experienced anything like I'll experience [this week], winning two in a row and try to make it three.

"It will be cool. I've got a lot of good memories coming from there. We're excited to get over there."

The 36-year-old American heads to the Waialae Country Club for the first full-field tournament in 2016 in good form after his 10th-place finish at the Tournament of Champions last week.

Walker - a five-time Tour winner - was 15 under the card through 72 holes, 15 shots adrift of champion and world number one Jordan Spieth.

Countryman Brandt Snedeker faired a lot better as he earned the runner-up's cheque in Kapalua and the 35-year-old looms as a big threat at the biggest charity golf event in Hawaii.

"I'm really excited about where my game is at right now," Snedeker said. "I'm doing everything well right now and look forward to playing in the Sony.

"I don't know why through the years I haven't played there more often. Maybe one of those scheduling things. I don't really know. It's one of those old-style courses where you have to drive the ball well and make sure you're in the right spots to score well. I'm looking forward to coming back."

Australian Adam Scott is the highest ranked player in the field, while fellow major winners Graeme McDowell and Zach Johnson will feature.

Seven-time Tour champion Matt Kuchar, the in-form Fabian Gomez, who tied for sixth at the Tournament of Champions, Kevin Kisner, David Lingmerth, Kevin Na and Steven Bowditch are also set to tee off.