Power Rankings: 2016 Sony Open


The 2016 fantasy golf season is off and running, as the PGA Tour heads to Oahu this week for the Sony Open in Hawaii. A field of 130 players will tackle the Waialae Country Club, where the key will be navigating tight fairways and small targets.

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Jimmy Walker won this event by nine shots a year ago to successfully defend his title. Here are 10 players to watch in Honolulu:

1. Matt Kuchar: While this tournament has been dominated by Walker in the last two years, Kuchar has been equally solid with four straight finishes of T-8 or better. Eight of his last 16 rounds at Waialae have gone for 66 or better, and his close to last season included top-10 finishes in two of his final three playoff events.

2. Jimmy Walker: Walker emphatically defended his title last year, winning by nine shots. While his production tapered off somewhat in the latter half of last season, Walker finished T-10 last week in Maui and is 40 under par at this event over the last two years.

3. Harris English: English has gotten progressively better each of the last three years here, going from T-9 in 2013 to fourth in 2014 and T-3 last year. He already has two top-25 finishes in four starts this season and is riding a streak of 12 straight sub-par efforts at Waialae.

4. Charles Howell III: Any list of "horses for courses" at Waialae must include Howell, who has recorded eight top-10 finishes since 2002. But his play outside of Oahu is also reason for optimism, as the veteran closed out the fall portion of this season with a five-event stretch that included four finishes of T-17 or better.

5. Zach JohnsonJohnson won here in 2009, but he has recorded only one top-10 result since and finished a disappointing T-63 a year ago. While his short game and wedge play make him an ideal fit for the cozy confines of Waialae, his T-21 finish last week in Maui showed that he may still be adjusting to new equipment.

6. Marc LeishmanThe Aussie has been a regular contender at this event, with five straight finishes of T-27 or better from 2009-2014. That stretch included top-10 finishes in 2013 and 2014, and even last year's T-37 result included a second-round 62.

7. Kevin Kisner: Kisner hasn't played a final round in four prior Sony starts, but he enters as the FedEx Cup leader and brimming with confidence. He wasn't able to sustain the momentum of his hot start in Maui, but a ninth-place result was still his third straight top-10 of the wraparound season.

8. Brandt SnedekerSnedeker hasn't played this event since a T-69 finish in 2008, but he showed plenty of form last week en route to a T-3 finish at Kapalua. Snedeker has been known for hot stretches of streaky play in the past, and if his putter is working like it was in Maui, he'll likely contend again.

9. Adam ScottScott's track record here includes four top-20 finishes - highlighted by a runner-up in 2009 - scattered around a pair of missed cuts. With the anchoring ban now in effect, the question for Scott both this week and moving forward will be his level of success (and comfort) on the greens with a short putter.

10. Justin ThomasThomas held a share of the 36-hole lead here a year ago after a second-round 61. He ended up T-6, one of seven top-10 finishes last season, and after a slow start in Maui he managed to record consecutive rounds of 4-under 69 over the weekend.