K.J. Choi was 15-under through three rounds last year and cruised home with a 1-over 71 to win by three strokes over Rory Sabbatini. Choi's lone birdie in the final round came on the 18th hole.
The Korean became the sixth person to win the Sony Open in wire-to-wire fashion and he also pushed his record to 5-0 when holding the 54-hole lead.
Choi will have his hands full this week as an impressive field gathers at Waialae. Of the 33 players from last week's winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship, 26 are also playing this week.
Top stars who played last week and are skipping this event include Masters champ Trevor Immelman, Mercedes co-runner-up Anthony Kim and 2005 Sony Open winner Vijay Singh.
However, Choi will have to deal with the likes of Ogilvy, who won by six at Kapalua, Ernie Els, 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, who shared second place with Kim at the Mercedes, and Adam Scott.
The Golf Channel has nearly 18 hours of coverage again this week.
The Tour heads back to the mainland next week for the 50th Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. D.J. Trahan was a three-stroke winner there last year.