Hollywood stars and golf pros collided spectacularly as Jamie Foxx, Anthony Mackie, and Jensen Ackles joined the Pro-Am event ahead of the 2024 Sony Open in Hawaii.
This unique gathering allowed celebrities to tee off alongside top PGA Tour professionals, setting the stage for a dynamic and entertaining start to the prestigious tournament. Si Woo Kim, the defending champion, exuded confidence following his stellar performance at the Sentry at Kapalua.
Returning to the fairways after overcoming significant challenges, Gary Woodland, who underwent brain surgery in September, expressed gratitude for the support during his recovery. Joining him in the comeback journey is Will Zalatoris, recovering from back surgery last spring.
Zalatoris, after participating in the Hero World Challenge, emphasized the importance of patience as he readies himself for the Sony Open.
The Sony Open, marking the first Full-Field Event of 2024, boasts a diverse lineup of experienced players and rising talents. With recent winner Chris Kirk, Tyler McCumber, and past champions Russell Henley and Hideki Matsuyama in the mix, the competition promises a blend of seasoned skill and emerging prowess. Sponsor exemptions Blaze Akana, Kensei Hirata, and Takumi Kanaya add local and international flavor to the player lineup.
In a spotlight on the next generation of golf, the Sony Open showcases talents under 25, including Ludvig Åberg, Akshay Bhatia, and 19-year-old Blaze Akana, who received a special sponsor invite. The tournament kickstarts the FedExCup race, with players vying for points that open doors to prestigious events like the Presidents Cup and the Olympics. The introduction of the Aon Swing 5 adds an extra layer of competition intensity.
Notable in the transition from analyst to player, Kevin Kisner returns to competitive play after a three-month hiatus. The four-time TOUR winner aims to bounce back from a challenging 2023, underlining the significance of earning FedExCup points in this season’s opener.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Waialae Country Club’s challenging course, designed by Tom Doak, the Sony Open is poised to deliver riveting moments. With Justin Thomas holding the 72-hole record at 253 and an 18-hole record of 59, the tournament’s history adds an extra layer of excitement. Si Woo Kim, the reigning champion, will look to defend his title with the same flair that secured his fourth TOUR title last year.