Sony Open is one of the most prestigious charity golf events, which is held each year in the month of January in Hawaii. This event attracts 144 of the world’s best professional golfers to go up against one another in a friendly but competitive environment. The Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu hosts the Sony Open every year and has raised about $15 million for charity up till now.
Since 1999, the Sony Open has been a part of PGA TOUR schedule and benefits more than 150 non-profit organizations annually. It has become a leading charity event all over the world because of the grand media attention that it receives. This event has made a huge impact on the marketing and economic sector of Hawaii and it is expected to continue to do so in the near future too. The ‘Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc’ is the host of the event and the ‘The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc’ is the charity partner.
This year the Sony Open was held at the same venue from 11th to 17th Jan, 2016 with prize money of $1,044,000. Since 1999, some of the best professional golf players have won this title. Jimmy Walker was the winner in 2014 and 2015 but this time around the Argentinean golf player, Fabian Gomez has won the title beating his U S competitor Brandt Snedeker.
Both the players ended up at 20-under-par 260 and parred No.18 in the first playoff hole. In the second round, Fabian Gomez two-putted for birdie where Brandt Snedeker missed a 10-foot birdie putt to end the game. It was one of the most exciting events in the history of the Sony Open and became very competitive in the end.
In winning this year’s event, he captured his second PGA Tour win and became the second international winner of the Sony Open after K.J. Choi who won the title in the year 2008.