Tommy Fleetwood during practice at The Open, 2018
Tommy Fleetwood during practice at The Open, 2018 | (ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Golf | Weekly Watch 12-15 January 2023 | The DP World Tour debuts the Hero Cup

By Ros Satar

  • Sony Open in Hawaii 12-15 January
  • Hero Cup 13 -15 January
HAWAII & ABU DHABI – After a thrilling finish to the Tournament of Champions, the DP World Tour swings into action with the Hero Cup.

 

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Sony Open in Hawaii

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Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Course(s) Waialae Country Club
Par 70
Length 7,044 yards (6,441m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke Play
Prize Fund $7.9m

After a thrilling finish at the sentry Tournament of Champions, well for Jon Rahm at least, the PGA Tour proper gets underway with the Sony Open in Hawaii.

While Collin Morikawa takes a week out to nurse the scars of that final round, where a six-point lead evaporated seemingly with every stroke on a disastrous back nine, we continue to look at the young and enigmatic Tom Kim.

Only 20 years old but playing with maturity far beyond those years, he is definitely the one to watch this week – but will come in with a lot of expectation on his shoulders, so it will be fascinating to see if he can take this as much in his stride.

 

Home Nations interest

It has been a while since Russell Knox (SCO) has graced a winner’s circle, winning his two PGA titles in 2015 and 2016, and he will be the first of the Home Nations players in action, starting on the back nine on day 1.

Harry Hall (ENG) earned his first PGA Tour card in 2022 as he won on the Korn Ferry Tour for a second consecutive year, finishing No. 10 on the season-long Korn ferry Tour Eligibility Points List.

Aaron Rai (ENG) earned his PGA Tour card for the 2021-22 season at the Albertsons Boise Open. Although he lost his lead to end up tying for second place, it was enough to earn his ticket for the next season.

Ben Taylor (ENG) finished No. 8 on the Korn ferry Tour eligibility Points List to secure his PGA Tour card for this season.

 

When does it start?

Round 1 starts on Thursday 12 January at 8:10am (5:10pm GMT) with coverage on Sky Sports starting at 5:00pm GMT following featured groups.

You can also listen to PGA Tour Radio on the Sony Open in Hawaii website.

 

Hero Cup

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Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Course(s) Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Par 72
Length 7,642 yards (6,998m)
Tour(s) European Tour (special event)
Format Match play
Prize Fund €2m

The Hero Cup pits a team of Great Britain and Ireland against Continental Europe, not unlike the Seve Trophy which took place between 2000-2013.

Although it kicks off the tour, prize money does not count toward the Race to Dubai.

The format is one session pf foursomes, one session of fourball and one session of singles matches, from the Friday through to the Sunday.

 

Great Britain & Ireland Team:

  • Capt: Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)
  • Ewen Ferguson (SCO)
  • Tyrell Hatton (ENG)
  • Shane Lowry (IRE)
  • Robert MacIntyre (SCO)
  • Richard Mansell (ENG)
  • Seamus Power (IRE)
  • Callum Shinkwin (ENG)
  • Jordan Smith (ENG)
  • Matt Wallace (ENG)

 

Continental Europe

  • Capt: Francesco Molinari (ITA)
  • Thomas Detry (BEL)
  • Nicolai Hojgaard (DEN)
  • Adrian Meronk (POL)
  • Guido Migliozzi (ITA)
  • Alex Noren (SWE)
  • Victor Perez (FRA)
  • Thomas Pieters (BEL)
  • Antoine Rozner (FRA)
  • Sepp Straka (AUT)

 

When does it start?

Round 1 starts on Friday 12 January at 11:05am (7:05am GMT) with coverage on Sky Sports starting at 7:00am GMT.