The PGA Tour’s 2024 season is off and running.
The first event of the new year is in the books with Chris Kirk winning The Sentry on the Plantation course at Kapalua in Maui. He bested a field of 59 golfers who vied for a $20 million prize in the first signature event of the new year.
With that victory, Kirk now has a chance to join a short list of golfers who have put the career Hawaii double dip on their resumes.
Here’s a closer look at the six golfers who have won both The Sentry and the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Justin Thomas won the two island stops back-to-back in 2017 and then won the Sentry again in 2020.
Cameron Smith won the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in 2020.
Zach Johnson won his second-to-last PGA Tour victory at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The 2023 Ryder Cup captain also claimed the Sony Open in 2009.
Vijay Singh won the Sony Open in 2005 during a torrid stretch where he won 17 times over a three-year period (2003 to 2005).
In 2007, he opened his year with a win in the then-Mercedes-Benz Championship at Kapalua.
Ernie Els won the Hawaii double back-to-back in 2003, then a year later he repeated at the Sony.
It was in 2003 in Maui that Els seemed finally due to win after several close calls at Kapalua: T-14 in 1997, T-10 in 1998, solo second in 2000 (after an epic duel with Tiger Woods) and T-3 in 2001.
Jim Furyk won his Hawaii Double at the then-United Airlines Hawaiian Open (now Sony)…