From Maui to Oahu
The commitment list for next week's Sony Open at Waialae Country Club was finalized Friday, and 18 of the 30 golfers in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will be headed to Oahu.
The golfers at Kapalua not going to the PGA Tour's second event of the calendar year are Martin Laird, Jonas Blixt, Patrick Reed, Ryan Moore, John Merrick, Bill Haas, Kevin Stricker, Gary Woodland, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson.
The Kapalua field's two reigning major champions - Adam Scott and Jason Dufner - will be at Waialae. Former major winners John Daly, Y.E. Yang, Justin Leonard and Retief Goosen will also be in the Sony field.
The Sony and Hyundai will each have the same three players ranked among the world's top 10 - Scott, ranked second, No. 7 Matt Kuchar and No. 9 Zach Johnson.
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Webb Simpson is working with caddie Ted Scott this week because the wife of his regular caddie, Paul Tesori, is due to have a child soon.
Scott usually works for Bubba Watson, who is not in the field. Simpson said he has been planning for the substitution since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in mid-October.
"I knew he would miss the first couple (events) no matter what," Simpson said. "And so I ended up - I asked Teddy first and he said, 'Ask Bubba, my boss.' So I asked Bubba and he was fine with it, as long as he didn't win."
Watson's final chance to qualify for Kapalua was at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in early November.
"Once he played China, you know, I was good," Simpson said.
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Facts and figures
Zach Johnson was the first-round driving distance leader with a 324-yard average. His drive of 372 yards on the seventh hole also was the longest for a single hole.
Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner tied for most fairways hit at 14, and Ken Duke was the only golfer to hit every green in regulation.
John Merrick notched the longest putt, 40 feet, 10 inches, and Johnson scored the most single putts (11).
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"I was not a happy person last night. You can ask my wife. I didn't say much after the game. But I came out here with a clear head which is good and just tried to enjoy myself."
- Michael Thompson, whose alma mater, Alabama, lost to Oklahoma in Thursday's Sugar Bowl