Sony has sponsored the Sony Open in Hawaii continuously since 1999, and 2023 tournament marks its 25th anniversary. Each year, all proceeds from this event are channeled back into the Hawaiian community through partner Friends of Hawaii Charities to support children, women, the elderly and the economically disadvantaged. With a total of over $23 million donated*2 to over 350 charities to date, the tournament is the largest charity sports event in Hawaii.
The title sponsor’s exemption spots for the Japan Golf Association and the Japan Golf Tour Organization selected through the “Sony Open Challenge” will go to Kohei Okada and Kazuki Higa. This initiative started last year as a way to support the dreams of young golfers playing in Japan who wish to compete on a global level.
Comments from Kohei Okada (Amateur invited by Japan Golf Association)
Since I am craving to compete on a global level, I am grateful to be given this opportunity to know where I currently stand. I will do my very best.
Comments from Kazuki Higa (Professional invited by Japan Golf Tour Organization)
This will be my second time playing in the Sony Open in Hawaii since 2020.
Last time, I was not able to play at my best. This time I am grateful given another chance, and as the leading money winner on the Japan Golf Tour, I hope to show my stronger self.
The Golf Channel (US and International)
First – Second round January 12th – 13th 7:00pm-10:30pm EST LIVE
Third – Final round January 14th – 15th TBD
*Broadcast in Japan is still TBD
Notable players (subject to change):
Defending Champion Hideki Matsuyama
Past Champions Patton Kizzire, Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi, Fabian Gomez, Jerry Kelly
Also, Adam Scott, Rory Sabbatini, Billy Horschel, Stewart Cink, Sungjae Im, Kazuki Higa, Kaito Onishi, Yuto Katsuragawa, Taiga Semikawa, Keita Nakajima, Kohei Okada
Course: Waialae Country Club (Length 7,044 yards / Par 70)
Champion’s prize: $1,422,000
Defending Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Host / Sponsor of Record: Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.
Title sponsor: Sony Group Corporation