2012 Sony Open: 5 Players That Could Win It

Joseph SeymourContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2012

2012 Sony Open: 5 Players That Could Win It

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    As the first full-field PGA Tour event of 2012, the Sony Open hosts a number of great players looking to capture the title.

    The Hyundai Tournament of Champions gave us a good look at last year's winners and who might be struggling coming into the regular season.

    Here's a look at some players that have a great shot at taking the 2012 Sony Open.

Steve Stricker

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    No surprise here. 

    Coming off a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Steve Stricker is looking to carry that momentum to Waialae CC and secure win number two. 

    Although he struggled during some of his rounds last week, he found a way to grind it out and post good numbers. The course at Waialae is 100% different than that at Kapalua, but expect him to be near the top of the leaderboard all week.

Webb Simpson

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    Coming back after a fantastic year in 2011, Webb Simpson had a solid showing at the Tournament of Champions. 

    Look for him to ride the momentum from last year and this past week all the way to possibly the top spot.

Jonathan Byrd

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    Jonathan Byrd tends to play well in Hawaii.

    He had a strong showing last week and a win the year prior at the Tournament of Champions. 

    He didn't finish well at the Sony last year, but he looks to be on his A game. I expect him to perform well this week.

Mark Wilson

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    Defending champ Mark Wilson is looking to reclaim his title after a decent start at the Tournament of Champions. 

    His game looked solid, but he's going to need to sink more putts this week if he wants to be a repeat winner.

Vijay Singh

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    Ok, I know this is kind of a shot in the dark. 

    Vijay Singh hasn't played like himself in quite some time now, but I think it's time for his comeback. 

    Having won this event in 2005, Singh is no stranger to Waialae. I think it's as great of a venue as any for Vijay to finish No. 1 on the leaderboard.

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