HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The stage is set for the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii as some of the sport's best golfers have made their way to the Waialae Country Club to participate in one of the year's premier golfing tournaments.
The Sony Open began on Monday with the with some practice rounds and a tournament blessing and will continue on through Sunday, Jan. 14. While the pro-am is set tee-off this Wednesday, the tournament's first round of play is set to begin on Thursday with a deep field of competitors.
For a look at the complete field of golfers participating in this year's Sony Open, you can find the leaderboards here.
Tee times for the tournament can be found here. For those interested in watching the event in person, here's some information regarding parking, per the Sony Open:
Free Public Parking
Hunakai Park (Monday-Sunday) on Hunakai Street
Kahala Community Park (Thursday-Sunday) Pueo Street near Moa Street.
Free shuttle transportation takes spectators to the corner of Kahala and Keala?olu Avenues near Main Gate.
Waikiki Trolley Shuttle Service provided by E NOA
Round-trip service ($2 one way) from Waikiki to Waiale Country Club every 30 minutes.
Trolley stops include: Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower, Hard Rock Caf? Stop, Duke Kahanamoku statue (Kuhio Beach), Waikiki Beach across from the zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium.
For ticket information, click here.
Below, we'll take a look at three golfers who are the favorites to become the 2018 Sony Open winner and take home the grand prize of $1.11 million.
Jordan Spieth might not win every tournament he participates in, but he's always in the hunt in the final round.
And last year's Sony Open was no exception.
The 24-year-old finished in third place last year on the relatively flat Waialae Country Club course, but he's looking to win it this time around. Spieth, although he's finished in the Top 10 in his past seven tournaments, hasn't won since capturing the Open Championship since July of last year.
Justin Thomas won this event last year and is currently on one the hottest streak of his career, already with a win under his belt this season and is coming off a 2017 that saw him win five PGA Tour events and the FedEx Cup.
Thomas, the No. 4 ranked player on the tour, will be Spieth's stiffest competition on the course. But in many ways, Thomas has already won the Sony Open before it's even begun.
How? Because Thomas, an Alabama football fan, already won a bet against fellow Sony Open participant Kevin Kisner, a Georgia football fan, who will have to wear an Alabama jersey on tour this week.
Thomas will be in good spirits, win or lose, just to see Kisner sporting the Crimson Tide colors.
Don't sleep on Marc Leishman: He just might make some noise at the Sony Open.
Leishman has made five straight cuts at the Sony, including a T-9th place finish back in 2013, a fifth place finish in 2014 and a T-20 finish last year.
He's coming off a solid performance at Kapalua last week, T-7, which was the first time in his past seven starts that he has posted a finish that high.