Roll tide is alive and well at this year's Sony Open, at the expense of Kevin Kisner

Roll tide is alive and well at this year's Sony Open, at the expense of Kevin Kisner

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You win some, you lose him.

For the professional golfers on the PGA Tour that are competing at the 2018 Sony Open, none of them want to lose. But while the first round of the tournament hasn't even started yet, Kevin Kisner started Sony Open week with a big loss.

And it had nothing to do with his play at Waialae Country Club.

Last week, Kisner and last year's Sony Open winner Justin Thomas placed a friendly wager on the college football national championship game between Alabama and Georgia. Thomas, an Alabama supporter, bet Kisner, a diehard Georgia fan, that Alabama would win.

The loser of the bet would have to wear the opposing team's jersey during the first round of the Sony Open. As it played out, Alabama came back to win in overtime adding insult and shame to Kisner's already broken heart.

To make matters worse, Kisner and Thomas are paired to tee-off at the same time, in the same group.

"It'll be great," Thomas said Wednesday when asked about Kisner. "I'm gonna have to ask the Tour if I can break any rules to get my phone out to take some pictures of him cause I'm looking forward to seeing him in an Alabama jersey."

Even though Thomas could rub the loss in Kisner's face, he's choosing to take the high road.

"It hurts enough losing, so it's not like I'm gonna kick them while they're down," he said. "It was a heck of a game. I don't have the hatred for Georgia that a lot of people do."

Thomas was thrilled when the Crimson Tide came back after trailing 13-0 at halftime, and even placed a phone call to the second most popular person in Alabama.

"It was unbelievable. I called coach (Nick) Saban to leave him a voicemail yesterday and he actually answered, which I couldn't believe so I was actually shocked to get to talk to him," Thomas said.

As for the most popular person in the state of Alabama, freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Thomas is a big fan of his and has felt the love from locals since arriving to the islands - even though he can't pronounce his full name.

"I stop at Tua," Thomas said with a smile.

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