HONOLULU (AP) - Maui is a reunion of winners. Oahu is more of a meet-and-greet.
The Sony Open is the first full-field event of the PGA Tour, a time filled with as much optimism as curiosity. It is not unusual to see veterans looking at names on the golf bags to figure out who some of these guys are. There are 26 rookies at Waialae, 10 of them who have never teed it up in any PGA Tour event.
"You walk on that range and you feel like you're on a different tour," Ernie Els said.
Introductions are part of the charm of the Sony Open, a tournament that brings together veterans and rookies, old and new. The field includes 54-year-old Fred Funk, and he's not even the oldest player at Waialae. That would be 67-year-old Dave Eichelberger, now a PGA club pro who recently won the Aloha Section and earned a spot in the field.
The rookies include Joseph Bramlett, a Stanford graduate who made it through Q-school and became the first player of black heritage since Tiger Woods to join the PGA Tour.