Daniel starts season at Sony Open

January 8th, 2014 by Samantha Chopra

Hawaii, January 9: Daniel makes his first start of the season on the PGA Tour this week in the Sony Open at Waialae Counrty Club in Honolulu.

He could not ask for a better location as it was in Hawaii he claimed his second PGA Tour title in 2008 at the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship – staged on the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui.

“I am excited to start the PGA Tour season off in Hawaii where I have such great memories. It is a wonderful place with great people,” said Daniel.

The US$5,600,000 tournament tees-off on Thursday boasting a US$1,008,000 winners’ cheque.

“I played in the Pro Am on Wednesday and it was a nice relaxing start to the week. Played some fun shots with my partners,” added Daniel.
Australian Adam Scott and Americans Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner and KJ Choi from Korea are some of marquee players competing.

Daniel tees off at 7.10am with American Tim Herron and Greg Chalmers from Australia.

The Sony Open is part of the Tour’s FedEx Cup Series. It has been contested at the Waialae Country Club since the event’s modern-day inception as the Hawaiian Open in 1965.

Daniel finished in 21st position on the Web.com Tour Money List last year to regain his PGA Tour card.
The top-25 on the List secured their PGA Tour cards to set themselves up for a lucrative 2014 season. “I am overjoyed and delighted that all the hard work I have put into my game has come into fruition,” said Daniel.
The talented Swede first joined the PGA Tour in 2004 and recorded his breakthrough victory in 2007 when he claimed the Ginn sur Mer Classic.
Two PGA Tour events later he picked up another win at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
In 2010, a dip in form saw him lose his card but he bounced back brilliantly the following season by winning the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic. That helped him regain his PGA Tour card for 2012 after he finished 19th on the Money List.
He was unable to keep his card but following an excellent 2013 season his sights are now firmly set on winning again on the PGA Tour.
Daniel has won on nearly every Tour in the game of golf and has claimed 14 professional tournaments around the world.
In addition to his success in the States he has triumphed three times in Europe, and on six occasions in Asia (two each in India, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei).