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Sony Open golf tournament will continue to be played in Hawaiʻi

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Stewart Cink putts on the 18th green during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Jamm Aquino)

The Sony Open golf tournament will continue to be played in Hawaiʻi for the foreseeable future.

Sony announced that it will maintain its sponsorship of the PGA Tour event through 2026. The company has underwritten the tournament, held at Waialae Country Club on Oʻahu, since 1999.

In a statement, Sony executive Hiroshi Kawano said beginning next year, they will also offer exemptions to golfers playing on the Japanese tour. Exemptions are positions in the tournament field that are filled at the discretion of the sponsor.

Proceeds from the tournament support charitable programs through Friends of Hawaii Charities, with nearly $22 million donated since 1999.

Kevin Na won the 2021 Sony Open. The next event is scheduled for Jan. 13 through 16, 2022.

No announcement has been made yet as to whether spectators will be allowed at the 2022 tournament.

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