The PGA Tour season resumed from its Christmas break on the weekend with a successful Tournametn of Champions in Hawaii. We stay on the island this week as we head to Honolulu for the annual Sony Open. As usual, we have you covered with a full preview and betting picks below.
Sony Open Betting Picks
It was a great week for Total Sports Picks and followers at the Tournament of Champions last week but also extremely heartbreaking! Our value pick for the event, youngster Joaquin Neimann, got hot in the final round and was the clubhouse leader until Harris English came home strong and forced a playoff. English was successful in the playoff robbing us of the win but there was still plenty of value to be had in a high placing for the young Chilean.
We’ll be hunting more value as we head to Honolulu this week for the Sony Open, getting underway in prime-time on Thursday night and continuing throughout the weekend.
The field definitely doesn’t have the star power that we saw last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions but it still has some strong names in the mix. Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Sungjae Im, Matt Kuchar, Viktor Hovland and Cameron Smith will headline the field.
Past winners of the Sony Open who will be back looking for a repeat win this week include Matt Kuchar, Patton Kizzire, Fabian Gomez, Jimmy Walker, Russell Henley, Zach Jonshon and the reigning champion, Aussie Cam Smith. Smith won his second PGA Tour event with the win in Hawaii and is in great form in the lead up to his defence.
Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii has been the host of the Sony Open, formerly known as the Hawaii Open since all the way back in 1965. The course was designed by the famous course designer Seth Raynor and opened for play back in 1927. It plays as a Par 70 at just over 7,040 yards and apart from the strong winds, is a pretty stark contrast to the Kapalua course players competed at last week for the Tournament of Champions.
As it is on a lot of island courses, wind is arguably the biggest factor at Waialae Country Club, and winning scores have ranged from 11 under par to 27 under par over the last five years alone. Good course management and the ability to play balls cutting through the wind will be key at Waialae Country Club this week.
Cam Smith (+650)
Really like the look of Cam Smith this week. The young Aussie has been in fantastic form to open the new PGA Tour season and has some real pedigree at Waialae Country Club. He took out a thrilling win in a playoff over Brendan Steele last season and has not missed the cut at the Sony Open in the last four years straight.
He has been really good to open up the PGA Tour season, playing six official events and making the cut in all of them with two top 10 finishes and a further three top 25 finishes. The most impressive of those was his T2 at the Masters, being beaten out by only Dustin Johnson in his best ever finish at a major.
Charles Howell III (+750)
If you’re hunting some more value this week, look no further than Charles Howell III. This guy might have had the most success at one single PGA Tour tournament without having one said tournament in history. He has made 19 consecutive starts at the Sony Open dating all the way back to 2002 and in those starts, he has finished in the top 10 on 10 occasions and in the top 5 on 7 occassions. Back him at large odds to finish high this week.
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