Sony Open 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Jimmy Walker (ew)Tournament Winner22/1Stan James
Scott Piercy (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Pat Perez (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power

Venue

The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii for the Sony Open 2017 at the Waialae Country Club, where Fabian Gomez was the surprise winner last year. The par 70, 7,068-yard layout offers plenty of birdie opportunities – Russell Henley won with a 24-under par total in 2013. The main hazards are 83 strategically placed bunkers and a number of right and left doglegs. Jimmy Walker secured back-to-back victories in 2014 & 2015.

Favourites

Jordan Spieth is the market leader at a best price of 15/2, but Hideki Matsuyama is also in single figures after his remarkable run of form, which continued with a 2nd place finish at the SBS Champions tournament last week. The Japanese star is at 8/1 with several firms. Justin Thomas beat Matsuyama by three shots at Kapalua and he is a 14/1 chance this week with Stan James – who are offering 6 places for each-way bets. Walker is available at 22/1 with Stan James as he bids for a third success here. Brandt Snedeker, who lost a play-off to Gomez 12 months ago, is at 28/1 with Coral.

Tips

Jimmy WalkerWe enjoyed a 22/1 winner with Justin Thomas last week and we will bid for another with JIMMY WALKER at this tournament. The two-time Sony Open winner was unable to maintain his strong start at Kapalua, but played well enough to give us confidence that he can go well at what must be his favourite event. Walker, who was just outside the top 10 as he defended last year, has shot scores of 66 or better in nine of his last 13 rounds here.

Scott PiercySCOTT PIERCY has been one of the form players in the opening months of the 2016-2017 season, claiming top 10s on three of his five starts and he arrives here looking to build on some fine performances at this course – he was a runner-up here in 2014 and also shared 13th place last year. It’s a strong field, but he should probably be a little shorter than the 45/1 on offer with Stan James – especially as they are offering 6 places each-way.

Pat PerezPAT PEREZ must be full of confidence after his recent results, which have seen him follow up victory at the Mayakoba Classic with a share of third at the Tournament of Champions last week. He also finished seventh at the Shriners Hospitals tournament in November, making it three successive top 10s. Back-to-back top 10s in 2013 and 2014 suggest he knows how to shoot low scores around this course and he’s available at 40/1 with Paddy Power.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Jimmy Walker (ew)Tournament Winner22/1Stan James
Scott Piercy (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Pat Perez (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power