The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii this week for the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club, where Patton Kizzire beat James Hahn in a play-off to win last year’s title. The par 70, 7,068-yard layout is not among the Tour’s most difficult and offers plenty of birdie opportunities, as Justin Thomas showed when he opened with a round of 59 on his way to a remarkable 27-under-par total in 2017. The main hazards are 83 strategically placed bunkers and a number of right and left doglegs. Jimmy Walker secured back-to-back victories here in 2014 and 2015 and other previous winners include Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer and Fabian Gomez.
Thomas won by seven strokes two years ago and he leads a strong field this week. The world number four, who finished third at Kapalua last week, is a best price of 13/2* with Bet365, Betfred and Ladbrokes. Bryson DeChambeau is up to fifth in the rankings after winning three of his last seven tournaments and he is second in the betting at 10/1 across the board. Gary Woodland was unfortunate to finish second to Xander Schauffele at last week’s Tournament of Champions where he played consistently well over the four days. He’s at 14/1* with Bet365, Ladbrokes, BetVictor and Paddy Power, while Ladbrokes and Betfred are offering Jordan Spieth at best odds of 16/1*. Marc Leishman completes the bookmakers’ top five, with the Australian available at a best price of 20/1* with Bet365.
Kyle Stanley posted his best-ever year-end ranking in 2018 and has a good opportunity to make a positive start to his 2019 campaign. The world number 34 may not have won last year, but he was runner-up twice and played consistently well, missing only six cuts in 26 starts. He has never missed the cut at this event and is usually competitive, finishing 13th and 10th on two of his last three visits to this venue. William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfred are the three bookies offering best odds of 40/1.*
Kevin Kisner was brilliant during 2017 and although he didn’t hit the same heights last year there were occasional reminders of his undoubted talent. The most notable was at The Open, where he was runner-up, while he also finished 12th at the US PGA Championship. He ended the year by finishing seventh at the RSM Classic. The world number 39 has posted top fives on two of his last three visits to this tournament and can get his year off to a flying start this week. Betfred are offering best odds of 40/1*.
Andrew Putnam enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2018, earning his first PGA Tour title at the Barracuda Championship and making great strides up the world rankings, from 371st to his current position of 67th. The key reason for that was his consistency – he has missed the cut at only one of his last 21 events. He finished fourth at the most recent WGC event and big things are expected of the 29-year-old over the coming 12 months. He’s at 66/1* across the board.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|