Sony Open Betting Tips & Predictions 2018
The PGA Tour remains in the stunning Hawaii for the second event of the year, one that was won by American star Justin Thomas last year and he is 8/1 to defend his title. Located on the island of Oahu, Waialae Country Club offers a spectacular setting and guaranteed low scoring for these hardened tour professionals.
The course is just over 7,000 yards in length which will certainly suit the shorter hitters who will find this Par 70 track very manageable. Jimmy Walker won this event twice in the last four years and although he has been well out of form in recent months, a return to this track might bring out the best in him again so 100/1 will tempt many. Read on for our expert analysis and three value picks for the tournament this week.
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This week is all about the short stick and Kevin Kisner is ranked No. 4 on tour in Strokes Gained Putting so that statistic alone puts him right in the frame for success this weekend. He has caught the eye here in Hawaii the last two seasons with T-5 and T-4 finishes, and looked really good last autumn at Sea Island, where he was T-4. He played respectably in Kapalua last week and actually led the field in strokes gained putting even though he finished 17th so if the other aspects of his game improve even marginally this week, he will take beating.
We were confident Cameron could put in a big showing in Kapalua last week but he got off to a very slow start which cost him any chance of victory, especially against the likes of Dustin Johnson who tore the course to shreds. However, his weekend play caught the eye and he finished up in 17th, level with Kisner on eight under Par. We will give him another chance this week. He is going to be hit or miss due to his young age but we have a feeling he will win another PGA Tour event early this season and now may be the time to catch him after his recent success on home soil in Australia.
We want to be with a very strong putter this week in the main and Russell is one of the best men with the short stick on the Tour, in fact his season relies on it because in general his tee to green game wouldn’t be great. He finished off his week at Kapalua with a nice four under Par round which will give him confidence starting this week. He won this tournament in 2013 on what was his pro debut so he has fond memories of the place. He was T-13 last year and looks sure to be in the mix once again.