The PGA Tour stays in Hawai’i and expands the field for the Sony Open in Hawai’i, which gets underway on Thursday from the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. For the first time this year we’ll have a full field of 144 golfers with the cut rule in place, and 24 players make the trek to Oahu from Maui after competing in last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. Harris English goes for a sweep in the Hawai’i Swing after emerging victorious last week. He’s positioned behind Webb Simpson and Collin Morikawa on the odds board with all the favorites featured in several matchups. A larger field means more betting opportunities and there are plenty. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of matchup betting odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Sony Open in Hawai’i Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Russell Henley -120 vs. Adam Scott -110
James Hahn -120 vs. Kyle Stanley -110
Russell Henley -115 vs. Ryan Palmer -115
Kevin Na -135 vs. Erik Van Rooyen +105
JT Poston -115 vs. Rory Sabbatini -115
Carlos Ortiz -115 vs. Talor Gooch -115
Chez Reavie -130 vs. Brandt Snedeker +100
Sebastian Munoz -105 vs. Brian Harman -125
Scott Piercy -120 vs. Tom Hoge -110
Abraham Ancer -130 vs. Kevin Kisner +100
Lanto Griffin +100 vs. Brendon Todd -130
Cameron Smith -115 vs. Kevin Kisner -115
Sungjae Im -125 vs. Hideki Matsuyama -105
Abraham Ancer -125 vs. Cameron Smith -105
Sungjae Im -135 vs. Joaquin Niemann +105
Adam Scott -125 vs. Ryan Palmer -105
Billy Horschel -120 vs. Matt Kuchar -110
Daniel Berger -115 vs. Harris English -115
Collin Morikawa -105 vs. Harris English -125
Webb Simpson -125 vs. Harris English -105
Zach Johnson -105 vs. Sergio Garcia -125
Patton Kizzire +110 vs. Russell Knox -140
Si Woo Kim -120 vs. Keegan Bradley -110
Chen Tsung Pan +105 vs. Chris Kirk -135
Charles Howell Iii -115 vs. Emiliano Grillo -115
Sepp Straka -130 vs. Stewart Cink +100
Cameron Davis -130 vs. Branden Grace +100
Jason Kokrak -155 vs. Mark Leishman +125
Webb Simpson -140 vs. Collin Morikawa +110
Collin Morikawa -120 vs. Daniel Berger -110
Webb Simpson -130 vs. Daniel Berger +100
Hideki Matsuyama -125 vs. Joaquin Niemann -105
Matthew Nesmith -120 vs. Mackenzie Hughes -110
Need to Know
For those who played last week, the Waialae Country Club layout is much different than the one at Kapalua. At 7,044 yards, the course is short by Tour standards and will require players to club down. By contrast, the Plantation Course played at over 7,500 yards. The shorter yardage puts an emphasis on accuracy rather than distance, though it is an advantage to have played at the TOC with 16 of the previous 22 Sony Open champions having competed the week prior. Water comes into play on a few holes, but for the most part it’s a manageable course for the pros with five of the past eight winners scoring -20 or better. Conditions played a role last year with Smith’s 11-under the highest 72-hole count since 2012. Like last week players will have to navigate the wind, which will certainly be a factor, though the forecast right now calls for calmer conditions.
Sony Open in Hawai’i Matchup Picks
Tom Hoge -110 vs. Scott Piercy
Hoge is an interesting player in a field that appears to be wide open. He Holiday break came at a bad time as he was starting to find his groove with a T3 at the Mayakoba Classic. But he does begin his year at layout that has yielded him success. Hoge gained over two strokes tee-to-green over the field leading to a solo third in 2018 and he was strong on approach and around the greens for a T12 last year.
Cameron Smith -115 vs. Kevin Kisner
This matchup was a tossup so I flipped a coin for a winner. I didn’t actually do that but based on both players’ recent outcomes at Waialae I could have. Smith is the defending champ and he’s 5 for 5 at the Sony Open. He entered the break with an awesome display at the Masters earning a share of second and began the year with a T24 last week. Kisner has three top-5s here since 2016, but he doesn’t have a win. And considering the way Smith handled the challenging winds last year I’ll dip back into that well.
Collin Morikawa -105 vs. Harris English
I’ve backed English a lot over the last year and the time I don’t look at what happens. We know it’s hard to win on Tour and it’s twice as hard to win back-to-back, so I’m fading English again this week. Morikawa showed signs of rising to the top after a deep dive following his first major championship. Still, a two-time winner last year can’t be overlooked, especially after a T7 at Kapalua.
Russell Henley -120 vs. Adam Scott
Henley has been a tough nut to crack. He won his debut at Waialae in 2013 with three rounds of 63, but he hasn’t finished better than 13th with three MCs in seven starts since. I’m hoping that a recent surge in his game has lifted his spirits high enough to reach his inner Hawaiian spirit and pull out an effort like we saw years ago. Henley’s had a good run over the last 11 months with six top-10 finishes.
Lanto Griffin +100 vs. Brendon Todd
Getting Griffin at even-money in this matchup was too good to pass up. He’s enjoyed a lot of success on the islands and his game is suited for both courses, which is a good reason why. He can play the long game as evidenced by his solo 13th at Kapalua a year ago. He followed that with a T7 at Waialae when he carded a closing 64. Back on the islands this year, Griffin opened the swing with a T13 last week, which means better things are ahead.
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