2017 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Sony Open in Hawaii Betting OddsPGA Tour Golf Betting Odds: For all intents and purposes, the 2017 PGA Tour calendar will kick off with the Sony Open. This is the first event of the calendar year that a full slate of golfers will be joining, and though some will choose to skip the trip to Hawaii, most will come and play for the first time in 2017. With the PGA Tour season officially starting in October now, players who took the fall and the winter off will finally start to be able to accumulate those valuable FedEx Cup points.

Catch all of the action at the Sony Open from Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, January 17.

2017 Sony Open At a Glance
Course: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, HI
Par: 280
Course Length: 7,044 yards
Defending Champion: Fabian Gomez
Tournament Record: -28 (256)

The PGA Tour stops in Hawaii are largely considered to be some of the easiest in professional golf, and as a result, scores are generally pretty low. That said, the biggest thing is that the second tier and third tier of golfers who are generally around the cut line for the major tournaments have a legitimate shot to win here at the Sony Open, as we saw last year with Fabian Gomez trumping them all. It's a short course at just 7,044 yards, and with bigger fairways and less menacing rough, it's harder to make really bad shots than reasonable ones, particularly off of the tee boxes. Every green should be reachable in two for most of the golfers, even on the Par 5s.

List of Sony Open Winners (Since 2000)

Year Winner Score to Par
2016 Fabian Gomez -20
2015 Jimmy Walker -23
2014 Jimmy Walker -17
2013 Russell Henley -24
2012 Johnson Wagner -13
2011 Mark Wilson -16
2010 Ryan Palmer -15
2009 Zach Johnson -15
2008 K.J. Choi -14
2007 Paul Goydos -14
2006 David Toms -19
2005 Vijay Singh -11
2004 Ernie Els -18
2003 Ernie Els -16
2002 Jerry Kelly -14
2001 Brad Faxon -20
2000 Paul Azinger -19

Even though the Waialae Country Club isn't all that difficult of a course, it's a Par 70 course, making it a little bit tougher to fire those super low scores. The course record is just a -9, 261, and those most will end their days in the 260s more often than not, getting much beyond that would require a heck of a day at the office.

Gomez fired a -20 to win the Sony Open last year, ending a run of seven straight American golfers. Still, it's notable that all but one of the last 12 winners of the Sony Open has been a different man, the only exception being Jimmy Walker, who went back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

Most Career Wins at Sony Open

Wins Golfer Years
2 Ernie Els 2003, 2004
2 Hubert Green 1978, 1979
2 Corey Pavin 1986, 1987
2 Lanny Wadkins 1988, 1991
2 Jimmy Walker 2014, 2015

Walker though, wasn't nearly the first to go back-to-back at the Sony Open. He's the third, in fact, joining Corey Pavin who did it first in 1986 and 1987, then again by Ernie Els in 2003 and 2004. These three are amongst the five men who have won the Sony Open more than once in their careers. One particularly notable winner of the Sony Open in the past was Isao Aoki, who became the first Japanese man to ever win a PGA Tour event when he captured this title in 1983 by a single strong over Jack Renner.

Best Winning Tournament Scores at Sony Open

Score Golfer Year
-28 (260) John Huston 1998
-24 (256) Russell Henley 2013
-23 (257) Jimmy Walker 2015
-23 (265) Hale Irwin 1981
-23 (265) John Cook 1992

The Sony Open used to be played on a Par 72 course, and that explains why John Huston's tournament to par record of -28 actually features more shots than the aggregate score record of 256 set by Russell Henley in 2013. Huston's -28 is going to be really tough to top. It will likely require golfers to shoot in the relatively low-60s all four days at the Sony Open, and considering the fact that last year was the first time any man ever fired a -9, 61 at Waialae Country Club in tournament play, it's highly unlikely that someone is going to be able to string together four rounds averaging 63 to break that mark.

How to bet on Sony Open in Hawaii

The odds of a golfer to win the Sony Open in Hawaii will generally look something like:

  • Tiger Woods + 150
  • Phil Mickelson + 250
  • Steve Stricker + 300
  • Jeff Overton + 700
  • Ernie Els + 700
  • Field + 600

These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.

A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the Sony Open in Hawaii, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.

Another commonly placed bet in PGA golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.

A head-to-head betting line for the Sony Open in Hawaii will look something like:

  • Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150

In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.

Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to PGA golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of PGA golf betting without to much trouble.

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