The Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii plays host to the Sony Open the 1st full field event on the PGA Tour in 2019.
A par 70 layout, this course tends to allow the shorter hitters to compete on even terms. It is tree lined with small greens and the wind and rough can both be factors and the winning scores vary according to the difficulty of both. The wind is not expected to be a factor this week. Greens in Regulation is generally a key stat with recent winners (bar Kizzire last year) all ranking high up in this department.
Despite the distinct differences between this course and last week’s one, the majority of recent champions have played the week before winning.
2018 – Patton Kizzire -17*
2017 – Justin Thomas -27
2016 – Fabian Gomez -20*
2015 – Jimmy Walker -23
2014 – Jimmy Walker -17
2013 – Russell Henley -24
28/1 and better the balance
Justin Thomas at 13/2 – each way
The 2017 champion finished T14 last year and a solid 3rd place last week suggests he is ready to go in again. He also finished 6th here on debut in 2015 however missed the cut the year after.
Patton Kizzire at 40/1 – each way
The defending champion finished in the top 10 last week and he looks to have a big chance of challenging again especially now that he seems to have found some consistency.
Brian Harman at 66/1 – each way
Harman is well rested and returns to action at a course he loves after 4 consecutive top 20’s here including a 4th place last year.
Chris Kirk at 80/1 – each way
Kirk has a runner up finish, a top 5 and a top 10 in his last 6 starts here. He was solid though not spectacular at the end of last season.
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