The PGA Tour stays in Hawaii this week for the Sony Open where Matt Kuchar is returning as the defending champion.
Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed who were involved in a three-way play-off with Xander Schauffele last week’s Tournament of Champions will both tee it up looking for a similar week. But who are our tipster’s best bets this week?
Venue: Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: January 9-12, 2020
Course stats: Par-70, 7,044 yards
Defending champion: Matt Kuchar (-22)
Friday: 12am (Sky Sports Golf and Main Event)
Saturday: 12am (Sky Sports Golf and Main Event)
Sunday morning (3rd round): 12am (Sky Sports Golf)
Sunday evening (4th round): 11pm (Sky Sports Golf)
Sony Open betting tips: Who to back each-way
Charles Howell III (40/1 with bet365) loves a top-10 finish at this event and has tallied up six in his last 10 starts here, most recently a tied 8th in 2019.
He played some good stuff towards the end of last year with a top-10 at the new Zozo Championship but did finish his year with a disappointing missed cut at the RSM where he was defending.
His course form alone is enough to suggest he’s a strong each-way pick at the price available and this looks the ideal opportunity for him to return to form.
Brian Stuard (70/1) has played plenty of encouraging golf so far this season and hasn’t missed a cut since the first event of the season.
At a big price, he should be considered for an each-way selection as his course form goes nicely with his good recent form.
He’s had two top 10s here and in the last three years and four top 10s in total at the Sony Open. The course suits his game and he has ranked inside the top 10 in driving accuracy percentage in each of the past four seasons, so expect plenty of fairways to be hit.
This week’s outside pick is Kyle Stanley (125/1). The 32-year-old has been frustratingly inconsistent over that past year or so but among some missed cuts he has had his fair share of good finishes.
While his overall results have been all over the place, his performances in this event have been fairly good year on year.
He had a top 10 in 2018 and a top 15 two years prior with his most recent start here resulting in a share of 22nd. With this in mind I’m happy to have a small each-way punt at a big price.
So who will win? Head to the next page to see my top tip…