This week’s PGA action is the Sony Open in Hawaii, which is the second leg of the two-stop Hawaiian mini swing.
Previously the Hawaiian Open, it’s been a regular feature on the schedule for more than 50 years, boasting plenty of course and tournament form. There’s always a strong link with players who perform well the previous week in Maui, who then come to Honolulu in-tune with the conditions and having found a bit of form after the holidays. And as such, it’s always a well-contested event as many of the Tournament of Champions players stay on to compete this week.
Prize money $7.5m ($1.18m to the winner)
Field size 137
Course winners taking part Matt Kuchar, Patton Kizzire, Kevin Na, Cameron Smith, Russell Henley, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Palmer, Zach Johnson
Highest-ranked OWGR players in field Cameron Smith (10), Harris English (14), Hideki Matsuyama (19), Abraham Ancer (20), Jason Kokrak (22), Billy Horschel (23).
Sony Open in Hawaii: The Course
Waialae Country Club is a 7,044 yard course, a par 70, which dates back to 1927. Designed by Seth Raynor, there are just the two par 5’s on the course, which due to it’s position right on the seafront is open to the elements, most notably the wind. Shorter than most (it’s also narrower and flatter than the course at Kapalua) it’s a tree-lined layout which tends to favour precision over power.
Sony Open in Hawaii: 2021 result
21 Kevin Na ($61)
20 Chris Kirk ($151)
20 Joaquin Niemann ($26)
19 Webb Simpson ($13)
19 Marc Leishman ($61)
19 Brendan Steele ($201)
Sony Open in Hawaii: Previous winners
2020: Cameron Smith
2019: Matt Kuchar
2018: Patton Kizzire
2017: Justin Thomas
2016: Fabian Gomez
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Sony Open in Hawaii: Weather
A predominantly dry week is expected with a daily precipitation forecast of 20%-20%-10%-10% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the low-80s, with partial cloud cover all week. Maximum wind speeds will range between 8-10mph over the four days.
Sony Open in Hawaii: Value outright bets
KEVIN KISNER (currently $31 with TopSport)
The world No.39 continues to record regular wins on the PGA Tour – his victory in last year’s Wyndham Championship being his 6th career win. Kisner is a regular visitor to Hawaii, both at the Tournament of Champions as a repeat winner on the circuit, as well as here in the Sony. Last week’s 8th place at Plantation was a solid start to the year, and in his last six starts in Maui, Kisner has recorded finishes of 5-4-25-69-4-32. He putted very well last week, and if Kisner can enjoy another good week on the greens then he’s more than capable of mounting a challenge.
RUSSELL KNOX (currently $111 with TopSport)
The US-based Scot, Knox, is someone who continues to threaten tournament wins, and for his overall career strike rate he remains constantly dismissed by the layers. Knox has four PGA Tour wins to his name – more than most in this field – added to six runner-up finishes (from just over 300 starts). He’s another who makes the annual pilgrimage to Hawaii, and has three Top 20’s in his last seven starts at Waialea. He also has form in other offshore, island venues, and this week’s test looks a good fit for the Inverness man to outperform his three-figure odds.
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