Sony Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 1/12/17
The 2016 Sony Open
Sony Open: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Waialae Country Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
We begin the 2017 PGA season with a trip to Hawaii for the Sony Open. An event that began in 1965, the Sony Open is a beautiful golf course that’s been dominated over the years by American players. The Sony Open has also produced five two-time winners, so there’s value out there given the amount of parity in this field.
You guys know how this works by now, as I list five golfers you should consider throwing on your card.
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Jimmy Walker - Jimmy Walker enters the Sony Open in terrific form, as he placed 13th in the World Challenge and ninth in the Tournament of Champions. As if that weren’t enough, Walker has won the Sony Open in two of the last three years, becoming the first golfer to win this tournament twice since Ernie Els in 2004. Walker is also 11th in greens in regulation percentage. I’ll take the 37-year-old and odds of +2000 based on his history at this event.
Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner is coming off an impressive season in which he missed the cut just three times, and he recently produced a top-25 finish at the Tournament of Champions. Dufner consistently hits the ball well and is always in the middle of the pack to give himself a shot of winning any event. Dufner also seems to get multiple victories once he tastes success, and he did win the CareerBuilder Challenge a year ago. There’s value with Dufner and the odds of +5000.
Jordan Spieth - While I like to focus on underdogs and dark horses for these articles, you still have to throw something on Jordan Spieth and odds of +580. Spieth has finished sixth or better in his last two events and seems like he found his consistency and form that had many saying he was the top golfer in the world. When Spieth is in this form and hitting the ball this well, there’s few who can match him on the golf course. So, while there’s greater value out there, this is still a great chance to make nearly six times your money.
Scott Piercy - Scott Piercy finished 2016 in great form, as he produced four top-25 finishes in his last five events and had a fourth place finish in the OHL Classic. This year, Piercy is 25th in driving distance and 13th in birdie average. When you add that consistent play with the fact Piercy did finish runner-up in the 2015 Sony Open, you have to give him a look with odds of +4000.
Sean O'Hair - Sean O'Hair has made the cut in both events he’s played this season and did have a top-10 finish in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. overall, O'Hair is currently 22nd in driving distance and first in sand save percentage. As if that weren’t enough, O'Hair did finish runner-up in the 2012 Sony Open, so his solid start to the finish is likely to continue. O'Hair is my biggest longshot of the week with insane odds of +12500.