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This week, the PGA Tour travels to beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii for the 2021 Sony Open.
Let's take a look at this event from a golf betting perspective so that we can find some potential longshot wagers for your card!
Before I dive into my favorite longshot golf bets for the Sony Open, let's take a quick look at the golf course the field will play and a few key relevant facts that I have identified as highly relevant as we consider which golfers to make wagers on this week.
This year's Sony Open will be played at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. The Waialae Country Club golf course is a par 70 that measures 7,044 yards. Unlike some golf tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule that change golf courses each year, the Sony Open has been played at this track in Honolulu for the better part of the last six decades. That is music to my ears. Why do I say that? Well, the fact that this golf tournament has been played on the same course for so many years allows me to better evaluate this week's field as it relates to previous performance at this event. In a case like this, where a golf tournament has been played at the same venue, I tend to look at golfer results over the last ten years as I evaluate which players I may wager on any given week.
I also wanted to point out that this golf tournament has been the second event on the PGA Tour schedule to begin the year for the last two decades. Why is that relevant you may ask? Let me explain. For the last 22 years, the Sentry Tournament Of Champions has preceded the Sony Open. Fifteen of the last 22 winners of the Sony Open participated in the year's opening event (Sentry Tournament Of Champions). Clearly, golfers that have played a competitive golf tournament to start the year to knock the rust off have a definitive advantage over those players that have yet to tee it up after a long holiday layoff.
Now that I have outlined some key facts for you to consider, let's turn our attention to my favorite longshot wagers.
Here are two golfers to consider putting on your card to finish in the top ten this week at higher odds.
Stewart Cink +900 - The 41 year old American has four top 31 finishes in his last seven tournaments played on the PGA Tour, including a win at the Safeway Open in September. It should also be noted that Cink finished 20th at the 2019 Sony Open.
Brian Gay +1600 - The American arrives at this week's Sony Open on the heels of two consecutive top 29 finishes, including a win at the Bermuda Championship in November. I also like the fact that Gay has shown previously that he can play quality golf at the Sony Open. More specifically, since 2010, Gay has five top 25 finishes at the Sony Open, including a 13th place result at the 2017 Sony Open.
Here are two golfers to consider putting on your card to finish in the top 20 this week at higher odds.
Bo Hoag +550 - The 32 year old American has two consecutive top 30 finishes on the PGA Tour, including 23rd place result at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last month. Additionally, Bo Hoag finished ninth at last year's Sony Open.
Peter Malnati +600 - Malnati has three top 21 finishes in his last five events played on the PGA Tour, including a second place result at the Sanderson Farms Championship. I also like to evaluate key player statistics relative to the field when I am processing potential wagers on any given week. In relation to this week’s current listed 2021 Sony Open field, in the last 12 rounds played on the PGA Tour, Malnati ranks tenth in strokes gained approach and second in strokes gained putting.