We stay in Hawaii for the Sony Open, which is played at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. This course is a little over 7,000 yards and has produced some memorable finishes over the years, especially with two of the last three years finishing in a playoff. With no clear favorite to win this week, there’s plenty of juicy odds out there and a chance to make some nice coin.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Marc Leishman - Marc Leishman doesn’t have a great history at the Sony Open, but he’s experienced here and that’s enough to give a red hot player a chance to finally break through. Leishman has produced top-five finishes in four of his last five events, which includes a fourth place finish last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Leishman is a combined 35 strokes under par in his last two events and is currently eighth in birdie average. Leishman is playing so well at the moment that he’s worth strong consideration at +1800 odds.
Justin Thomas - Justin Thomas enters this week as the favorite, but there’s still value with him at +650 odds. Thomas probably should have won last week but was forced to settle for third place with a -18 to par. Thomas has three top-15 finishes in his last four events and is 12th in greens in regulation percentage. Thomas also won this event in 2017 where he shattered multiple records and shot a -27 to par. If Thomas remains anywhere close to the form he was in a few days ago, there’s a good chance he ends up winning this week in a landslide.
Cameron Champ - Cameron Champ is quietly putting together some impressive performances, as he finished 11th last week and has finished no worse than 12th in each of his last four events. Champ should be able to build on those performances, as he’s currently third in birdie average and second in driving distance. We’ve seen recently where the big boy hitters have great success at the Waialae Country Club. Champ and odds of +2500 is a solid play this weekend.
Ian Poulter - If you’re looking for a real dark horse this week, Ian Poulter and odds of +6600 is probably worth a look. Poulter was solid last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, but he couldn’t close the deal with his short game, so he had to settle for 18th place with a -8 to par. Still, Poulter has shown flashes of putting it together and could finally breakthrough on a course that has a lot of par 4s that play to his game. Poulter should bounce back in a big way, giving you some serious betting value.
Kyle Stanley - Kyle Stanley has put together three straight top-25 finishes and was highly impressive at the QBE Shootout, the last time we saw him. Stanley hasn’t missed a cut since the PGA Championship and hasn’t missed the cut at the Sony Open in six career appearances. Stanley has also finished in the top-15 in two of his last three appearances at the Sony Open. Stanley and odds of +4000 is easily one of the better bets on the board this week.