The PGA Tour is back and after a stunning end to the Tournament of Champions, we now head to the Sony Open, in Hawaii for a weekend of action at the Waialae Country Club. Here is your ultimate betting guide for the event.
Sony Open: The field
Matt Fitzpatrick comes into the Sony Open as a joint-favorite with wonderkid Ludvig Aberg. While backing Fitz needs no convincing, Aberg’s rapid ascent up to 32nd in the world might. However, a storming -10 round on the final day of the Sentry was enough to earn him a 47th-placed finish.
Aberg was a key feature on Europe’s Ryder Cup team this past Summer. He shocked many unfamiliar with his game, as the 24-year-old Suede had been a regular top-20 finisher on tour during his rookie campaign. Now he’s acclimatized with the schedule and the American style of courses, it feels like only a matter of time before he nets his first tour win.
It’s interesting to see Corey Conners sitting at +2200. He had this exact same price last year before finishing 34th. He also picked up his second-ever tour win last season during a hot run of form. Things started out pretty strong for Conners this past week at the Sentry, so he’ll be hoping to build on that.
Strong putters have typically thrived here, which means it could be time to turn to a guy like Eric Cole, who was second on tour in Strokes Gained putting last year. If he can get hot with the flat stick, there’s no reason he won’t shine this week.
Where to find value in the Sony Open
To win: +5000
Will Zalatoris missed a huge chunk of last season due to a surgery and it came at the worst possible time. He ended the 2022 season with a huge win after being the bridesmaid but never the bride oh-so many times. While it would be a tall order to expect him to win, would anyone really be surprised to see him soar back to where he belongs at the top of the leaderboard?
To win: +5000
Betting on Matt Kuchar is an imperfect science. But he remains one of the best players on tour around the green, and if there’s ever a player who can quietly sneak into the top-10, it’s a man who came 7th at this tournament one year ago. There’s some real value on Kuch, who often gets buried in the odds due to his lack of distance, age, and overall star power. But he is still a real ace to sneak onto your betting slip.
To win: +8000
Hoge missed the cut at the Sony Open last year, but he ended 2022 with 5 top-13s in his last 7 events. He’s a prolific ball striker who could very easily play himself into contention this weekend. There’s a lot of value here on a player who has clearly been trending in the right direction over the last 12 months.
Betting prediction for the Sony Open
It’s hard not to love Ludvig Aberg, who has become one of the PGA Tour’s brightest young stars. While the price is short, I think it’s better to be early than late before Vegas catches up to his price.
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