The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii for this week’s Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. This will be the first full-field event of 2021 following Harris English’s victory at the exclusive Sentry Tournament of Champions. Below, we look at the 2021 Sony Open betting odds, and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions to win.
The Tour shifts back to La Quinta, California, for next week’s The American Express.
2021 Sony Open betting picks – Favorite
Sungjae Im (+2200)
Im comes off a T-5 finish last week in which he led the field with 2.38 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green per round, according to Data Golf. He also gained 1.28 strokes per round on approach but was undone by his 0.81 strokes lost per round on the greens. It was his debut at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii, following his first PGA Tour win last year.
He has played eight career rounds at Waialae CC with an average of 1.51 strokes gained per round to rank fourth in this field. He finished 16th in 2019 and 21st last year.
Im needs to be just a little closer to average with the putter at a course where he has played well before. He averaged 0.84 SG: Putting per round last year.
2021 Sony Open betting picks – Contender
Marc Leishman (+6600)
Leishman tied for 24th in last week’s condensed 42-man field despite losing 1.27 strokes per round on the greens. He returns to Waialae with an average of 1.45 strokes gained per round on the field over 44 career rounds. He finished third in 2019, was third in last year’s field with 2.18 SG: Tee-to-Green per round and has never missed the cut in this event.
Over the last few years, he has played his best golf in these early-season events. He has seven top-10 results between January and March over the last three years.
2021 Sony Open betting picks – Long shot
Tom Hoge (+10000)
Hoge begins his 2021 golf season 80th in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings after ending his 2020 schedule with a T-3 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He’ll play this event for a fourth consecutive year with a top finish of third in 2018.
He tied for 12th last year with 1.28 SG: Putting and 0.97 SG: Approach per round, and he finished alone in third in 2018 with 2.27 SG: Tee-to-Green per round.
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