STAR PREVIEW: Sony Open in Hawaii

I must admit to feeling a little gutted last week watching Cam Smith, a golfer that I backed repeatedly last season, hold off a hard charging Jon Rahm for a very impressive win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. This could be a massive year for ‘Mullet Man’ and I’m talking Majors massive. We all know how much Smith loves Augusta from his excellent record there so give him serious consideration for the Masters, which starts in just under 90 days by the way.

Smith is also a red hot favourite for this week at the Sony Open, a tournament he snatched out from under Brendan Steele’s nose in 2020. I just can’t take Smith this week at single figure odds, it goes against everything I stand for, but he’ll be in my fantasy team for sure.

At 7093 yards this tight, turning par 70 course is a completely different prospect to The Sentry at Kapalua in Maui last week, but the weather in Hawaii is forecast to continue to be fair, so it could be another birdie-fest. I see this event as being wide open and I believe we’ll see some golfers at three-figure odds high up on the leaderboard come the weekend.

Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae Country Club, Hawaii, USA
Live on Thursday on Sky Sports Golf from 5pm

Blue Horseshoe Loves:

Corey Conners – currently at ? with

The guy with the best swing in golf, in my humble opinion, was ranked right near the top of the stats list in accuracy off the tee and strokes gained in approach throughout 2021. I think Conners is really well suited to this accuracy-based test and I expect him to be right in contention, as long as he is ready after his holidays.

Tom Hoge – currently at  ? with

I think Hoge is ready to have a breakout year in 2022 and notch his first PGA tour win. His approach stats have improved markedly over the last few months. He is a really talented prospect who just needs to drop that one messy round to climb into the winner’s circle. The best part about Hoge is that the bookies haven’t quite caught up with him yet value-wise. This course should suit him down to the ground, as he is not the longest driver and needs a track like this to take advantage of his strong ball-striking game.

Brendan Steele – currently at ? with

If you like the horses for courses angles, as I often do, Brendan Steele represents good value this week. He has finished second twice in this event and thrives at short, tight courses. Steele is always ranked highly in driving accuracy and he knows how to plot his way around here and get into a good position for the weekend.

Richy Werenski – currently at ? with

I just cannot believe the price for this guy. I know Werenski had a fairly weak 2021 season, but he was a PGA Tour event winner in 2020. In the forecasted benign conditions this is not a hard course, so I’m going to take a bit of an each way punt on Werenski to have worked hard on his game and be ready to spring out of the gates for the new season. One thing I know for sure about Richy Werenski is that he’s a better player than these odds.

Kyle Stanley – currently at ? with

I’m having a small go on Kyle Stanley for the same reason. He is a multiple PGA Tour winner, who plays his best golf on short, tight tracks and I think he is over the odds at this price.

BACK Corey Connors 0.5pt ew at 22/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Tom Hoge 0.5pt ew at 66/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Brendan Steele 0.5pt ew at 50/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Richy Werenski 0.5pt ew at 250/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Kyle Stanley 0.5pt ew at 150/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

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