It was a fairly satisfactory start to 2021 for Blue Horseshoe with a third and a fifth placing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Let’s see if we can repeat our effort from last year and pick the winner for the Sony Open.
The venue, as ever, is the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 7,044-yard par 70 course is a short, tight track that rewards accurate driving and strong iron play.
But this chastening conclusion to my golf selections in 2020 did teach me a couple of good lessons. I’m going to act on those lessons this year and I am going to invite you along for the ride to see how I fare. You will be able to track my spreadsheet of golf bets throughout 2021 based on my strategy. I will provide a link to my updated spreadsheet after each week.
This week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Blue Horseshoe loves:
Cameron Smith – currently at 28/1 with starsports.bet
I’m picking the defending champion to give a stout defence of his title. Smith played well last week at the Sentry, shooting an excellent second round 66 along the way. His performance last week shows he has kept up his form since his highly impressive second place finish at the Masters late last year. I think he’s good each way value.
Daniel Berger – currently at 16/1 with starsports.bet
If not for a poor final round, Daniel Berger would have been right in contention to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions last week. He is clearly in cracking form and this course which values accuracy over distance will suit Berger’s game. Expect him to be right in the mix.
Collin Morikawa – currently at 14/1 with starsports.bet
The more I watch this guy play, the more impressed with him I get. He’s a bit like Justin Thomas, in that even if a has a poor start he is never out of contention. He has the ability to get on a run and roll in multiple birdies, which only a few players in this field can do. Morikawa has no weakness in his game and he expects to win every time he tees it up. Watch this lad add to his winning tally this year, he is pure quality.
Joaquin Niemann – currently at 25/1 with starsports.bet
Even though he was touted a bright prospect, Niemann looked a bit lost in his first couple of seasons on tour. But last year the penny seemed to drop and he started playing with real belief and confidence. A PGA Tour win duly came and last week at the Sentry tournament of champions Niemann played superbly to only just go down in a play off to a red hot Harris English. I expect the course at Waialae to really suit his excellent ball striking game and for him to be in contention again this week.
BACK Cameron Smith 1 pt each/way at 28/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Daniel Berger 1 pt each/way at 16/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Collin Morikawa 1 pt each/way at 14/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Joaquin Niemann 1 pt each/way at 25/1 with starsports.bet
Each way 1/6 odds, 6 places
PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 86.79 points
(Excluding Cheltenham 2021 antepost, Premier League 2020/21 Ante Post, Champions League Ante-post, 2021 Grand National recommended bets 14 Nov 2020 & 6 Dec 2020, Cheltenham Festival ante-post bets recommended 26 Dec and 2 Jan, FA Cup antepost recommended 8 Jan)