Sony Open PGA Daily Fantasy Picks
With the Hyundai Tournament of Champions concluding on Monday in dramatic finish, we have a very short turnaround to the start of the Sony Open. Some of the players at the Hyundai will jump across the pond and join a significantly bigger field in Honolulu at Waialae Country Club.
We’re now back to a more traditional PGA tournament. There are 144 players in the field, and there is a cut. Therefore, we are back to the more traditional inverse odds and odds per dollar, where we compare the players’ salaries to the Vegas odds and find the greatest differentials.
As for course information, there are only two par 5s, No. 9 and No. 18. They only play at 506 and 551 yards respectively, and they are both reachable by all players (wind somewhat pending). There were 23 eagles recorded on No. 9 and 14 made on No. 18 in last year’s tournament, so you get the idea. Length is always helpful, but it’s not nearly as necessary in this event. Tim Clark is the defending champion, and he is one of the shortest hitters on Tour.
With all this in mind and we are primarily sticking to the odds, here’s who we have this week.
(all salaries via DraftKings)
Chris Kirk $12,000 – Kirk got off to a slow start at the Hyundai, but he absolutely destroyed Kapalua on Monday with a closing round of 62 which launched him up the leaderboard into a tie for 12th. Kirk was one of the hot rising stars on Tour last year, and he is actually underpriced according to Vegas odds.
Russell Henley $10,400 – Sometimes Vegas inflates the odds with recent champions of the event, but Henley is playing fantastic golf with two top-four finishes in his last three events. Henley won this event in 2013, which was his first PGA event and got him an invite to the Masters (made the cut). However, that was no fluke. In 2014 he made 17 cuts, won the Honda Classic , finished second at the Deutsche Bank Championship and picked up a third place at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Yeah, not the biggest tournaments in the world, but neither is this one, and he still got seventh at the Shell Houston Open, 12th at the Tour Championship and 17th at the Players Championship.
Gary Woodland $8,300 – Another one of the rising stars on Tour last season. He already has two top-five finishes this season, racked up five top-10 finishes last year (including a second) and an astonishing 13 top-25s. He just never found a way to get it done on Sunday. Woodland is also a big hitter and does make a lot of eagles. He’s my favorite play this week.
Boo Weekly $6,800 – Weekly is the one guy who is essentially fitting my remaining salary. Weekly has played in this tournament nearly every year since his rookie year in 2002. Weekly has made two of three cuts this season, one of which he came in second at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Brian Stuard $6,800 – Simply mispriced according to the odds. Stuard racked up four top-10 finishes last year, including a sixth-place finish at the Sony Open where he shot 65-65 on Thursday and Friday here last season. The year before that, Stuard finished fifth at the Sony where he went 66-68-65-65. Stuard simply has owned this place since making it on Tour.
Justin Thomas $5,600 – Three-consecutive cuts made for Thomas, including a fourth at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He turned pro just last season and was a stud at University of Alabama. He’s only 5’10” and 145 pounds, but he’s hitting it 297.5 yards off the tee, so don’t underestimate his strength.
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