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Tom Kim, Corey Conners among best picks in Hawaii

Tom Kim, Corey Conners among best picks in Hawaii

After a beautiful (and heartbreaking, but we’ll get to that later) week in Maui, it’s time to head over to the big island for the Sony Open. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth and Tom Kim highlight a solid field bound for the PGA Tour’s second event of the new year.

Waialae Country Club is a marksman’s paradise — a par-70 track measuring just more than 7,000 yards that requires accuracy on every shot.

Kim enters the week as the betting favorite at +1000 followed by Sungjae Im at +1300 and Spieth at +1500. The 20-year-old is coming off a T-5 performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Golf course

Waialae Country Club | Par 70 | 7,044 yards | Seth Raynor design

Michael Thompson walks on the 17th hole during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Data Golf Information

Course Fit (compares golf courses based on the degree to which different golfer attributes — such as driving distance — to predict who performs well at each course – DataGolf): 1. TPC Sugarloaf, 2. Colonial Country Club, 3. Austin Country Club

Trending (the players’ last three starts): 1. Brian Harman (2, T-2, T-16), 2. Maverick McNealy (T-18, T-10, T-27), 3. Tom Hoge (MC, MC, T-3)

Percent chance to win (based on course history, fit, trending, etc.): 1. Sungjae Im (7.2 percent), 2. Brian Harman (5.3 percent), 3. Tom Kim (5.1 percent)

Betting preview

2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Collin Morikawa (left) is consoled by Jonathan Jakovac (right) on the 18th hole during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

I was almost counting the money, then the back nine started. We had Collin Morikawa outright at +2000, and Saturday night it looked all but wrapped up. Hopefully, the golf gods pay us back this time around.

Picks are posted every Wednesday on my Twitter account: @rileyhamel_

Player Odds Player Odds
Tom Kim (+1000) Keegan Bradley (+3000)
Sungjae Im (+1300) Cameron Davis (+3000)
Hideki Matsuyama (+1500) Maverick McNealy (+3000)
Jordan Spieth (+1500) Taylor Montgomery (+3000)
Brian Harman (+2000) Adam Scott (+4000)
Russell Henley (+2000) Harris English (+4000)
Tom Hoge (+2000) Keith Mitchell (+4000)
Corey Conners (+2000) J.J. Spaun (+4000)
Billy Horschel (+3000) Matt Kuchar (+5000)
K.H. Lee (+3000) Gary Woodland


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