Sony Open, Waialae GC, Hawaii
After the shortened and late season opener last (this) week, we head to the Waialae course for the first main full event of the season, the Sony Open
The course is only just over 7,000 yards and will suit the shorter, more accurate players rather than the bombers and with hard-to-hit fairways and well protected greens, you will need to backing players who prosper on these courses; bombers may feature if conditions are benign and some could go really low but with the usual winds, this will be a stiff test although good scoring is still possible here. I wouldn’t discount long hitters such as DJ and Piercy and will look for those who are really good off the tee, putt well and have won on tour previously – Dustin J will no doubt be popular as he can alter his game well and is a great windy course player, and is straight off a win this week too!
Charles Howell is another who will be popular with his stellar record of top 5s here;Matt Every may attract some cash and at a decent price may be good value. Previous winners have tended to be more experienced – this isn’t really an event for rookies, and being the first event for many of the field, there will be some rustiness no doubt. So, small stakes this week and a few players who may go well
Zach Johnson > terrific season last year and has won here previously; classy player, course suits – if he is in good form then 26 on betfair looks tasty
Carl Pettersson > one of those players who can win when in contention, used to just have the odd good tourney but can pick up wins and had a much more consistent year in 2012 so worth watching here albeit at a skinny 22 on betfair
John Senden > unlikely winner as he often stumbles near the line but has the game for this course, 75 is attractive from a trading point of view for sure for the Aussie
KJ Choi > previous winner and another who has the game obviously for Waialae, can suddenly find his form and knows how to win – decent shout at 75 on betfair