2020 Sony Open Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
The PGA Tour continues the Hawaiian Island run this week with the Sony Open. Three of the biggest names in the tournament are riding the top of the favorites list starting with Justin Thomas as the only player coming in under +1000.
Thomas, according to MyBookie Sportsbook, is at +500 with Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed rounding out the two-three favorites.
Justin Thomas +500
Webb Simpson +1100
Patrick Reed +1200
Quick First Look
The Sony Open marks the first full-field event of the year and is played at the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu. The field of 144 tees off Thursday for the final tournament in the early Hawaiian Swing portion of the schedule.
The course is a beautiful blend of wide-open fairways and tight shots carved out of hilly terrain. Players will need to be in full command of woods and long-irons in order to take full advantage of prestine greens.
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Predicting the Sony Open
Justin Thomas has already notched a few wins this season. He’s apparently a big fan of the Asian and Hawaiian swing as that’s where several victories have come from over the last three years. He had a T4 at the Safeway Open and pulled out a playoff win last week at the Champions over Patrick Reed.
Thomas is a perfect example of a player with everything in his bag working together at the same time. The only question is if he needs a mental break after a successful start in the new schedule.
Webb Simpson has already notched a runner-up finish this year at the Shriners Open and he carded a seventh-place finish at the RSM Classic. But this is his first official PGA tournament since November of 2019.
Simpson is picked as one of the favorites but he’ll need to master his approach shots at Waialae. If Simpson can avoid one of his inconsistent outings, then he may be the player to beat.
The Sony Open field is not the strongest when it comes to big-name players, but the field is still quite solid with plenty of former PGA Tour winners set to tee things off.
A quick look down the odds list, see below, shows players such as Matt Kuchar coming in at +2200 and Abraham Ancer at +3500. While Tiger, Phil, and Brooks are not in the field, there are still plenty of players that could grab another, or a first, PGA Tour win.
To do so, they’ll have to get past Simpson and Reed and then worry about Thomas who is set to have the best start of his career.
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