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.

The PGA is quickly becoming one of most popular “offseason” wagering options. With a little research, finding players that are both in great recent form and have a winning history at a particular course can provide fantastic value.

Visit our Sportsbook Reviews to find the best place to bet on golf. Every sportsbook on our list will have competitive odds for things like Top 5 Finisher, Tournament Matchups, Round Matchups, of course Tournament winner and much more.

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.

 

Odds to win Sony Open outright:

Justin Thomas            +500

Webb Simpson            +1100

Patrick Reed                        +1200

Hideki Matsuyama            +1600

Collin Morikawa            +1800

Sungjae Im                        +2000

Matt Kuchar                        +2200

Joaquin Niemann            +3500

Abraham Ancer            +3500

Charles Howell III            +4000

Alex Noren                        +4000

Corey Conners            +4000

Marc Leishman            +4000

Cameron Smith            +4000

Brandt Snedeker            +4500

Kevin Kisner                        +5000

Brendon Todd            +5000

Russell Knox                        +5000

Chez Reavie                        +5500

Andrew Putnam            +5500

JT Poston                        +5500

Brian Harman            +5500

Brian Stuard                        +5500

Dylan Frittelli                        +6600

Shugo Imahira            +6600

Sebastian Munoz            +7000

Emiliano Grillo            +7000

Carlos Ortiz                        +8000

Keegan Bradley            +8000

Pat Perez                        +8000

Vaughn Taylor            +8000

Brian Gay                        +8000

Aaron Wise                        +8500

Rory Sabbatini            +8500

Ryan Palmer                        +8500

Matt Jones                        +8500

Lanto Griffin                        +10000

Kevin Na                        +10000

Scott Piercy                        +10000

Zach Johnson            +10000

Ryan Armour                        +10000

Daniel Berger            +10000

Patton Kizzire            +10000

Russell Henley            +12500

Joel Dahmen                        +12500

Brice Garnett                        +12500

Graeme McDowell            +12500

Kyle Stanley                        +12500

Tyler Duncan                        +12500

Bud Cauley                        +14000

Fabian Gomez            +15000

Nate Lashley                        +15000

Keith Mitchell                        +15000

Harry Higgs                        +15000

Adam Long                        +15000

Hudson Swafford            +15000

Sung Kang                        +15500

Henrik Norlander            +15500

Zac Blair                        +15500

Kevin Tway                        +15500

D J Trahan                        +17500

Charley Hoffman            +17500

Chris Kirk                        +17500

Xinjun Zhang                        +17500

Talor Gooch                        +17500

Jimmy Walker            +20000

Luke List                        +20000

Nick Taylor                        +20000

Kramer Hickok            +20000

David Hearn                        +20000

Patrick Rodgers            +20000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee            +20000

Doc Redman                        +22500

Cameron Davis            +22500

Mark Hubbard            +22500

Robert Streb                        +22500

Robby Shelton            +22500

Chesson Hadley            +22500

Chase Seiffert            +22500

Michael Thompson            +22500

Sam Burns                        +25000

Brendan Steele            +25000

Jason Dufner                        +25000

Troy Merritt                        +25000

Adam Schenk            +25000

Scott Brown                        +25000

Cameron Percy            +25000

Sam Ryder                        +25000

Matthew Nesmith            +25000

Hank Lebioda            +27500

Scott Harrington            +27500

JJ Spaun                        +27500

Tom Hoge                        +30000

Andrew Landry            +30000

Bo Hoag                        +30000

Mackenzie Hughes            +30000

Peter Malnati                        +30000

Doug Ghim                        +30000

Matt Every                        +30000

About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

Whitaker can also be found on TV, Radio, Print, and as a celebrity spokesperson. He has appeared on radio and TV including Food Network. He’s the Emeril Live Barbecue Contest winner and columnist for the National Barbecue News.

Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

Kent has worked with several brands as spokesperson. Companies include Check Mark, ALPO, TimberTech, Vermont Castings, Pabst Blue Ribbon, E.H. Campbell Trading, Big Show Foods, and others. Whitaker, and his wife Allyson, hosted a NASCAR and racing themed show on ESPN Radio for several years. That show has morphed into a weekly short format tailgate show heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide.

Kent is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and severed on the National Staff as an AUXCHEF/AUX Food Service Specialist and National Branch Chief.

Kent and his wife Allyson live in Tennessee and have one ARMY Strong son, Macee. You can visit him online at www.thedeckchef.com and Twitter/Instagram @thekentwhitaker.

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