The Hawaiian PGA Tour Swing wraps up with the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The Open will be the first full-field event with a cut in two months as the official schedule went into the Holiday Break. With the resumed full field schedule comes some predictable names at the top of the favored list starting with Justin Thomas.

Thomas, sporting a +600 heading into the opening round on Thursday, is the only player under the +1000 mark. His closest competition, according to oddsmakers at intertops.eu, is Bryson Dechambeau who won the Shriner’s Open a few months ago in November, comes in at +1000. Here’s a look at the top-five odds.

Justin Thomas +600
Bryson Dechambeau +1000
Gary Woodland +1400
Jordan Spieth +1400
Marc Leishman +1600


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Why Justin Thomas?

It’s hard to argue with a signature win. Thomas got that two seasons ago at the Sony Open. That may be one of the factors for his favored status! Thomas won the Sony Open in 2017 where he went 27 under shooting a blistering 253 overall. That set tournament records for the event which dates to 1965 and has been played on the same course.

Thomas holds the Tournament records for total lowest score overall, 253 as well as the 54-hole record: 188, the 36-hole record: 123 as well as the Sony Open 18-hole record where he carded an opening day score of 59. Currently Thomas is wielding his driver, long irons and putter with command and his approach shots aren’t too shabby! This level of play has pushed him to the No. 4 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). And, in case you were wondering, Dechambeau claims the OWGR No. 5 ranking.

Something Fun to Watch

Patrick Reed, +2500, is not a frequent player at the Sony Open but he’s kicking off his 2019 schedule early. The matchup watch, at least in the minds of golf fans, could be between Reed and Jordan Spieth.  The two have not played together since the Ryder Cup where some “twitter jabs” were famously thrown. Things have since calmed down, at least on Social media between the two. But it will be worth watching to two players to see if any friction remains.


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Waialae Country Club by the Numbers

The Waialae Country Club is relatively flat compared to many of the golf courses in Hawaii. Especially when compared to last weeks PGA visit stop at the Plantation course which played on the side of one of the Island’s mountains. The Country Club course has less elevation changes but does share some common features. Rich fairways that seem open to the viewer but tighten approaching landing zones. Plenty of floral design, native plants, bunkers with a natural terrain feel, and greens that are known for tricky hole locations.

The wind factor has come into play over the years for the Sony Open, but forecasters seem to think gusts will remain manageable with fair weather predicted. That means the demand for on-the-mark tee-shots is lower and the pros can work their wedges and approach shots with more finesse.

I generally try to list a few signature holes for every course but that’s hard to do on a course that’s packed with amazing scenic views every where you look. However, the course does have some holes based on famous golf links from around the world.

  • No. 8: Patterned after the Redan hole on the North Berwick Golf Club in Scotland.
  • No. 10: Includes design features of the Road hole at St. Andrews in Scotland.
  • No. 13: Patterned from the Biarritz Course in France.

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Designers: Seth Raynor
Established: 1927
Par: 72
Length: 7,044 yards
Course rating: 70
Slope rating: 137
Grass: Bermuda, with native grasses


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Sony Open - all times ET

  • Thursday: 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
  • Friday: 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
  • Saturday: 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
  • Sunday: 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel)
  • Live streaming with provider login on www.thegolfchannel.com

Remaining Field Odds

The remaining players behind the five listed above include some big names that could come into play starting with Cameron Champ, Patrick Reed and Charles Howell III. Here’s a look at the odds for the rest of the field through +25000 which is packed with PGA winners. One note, 16-year-old amateur Peter Jung qualified by winning the November Sony Open qualifier. Jung comes in at the bottom of the field at +100000

Cameron Champ +2500
Patrick Reed +2500
Cameron Smith +2800
Hideki Matsuyama +3000
Paul Casey +3300
Kevin Kisner +3300
Charles Howell III +3300
Kyle Stanley +3300
Emiliano Grillo +3300
Abraham Ancer +3500
Matt Kuchar +4000
Zach Johnson +4000
Bubba Watson +4000
Brandt Snedeker +4000
Patton Kizzire +4500
Adam Scott +4500
Keegan Bradley +5000
Scott Piercy +5000
Si-Woo Kim +5000
Russell Knox +5500
Pat Perez +5500
Kevin Tway +6000
Brian Harman +6000
Ian Poulter +6000
Adam Hadwin +6000
Chez Reavie +6600
Russell Henley +6600
Andrew Putnam +7500
Danny Lee +7500
Dylan Frittelli +7500
Kevin Na +8000
Jimmy Walker +8000
Sung-Jae Im +8000
Patrick Rodgers +8000
Chris Kirk +8000
Jamie Lovemark +10000
James Hahn +10000
Ryan Blaum +10000
Brian Gay +10000
Brice Garnett +10000
Steve Stricker +10000
Sam Ryder +10000
Jason Dufner +10000
Ollie Schniederjans +12500
Ryan Armour +12500
Anirban Lahiri +12500
Stewart Cink +12500
Keith Mitchell +12500
Troy Merritt +12500
Ted Potter +12500
Sam Burns +12500
Hudson Swafford +12500
Robert Streb +12500
Jerry Kelly +12500
Adam Schenk +15000
Andrew Landry +15000
Joel Dahmen +15000
Harris English +15000
Shugo Imahira +15000
Meen-Whee Kim +15000
Brian Stuard +15000
Kramer Hickok +15000
Cameron Davis +15000
Ben Silverman +15000
Tom Hoge +15000
Ben Martin +15000
Rory Sabbatini +17500
Vaughn Taylor +17500
Satoshi Kodaira +17500
Brandon Harkins +17500
Shawn Stefani +20000
Nick Taylor +20000
Fabian Gomez +20000
Scott Langley +20000
JT Poston +20000
Kelly Kraft +20000
Sam Saunders +20000
Sean O'Hair +20000
Dominic Bozzelli +20000
Sang Moon Bae +20000
Michael Kim +25000
Sunghoon Kang +25000
Trey Mullinax +25000
Steve Marino +25000

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