PGA Preview: 2021 Sony Open Odds and Picks

The second round of the Aloha Swing is set with the 2021 Sony Open Teeing off. The event is the first full-field tournament of the 2021 calendar year and has a strong field ready to tee off starting with Webb Simpson at +1200.

The field is also packed with players coming off strong runs including Harris English at +1600 and veteran strikers like Sergio Garcia +4000. Meaning – plenty of value to be had down the odds list on a course that every player involved should be able to handle.


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Waialae Country Club in Honolulu is not known for being a hard place to play – for pros! The course is scenic, breathtaking, and built for in and out camera shots during tournament TV breaks.

The course, while being very playable, has offered up several different outcomes over the last six events. Three of them ended in playoffs while the other three ended with a win of 4 strokes or more. More on the course below. Here are the top-five favorites according to Intertops.

Webb Simpson +1200

Collin Morikawa +1400

Harris English +1600

Patrick Reed +1600

Daniel Berger +1800


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2021 Sony Open Preview

Where: Honolulu, Hawaii

Course: Waialae Country Club

Format: Stroke Play

Par: 70

Length: 7,044

When: January 14 –17, 2021

Purse: $6.6 Million.

TV Coverage: NBC, Golf Channel, Peacock


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The Waialae Country Club was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1927 and offers players a scenic view from almost anywhere on the course! Several of the holes are based on famed holes from around the world.

The No. 10 hole has features pulled from No. 17 at St. Andrews in Scotland while No. 8 is patterned after the Redan hole at the North Berwick Golf Club; also in Scotland.

The course takes advantage of some of the flatter terrain near the shore as well as some of the rolling terrain on the more inland holes. Overall, the links are relatively flat will only minor elevation changes.

Hazards range from ponds, creeks, coastline, and multiple bunkers. The fairways are guarded lightly by trees and a few native growth areas. The perfectly manicured greens – running from medium to large by PGA standards – are Bermuda with the fairways being Winter ryegrass Waialae can lure players into a false sense of security because of its wide-open look and downhome country club feel. But the course has some rather large bunkers that can swallow up wayward shots off the tee or during the approach.


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Harris English +1600

Harris English has been playing great golf as of late and won the Tournament of Champions last week. Plus, he’s finished with three top-tens at Waialae. English Also finished 4th at the U.S. Open and T5 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic two weeks ago. The former Georgia Bulldog is No. 2 in FedEx points and jumped to No. 29th on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) list.

Webb Simpson +1200

Webb Simpson comes in at +1200 – he finished third here in 2020. The season prior, he finished T4 at Waialae. Like English, his playing style should lend itself to Waialae. Simpson has been a bit inconsistent over the last year but seems to be dialing things back in. In his last six tournaments, he has finished 20th or better five times going T8, T13, T17, T10, and a T37 at the RSM Classic before carding a T17 last week at the Tournament of Champions.

Sungjae Im +2000

Sungjae Im at +2000 is a bit surprising as I would have thought he would have closer to Simpson and English. Im has been near the top of the leader board many times during the last year and finished off last week with a T5 run. He led the field in strokes gained as well. He has played some great rounds at Waialae but needs to put four good rounds in a row to finally win at the course.

Others I Like: I’ll probably hate myself for not putting Collin Morikawa (+1400) higher on my list this week. He won twice this year including a Major. Takumi Kanaya (+15000) turned pro last season and went on to win the Japan Dunlop Phoenix. Kanaya is a young golfer that should be able to attack a course like Waialae.


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2021 Sony Open Odds

Webb Simpson +1200

Collin Morikawa +1400

Harris English +1600

Patrick Reed +1600

Daniel Berger +1800

Hideki Matsuyama +2000

Sungjae Im +2000

Joaquin Niemann +2200

Abraham Ancer +2800

Cameron Smith +2800

Kevin Kisner +2800

Adam Scott +3300

Ryan Palmer +3300

Russell Henley +3300

Billy Horschel +3300

Matt Kuchar +4000

Zach Johnson +4000

Lanto Griffin +4000

Sergio Garcia +4000

Brendon Todd +5000

Brian Harman +5000

Charles Howell III +5000

Emiliano Grillo +5000

Sebastian Munoz +5000

Jason Kokrak +5000

Erik Van Rooyen +6600

Marc Leishman +6600

Kevin Na +6600

Patton Kizzire +8000

Carlos Ortiz +8000

Talor Gooch +8000

Chez Reavie +8000

Si-Woo Kim +8000

Matthew Nesmith +8000

Keegan Bradley +8000

Russell Knox +8000

Mackenzie Hughes +10000

Brandt Snedeker +10000

JT Poston +10000

Scott Piercy +10000

Rory Sabbatini +10000

Branden Grace +10000

Tom Hoge +10000

Cameron Davis +12500

Jim Furyk +12500

James Hahn +12500

Kyle Stanley +12500

Sepp Straka +12500

Stewart Cink +12500

Matt Jones +12500

C T Pan +15000

Austin Cook +15000

Doug Ghim +15000

Henrik Norlander +15000

Takumi Kanaya +15000

Chris Kirk +15000

Brendan Steele +15000

Charley Hoffman +15000

Michael Thompson +15000

Jhonattan Vegas +15000

Peter Malnati +15000

Richy Werenski +17500

Brian Gay +20000

Danny Lee +20000

Bo Hoag +20000

Brian Stuard +20000

Andrew Landry +20000

Brice Garnett +20000

Harry Higgs +20000

Hudson Swafford +20000

Nate Lashley +20000

Pat Perez +20000

Vaughn Taylor +20000

Adam Schenk +20000

Mark Hubbard +20000

Nick Taylor +20000

Andrew Putnam +25000

Anirban Lahiri +25000

Kramer Hickok +25000

Will Gordon +25000

Robert Streb +25000

Keith Mitchell +25000

Luke List +25000

Ryo Ishikawa +25000

Tyler McCumber +25000

Roger Sloan +25000

Xinjun Zhang +25000

Troy Merritt +25000

Wesley Bryan +30000

JJ Spaun +30000

Sung Kang +30000

Hank Lebioda +30000

Jimmy Walker +30000

Robby Shelton +30000

Ryan Armour +30000

Aaron Baddeley +30000

Jim Herman +30000

Rob Oppenheim +30000

Bronson Burgoon +35000

Jamie Lovemark +35000

Mark Anderson +35000

Chris Baker +35000

Chase Seiffert +40000

David Hearn +40000

Grayson Murray +40000

Joseph Bramlett +40000

Michael Gligic +40000

Nick Watney +40000

Ryosuke Kinoshita +40000

Satoshi Kodaira +40000

Scott Brown +40000

Ted Potter +40000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +40000

Sam Ryder +40000

D J Trahan +50000

Parker McLachlin +50000

Davis Love III +50000

Fabian Gomez +50000

Jerry Kelly +50000

Jinichiro Kozuma +50000

Rhein Gibson +50000

Tim Wilkinson +50000

Ben Taylor +50000

Brandon Hagy +50000

Kevin Tway +50000

Y E Yang +50000

William McGirt +50000

K J Choi +75000

Nelson Ledesma +75000

Vijay Singh +75000

Hunter Mahan +75000

Matt Every +75000

Rafael Campos +75000

Mike Weir +100000

Bo Van Pelt +100000

Michael Kim +100000

Shane Bertsch +100000

Martin Trainer +150000

Evan Kawai +150000

Evan Dugas +200000

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