For the last 52 years, Waialae Country Club has been of host of this tour event. Justin Thomas is the defending champion and he will be back looking to make it two straight and become the third different golfer to pull this trick off since Ernie Els (2002-03) and Jimmy Walker (2014-15).
Let start swinging and see what we might have.
Waialae Country Club Course
In spite of lowering the par to 70, in four of the past five years, the winner has shot -20 or better. (It is noted, only three other golfers reached -20 in that time period.) In theory, the narrow fairways should be a detriment and help prevent lower scores, but because the rough is short, players at this level can easily still reach preferred locations on the greens without too much trouble.
The greens themselves are excellent to putt on and this is one of the tourney’s where pin placements are seldom difficult. This all leads to these professionals hitting the ball tighter into the pins and being able to roll the ball expertly if the flat stick is working. The yardage of the course will play to 7,044 yards.
Sony Open Betting Odds
With Dustin Johnson satisfied to win last week’s Tournament of Champions, Jordan Speith (5/1) is the favorite, with Johnson headed home.
This year’s field is deeper than normal. Following Speith is Thomas (8/1), Marc Leishman (16/1), Brian Harman (18/1), Kevin Kisner (22/1), Zach Johnson (30/1), Russell Henley (30/1) Daniel Berger (33/1) and Cameron Smith (33/1), to round out the Top 10 for current best odds to win.