2022 Sony Open Betting & DFS Preview

Jan 12, 2022
2022 Sony Open Betting & DFS Preview

In the first full event of 2022, the PGA Tour hops Hawaiian islands for the second event of the "Aloha Swing", going from Maui to O'ahu for the Sony Open played at the legendary Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. With legendary figures such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw having graced the property and won championships here, the course carries on still today, withstanding the test of time. Having hosted the Sony Open since 1965, it is the third oldest annual course on Tour, only behind Colonial Country Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Being the first cut-event of the year, the 144 golfers in the field will be "cut" to the top 65 players, including ties, by the end of Friday afternoon's second round. Waialae CC is known as a "classical" course distinguished by its tight fairways, sharp doglegs and well-positioned bunkers.

Minus the wind-blown event from 2020, the average winning score over the past five tournaments has been 21-under par. Other than the victory by Justin Thomas in 2017, recent winners have come from the mid-range to longshot section of the betting board.


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Past Winners/Odds

Twenty-one golfers who played in last week's Tournament of Champions are making the short trip to Honolulu this week. As the course trends show, those who did not play last week will need to shake off the competitive rust and will be at a disadvantage. Overall, the field is headlined by last week's champion, Cameron Smith. He went toe-to-toe with top-ranked Jon Rahm and ended up winning by one stroke, setting a PGA Tour tournament record with a 34-under par score. He is the current betting favorite at +900. Behind Smith are Tour stalwarts Webb Simpson (+1500), Sungjae Im (+1700), Hideki Matsuyama (+1800) and Marc Leishman (+2000). Overall, the field strength this week sits at 318, which is slightly below average, but typical for this early-season event. Make sure to check out Ryan Noonan's preview and betting card for more Sony Open picks.

Official Scorecard

Waialae Country Club Course Facts

Sony Open Winning Trends

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