Sony Open in Hawaii: 3 Bets To Win

Hideki Matsuyama Sony Open 2017
Hideki Matsuyama hits his third shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae CC on Jan 12, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Masterpress via Getty Images)

The 2022 Sony Open gets underway on Thursday at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be the 57th edition of the season’s first full-field event.

Kevin Na returns to defend his 2021 title, while 2020 winner Cameron Smith enters off a record-setting performance last week in Kapalua.

The tournament’s headliner will be Hideki Matsuyama, the reigning Masters winner. The Japanese superstar will be seeking his first top-10 finish in his ninth career start at the Waialae layout.

Note: Each week, we make our picks based on the odds offered by DraftKings Sportsbook. The picks we make MUST offer payouts of at least +200. (We are looking for the best return.)

2022 Sony Open in Hawaii

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Cameron Smith (10-1)
2. Webb Simpson (16-1)
3. Hideki Matsuyama (18-1)
3. Sungjae Im (18-1)
5. Corey Conners (25-1)
5. Marc Leishman (25-1)

3 Bets To Win

Outright Winner
Hideki Matsuyama Sony Open 2017
Hideki Matsuyama hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae CC on Jan 13, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Masterpress via Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama (+1,800) – The reigning Green Jacket holder enters off a top-15 at Kapalua and a win at the ZOZO Championship. Amid this two-start stretch, Matsuyama has posted eight straight rounds in the red, carding a cumulative score of 36-under par.

As a Japan native, Hideki has made the Sony a regular stop on his annual schedule, making him the highest profile tour star to be a fixture in Honolulu. Despite this familiarity with the Waialae layout, Matsuyama has never posted a top-10 finish. We think that streak ends this week. And ends in a big way… with a walk to the winner’s circle.

Three other outright picks we like: Cameron Smith (+1,000), Webb Simpson (+1,600), Russell Henley (+3,300)

Top-5 Finish
Brendan Steele Safeway
Brendan Steele tees off on the first hole during the final round of the Safeway Open at Silverado’s North Course on Oct. 8, 2017 in Napa, CA. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Brendan Steele (+1100) – The 38-year-old Steele has been a horse for the Waialae course in past two editions. In 2020, he was the 54-hole leader before losing to Cameron Smith in overtime, and then last year, producing a third-round 61 en route to a T4 finish.

In six starts during the wrap-around fall series, Steele finished in the money five times, with a top-20 and T2 his best showings.

Three other top-5 picks we like: Kevin Kisner (+550), Billy Horschel (+550), Matt Kuchar (+950)

Top-10 Finish
Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk plays his shot from the 2nd tee during the third round of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course on Mar 13, 2021 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Chris Kirk (+550) – The 36-year-old Tennesseean finished T2 in 2021, which included four consecutive rounds of 65. Kirk owns three additional top-10s including a second runner-up in 2014. We think Kirk posts his first top-10 finish of the season in Honolulu.

Three other top-10 picks we like: Jason Kokrak (+300), Ryan Palmer (+450), Joel Dahmen (+500)

Odds To Win: 2022 Sony Open

Waialae Country Club . Honolulu, Hawaii . Jan. 13-16, 2022

Joel Cook contributed to this report.


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