Expert Picks: Sony Open
The PGA tour’s first full field event of 2015 kicks off this Thursday at the Waialae CC, Honolulu for the 2015 Sony Open. The first week of PGA tour golf in 2015 was a stellar one, which saw Patrick Reed pip Jimmy Walker in a playoff for the Hyundai TOC. Many of the field from the Hyundai TOC have island hoped from Maui to Honolulu to play in this week’s event, including highly ranked players Jason Day and Matt Kuchar.
Chris Kirk had a 2014 to talk about, racking up two wins on tour including a FedEx Cup playoff event at the Deutsche Bank. Kirk hasn’t had a bad start to the 14-15 season either. In 3 official events he has racked up $420,000 USD and been inside the top 25 on each start. At last week’s Hyundai TOC Kirk set a course record 62 on the final round. This will surely be carried through into this week’s Sony Open, where he finished T2 in 2014. At 20/1 he offers decent value for a player at the top of his game.
Jason Day is currently the eighth highest ranked golfer in the world, and the highest ranked golfer in this week’s Sony Open. Day is only in his second start of the PGA tour calendar, having starting his season last week at the TOC, and finished in an impressive T3. Like Kirk, Day shot a course record 62 on Sunday to propel himself up the leaderboard, and take serious momentum into the Sony Open. Day is at 12/1 this week, and I expect an injury free Day to make a real splash on the PGA tour this season, and this week could his first win of many!
Webb Simpson is coming off a 2014 season where he record one victory, and nine top 10 finishes in 25 starts. The Georgia native is playing in his third start of the 15 Tour calendar this week, and has already secured one top 5 finish at the Shriners Open back in October. Although the season is early, Simpson leads the scoring average on tour at 68.00. At 33/1 Simpson is great value for a 4 time PGA tour winner.
Kevin Na had possibly the best season by any player not to win a PGA tour event, not that he didn’t come close a numerous times! Na racked up six top 10’s and two 2nd place finishes, including a playoff loss at The Memorial tournament to Hideki Matsuyama. The early part of the 2015 season, has proved much of the same as he finished T2nd at the CIMB Classic in the fall series. This week could be his week to re-enter the winners circle, and he offers a very attractive price at 40/1 to do so.