Sony Open 2022 best bets, odds, course preview, key stats, more

It was so good to have the return of PGA Tour golf last week.

Cameron Smith survived a heavy ranking including world No. 1 Jon Rahm to earn his second win in Hawaii (Sony Open 2020).

This week, the boys are still in Hawaii for the Sony Open for the first full event of the new calendar year. Kevin Na won the trophy last season and is on the court again after a T-13 performance last week in Maui.

Smith opened as the betting favorite at +1000. Bryson DeChambeau, who was originally on the field, withdrew from the event due to a wrist injury.

Course

Waialae Country Club
By 70
7,044 yards
Design by Seth Raynor, restoration by Tom Doak (2017)
Bermuda Greens

Weather

Day Terms Percent chance of rain Wind direction
Tuesday Partly cloudy 2 percent 15 MPH (NNE)
Wednesday Partly cloudy 10 percent 8 MPH (ENE)
Thusday Quite sunny 13 percent 9 MPH (NE)
Friday Partly cloudy 11 percent 6 mph (W)
Saturday Sunny 6 percent 8 mph (NE)
Sunday Sunny 10 percent 10 MPH (ENE)

Key statistics

SG: Put on: Na was the first Sony winner since 2014 not to make the top six on SG: Putting for the week. I have to roll the rock around this track.

SG: Approach: Five of Waialae’s last six winners have made it into the SG:APP top 10, with Smith being the only outlier (ranked 53rd).

Data Golf Information

Price adjustment (compares golf courses based on the extent to which different golfer attributes – such as driving distance – to predict who performs well on each course – DataGolf): 1. LaCantera GC, 2. Harbor Town Golf Links, 3. TPC Sugarloaf

Percentage chance of winning (based on price history, adjustment, trends, etc.): 1. Cameron Smith (8.2%), 2. Sungjae Im (5.2%), 3. Webb Simpson (4.2 %)

Betting odds

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Betting Odds a complete list.

Player odds
Cameron Smith (+1000)
webb simpson (+1500)
Sungjae Im (+1500)
Marc Leishman (+2000)
Hideki Matsuyama (+2000)
Corey Conners (+2000)
Kevin Na (+3000)
Russell Henley (+3000)
Abraham Ancer (+3000)
Talor Gooch (+3000)

Sony Open betting card

Last Week’s Results (Sentry Tournament of Champions)

Jordan Spieth – Top 10: Miss
Xander Schauele – Top 5: Miss
Justin Thomas – Top 5: Hit, +155
Sungjae Im – Top 10: Hit, +140
+.95 units for the week


Corey Conners – Top 20 (+130)

Corey Conners prepares to putt on the first hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 07, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

It’s hard to believe we can get this guy for more of a top 20 chance, so we have to take him. Conners has played well here recently with a T-12 in 2020 and a T-3 in 2019.

He hasn’t played much this season with his last appearance at the RSM Classic in November. However, Data Golf ranked Conners fifth in its CH index (average shots earned on the course). It’s a comfortable fit for the Canadian, expect him to play well.

Charles Howell III – Top 20 (+220)

Charles Howell III tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

There’s not much to say about this choice, let’s take a look at this tweet from Justin Ray.

Howell has three consecutive top 20 finishes in Honolulu.

Kevin Kisner – Top 20 (+162)

Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner

Alabama alum Justin Thomas forces Georgia alum Kevin Kisner to bet his bet to wear an Alabama jersey after Tide beat the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship at the 2018 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo: Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Are you going to tell me that Georgia’s national championship win won’t affect Kiz in the best possible way this week? The dude is on cloud 9 and will buzz on and off the course. And, his approach game seemed to be back last week in Maui.

He struggled a lot last season with the Blades, but his T-8 performance at TOC is literally the best he could have done on this golf course, as he lacks the length to keep up with the monster that is the Plantation. Course.

He’s finished T-4 here twice in recent memory (2017, 2020) and loves the Bermuda greens. Let’s go up with the Bulldog.

Russell Henley – Top 20 (+162)

Russell Henley of the United States lines up a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the World Technology Championship at Mayakoba at El Camaleon Golf Course on November 06, 2021 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Henley is a former champion at this event, winning since 2013. His results since have been mixed, however, he has three top 20 finishes since 2015.

With the mild conditions expected at Waialae, Henley’s driving precision will be even more important as he has found the grass short 69.93% of the time this season (17th on the circuit). He also placed fourth in Strokes Gained: Approach on Tour.

Karen J. Nelson