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2023 Sony Open predictions, expert picks, odds, field rankings, golf best bets at Waialae Country Club

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This week, the PGA Tour heads to the state capital of Aloha for the Sony Open 2023. Playing at the Waialae Country Club, players will face a very different challenge compared to last week’s Kapalua Plantation Course. At just over 7,000 yards and playing up to par 70, this Seth Raynor design emphasizes keeping the ball on the fairway and playing positional golf.

Despite the opposite nature of the two golf courses in Hawaii, 19 of the 39 Tournament of Champions players will make the short trip from Maui to Honolulu. Led by South Korean phenom Tom Kim, historically, those who participated in the first part of the Aloha Swing were successful in the second phase; Of the last 24 Sony Open winners, 17 were entrants last week.

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Jordan Spieth will tour and also play at the Sony Open for the fifth time in his career and the first time since 2019. Halfway to Kapalua he hopes to put together a full 72 holes on Waialai CC. Sungjae Im, reigning champion Hideki Matsuyama and a slew of Georgia Bulldogs like Brian Harman and Russell Henley round out the other big names slated for the second event of the new year.

Event Information

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Event: 2023 Sony Outdoor | Dates: January 12-15
Location: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Steam: 70 | Area: 7044 | Wallet: $7,900,000

2023 Sony Open field odds

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Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Tom Kim (11-1)
  • Jordan Spieth (14-1): Spit is the highest ranked player in the area and will be making his first appearance on Waialae since 2019. After canceling a standard tour from his playing commitments in early 2023, he decided to stay in Hawaii for a week longer than usual. Statistically, this is not a golf course that should be suitable for him to play, as there is a prerequisite for finding fairways and playing positional golf, which Spit does not do very well. On the other hand, he has been successful at courses like Colonial Country Club and Harbor Town Golf Links, both of which have similar characteristics, so who knows.
  • Sungjae Im (14-1)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (16-1): This player from Japan did not win last year due to injuries and lack of confidence in his game. Hopefully returning to Waialai will help him get back to his usual routine, as it has been a tough month for Matsuyama. Without finishing in the top 20 in a full-field tournament since making the top 5 at the US Open, the former Masters champion will have to rediscover his shots if he wants to put in a strong defensive effort.
  • Brian Harman (20-1)
  • Russell Henley (22-1): Henley’s biggest mistake in 2022 was his failure to find the par-5 18 fairway on both the regular and extra holes. With a five-shot lead over the last nine holes, the 33-year-old missed his second Sony Open title. However, there was a lot of good things that happened in the week he went 23 under, including the final round 5-under 65. After the Mayakoba breakout, maybe the monkey is off his back and he can redeem himself this year.
  • Tom Hoge (22-1)
  • Corey Conners (22-1)
  • Billy Horschel (28-1)
  • Taylor Montgomery (30-1): He is the only player who has not played Kapalua to record 30-1 or lower on the odds board. The last time we saw Montgomery, he was an early contender for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Posting six top-15 results in its seven high-season starts, UNLV’s product has consistently relied on fast-paced drives and ridiculously hot hits. He is currently 12th in the FedEx Cup standings and has a great opportunity to improve this week if he hits enough fairways.
  • Keegan Bradley (33–1)
  • K. H. Lee (33-1)
  • Keith Mitchell (33-1)
  • Cam Davis (33-1)
  • Maverick McNeely (33–1): McNeely could very well be the best player on the PGA tour without a win. After missing the cut in his first competition of the season, the 27-year-old has made four straight top 20 finishes, including a pair of top 10 finishes. He can run as fast as anyone on the green, but his off-tee inaccuracy and inability to consistently hit his irons caused problems. Whether he learns how to hit the ball within a month will determine not only this week, but also in his fourth year on the Tour.
  • Adam Scott (33-1)

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Source: www.cbssports.com

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