We are still in the very early stages of the new PGA season, with players trying to get up to speed in smaller tournaments before we get into the meat of the season. This weekend, the players will be in beautiful Hawaii for the Sony Open and a chance to nab a share of the almost $8 million purse. Over the last 7 seasons, we have seen 7 different winners of this tournament, with Hideki Matsuyama winning it last season. The bookies currently have the defending champion at odds of +1875, which is not surprising when it has been so long since we’ve had a back-to-back winner at this one. There are several players ahead of him on the bookies board, so let’s take a look at the Sony Open Odds.
PGA Sony Open in Hawaii Betting Predictions and Favorites Odds
Joo-Hyung Kim (+1075)
Kim is coming off his best season as a pro on the PGA Tour, but he is already well on pace to better the lone win that he had last year. He has played in 3 events already this season, winning one of them and not finishing worse than 11th in the other two. While he only has 2 wins on the tour, this is still a player who knows how to get the job done, as he has 7 other wins in international events. This is not the strongest field of players imaginable, so given his early season form, Kim might be well worth a look.
Sung-Jae Im (+1275)
It has been a busy start to the season for Im, who has played in several different events ahead of this one, so he should be warmed up and ready to go. While Im may not necessarily be a household name, he is sitting in the top 20 in the world rankings, so he is certainly no slouch. His best performance to this point in the season was a 7th place finish at the Shriners Children’s Open. I think we are looking at him as a top 5 or top 10 finisher here as opposed to the winner.
Jordan Spieth (+1475)
This is a player who got off to a staggering start on the PGA Tour, winning majors and dominating the game in a big way. His best season came in 2014-15, when he won 5 tournaments. Since then, he has cooled off rather dramatically, but he does still have 13 total wins on the tour, so this is a player who knows how to get the job done when he is on his game. Unfortunately, he has not really been on it in the early going, failing to crack the top 10 in the 2 tournaments that he has played to this point. This is a weaker field, though, so perhaps Spieth can get back on track.
Brian Harman (+1675)
Playing Harman to win this event is certainly a bit of a risk when you consider that he is now 35 years of age and had just 2 wins on the PGA Tour. He is, though, off to a very steady start to the season and already has a pair of 2nd place finishes under his belt, as well as close to $2 million in earnings. I still see Harman as a bit of a longshot to win this tournament, but he would certainly be worth taking to finish in the top 5.