Fantasy Golf: Previewing Picks For The Sony Open

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Course: Waialae Golf Course

Yardage: 7,044 – Par 70

Purse: $6.2 M

Discipline: 139 gamers

Current Sony Open Champions

2013 — Russell Henley

2014 — Jimmy Walker

2015 — Jimmy Walker

2016 — Fabián Gómez

2017 — Justin Thomas

Dustin Johnson went out and balled as if he was taking part in a bunch of amateurs on his house course. DJ put up a weekend rating of 15 below and a complete rating of 24 below par, profitable out by eight photographs and by no means seemed again as soon as he gained the lead on Saturday. He left the golf world with little to speak about aside from the truth that the world’s #1 participant is not going anyplace anytime quickly. Oh, and he hit a 433-yard drive that was about three quarters of a roll shy of an ace on a par four.

For the primary full area occasion of 2018, the Tour will make yet another cease in Hawaii for the Sony Open at Waialae Golf Membership. Set in Honolulu, Waialae has been house to a Tour cease since 1965 when it hosted the Hawaiian Open. Measuring out to 7,044 yards and taking part in at Par 70, Waialae is without doubt one of the best programs for Tour gamers yr in and yr out. The final 5 winners have averaged 22.2 photographs below par. The fairways are among the many most tough to hit on Tour, nonetheless, the tough supplies little to no punishment making the greens a number of the best to hit. The course is house to bermuda greens that may get very comfortable and permits golfers to take lifeless goal at sticks. Justin Thomas proved how low you possibly can go by taking pictures a 59 right here final yr.

Talking of Justin Thomas, he’ll be at Waialae to defend his crown. Within the area trying to dethrone Thomas on the high-priced finish now we have Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Russell Henley, Cameron Smith, Tony Finau, Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, and Si Woo Kim amongst others. This yr’s Sony Open has a a lot deeper area than lately. Within the lower-priced tiers there are some reputable gamers reminiscent of Emiliano Grillo, Gary Woodland, James Hahn, JJ Spaun, Peter Uihlein, Keegan Bradley, Kyle Stanley and Jason Dufner.

Waialae’s greens are very simple to hit, so it is only a matter of who can actually knock ’em shut or get scorching on the greens. Strokes gained: method has been key to victory over time at Waialae. With 12 par 4s, and all the Par 3s starting from 165-200 yards, method proximity 150-175 yards, and method proximity 175-200 yards ought to come into play on not less than half of all method photographs this week. On a course the place everybody can hit 80 p.c of the greens strokes gained: placing would be the nice separator, and extra particularly, bermuda specialists. Some gamers will putt higher relative to their common placing stats when they’re on bermuda greens, these gamers maintain quantity of worth this week.

Key Stats

Strokes Gained: Method

Method Prox. 150-175 yards

Method Prox. 175-200 yards

Strokes Gained: Placing

Bermuda Specialists

DFS Golf Picks

*Draftkings Pricing

Tony Finau ($Eight,900) – Will this be the yr Tony Finau lastly breaks out? He is damaged out already as a revered participant on Tour. However DFS gamers and golf followers alike are ready for this man to turn out to be a real main contender. Because the 2017-18 season started, Finau ranks sixth on tour in SG: Method and he ranks nicely above common in proximity on photographs ranging 175-200 yards. Finau seems able to make a Tour Championship run as he provides consistency to his recreation. In 4 occasions this season, he already has a runner-up end and no end worse than 26th.

Chez Reavie ($Eight,000) – Chez Reavie has turn out to be Mr. Consistency over the previous couple of months on Tour. With six straight High 25 finishes and 16 straight cuts made, and a few good latest historical past at Waialae, Reavie is a good worth this week. Reavie has made the weekend at Waialae three straight occasions coming into this week together with a T-Eight final yr. He is been terrific on his approaches this season rating seventh in SG: Method-the-green, and 20th in proximity from 175-200 yards. He would not give these photographs again on the greens both, gaining practically a half shot on the sphere per spherical with the flat stick.

Keegan Bradley ($7,400) – Keegan Bradley’s ranks in the important thing statistics for this match are a sight to behold. He is first in method photographs from 150-175 yards this season averaging 13’four”, a complete two ft higher than second place (Peter Uihlein). He ranks third in proximity from 175-200 yards and fourth in strokes gained on method photographs. After which there’s his placing. Yeah, about that Keegan… 224th in placing dropping practically 2.5 photographs per spherical?! (224th is second-worst on Tour; one way or the other Danny Lee loses three.5 photographs per spherical this season..YIKES!) So, Bradley is totally dialing in his irons this yr, after which three placing six occasions per spherical I presume. OK. So, Keegan Bradley was by no means identified to be an amazing putter, however he completed across the center of the pack in strokes gained: placing in 2015 and 2017. Maybe the Bermuda greens will set him straight. Nearly any change will lead to an enchancment over 2.5 photographs misplaced per spherical on the greens.

Luke Donald ($7,000) – I’m conscious that this is not the RBC Heritage, however I like this course for Luke Donald. Size is not an enormous situation at Waialae and Donald performs higher on Bermuda greens. Donald remains to be the good putter that he is all the time been rating 18th in strokes gained: placing, and High 30 within the area in strokes gained: method. He is additionally settled contained in the High 50 in proximity from 175-200, a distance he ought to discover himself in any respect week lengthy.

Harold Varner III – HV3 has been very constant these days making all six cuts in his final six worldwide occasions together with a sixth place end on the Australian PGA Championship. To afford Jordan Spieth you must decide somebody down in the direction of the underside and Varner is my man this week. He is taking part in nicely as of late and ranks inside the High 40 within the area in strokes gained: placing, and method proximity 175-200 yards. Varner has an inexpensive shot at cracking the High 25 this week.

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