Sony Open in Hawaii

Week 2 takes us back to the familiar Waialae CC in Hawaii. The course plays as a 72 for the members and as a 70 for the big dick swingers out on the PGA Tour, with holes 1 and 13 played as par 4's. Boom! 

Waialae CC (can't believe I've spelt it right twice in a row) has been hosting this event since 1965, and always attracts the new talent on the PGA Tour. The Sony Open has always been the first full field event and many of The 25 from last years Web.com Tour get their first opportunity to tee it up as PGA Tour members at this course. Don't count on the rookies though, the last time there was a first time winner at this event was Jerry Kelley in 2002. 

The Course

Waialae CC is located in Honolulu, HI and plays to a par 70 at 7,125 yards for the PGA Tour event. Waialae is a Seth Raynor design and features a few of his favorite templates. Most famously the Redan par 3, 17th hole, and the Biarritz par 3, 4th hole. The golf course usually yields low scores and seasoned champions. Jimmy Walker was a repeat winner here in 2014 and 2015, so JT might be a good bet for this years championship if you're feeling like lightning can strike twice....

Driving accuracy is a premium at Waialae, the course plays easy but had the 8th hardest fairways to hit on Tour last year. Getting the ball in the fairway is imperative to creating scoring opportunities. 

The hole to watch this week is the 17th hole. Redan par 3's are always cool to watch and I'd be willing to bet that down the stretch, the winner will hit a sweet shot into this hole. 

 

Picks

Solid Bets: Jimmy Walker (2 time winner of the event), Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman (the hot hand)

Dark Horses: Daniel Berger, Harris English, Gary Woodland

Great Picks, Just Not Right Now: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson 

MY PICK: Kevin Kisner

 

Fantasy Insiders Picks

Below are charts for who's hot in the field this week, who's performed best over the last 5 years there, and the Vegas odds for the week. 

Good luck!