2015 Sony Open Betting Preview and Tips

Thursday Jan 15 - Sunday Jan 18, 2015 Purse: $5,600,000 Winning Share: $1,008,000
Waialae CC Honolulu, HI

Doc’s Top Five To Watch

Jimmy Walker 12/1

Jason Day is the bookies favourite this week at 12/1 but Jimmy Walker at 14’s is not far behind.  Walker won here in 2014 and went to bag a second victory a few weeks later at Pebble Beach.  A stunning Sunday 63 this time last year swept him to a one shot win at Waialae where wind is the course’s only defence.  Walker lost a playoff to Pat Reed at the Tournament Of Champions on Monday; expect him to be contend again this week.

Russell Henley 33/1

Tied third at the Tournament Of Champions last week which if you combine with the McGladrey and Deutsche Bank make it three top-6 finishes in Henley’s last six starts.  Winner at Waialae in 2013 shooting three rounds of 63 with 26 birdies and no eagles.  His form suggests he’s in the mood to contend again this year.

Chris Kirk 20/1
I tipped Chris last week in Maui and though he didn’t make us any financial returns, did enough to make my shortlist again this week.  More than enough in fact; Chris threw off the shackles and shot 62 in the final round to surge up the leaderboard and finish T14.  I make that five top-15 finishes in his last seven starts dating back to his win at The Deutsche Bank.  Pipped at the post by Jimmy Walker here last year and finished T5 in 2013.  THE man for me this week at great odds.

Tim Clark 40/1

Finished 2014 well with a solo second at the WGC HSBC in Shanghai and a T7 back home at The Nedbank.  Was forced to withdraw after the first round here last year after entering the event with high hopes.  Clark has the perfect straight hitting, green finding game for this, the easiest par 70 on the PGA Tour schedule and his historical results back it up.  Solo second behind Henley in 2013 and T2 in 2011.  T25 at the TOC last week.

Kevin Na 45/1

Promised myself I wouldn’t ignore Kevin Na at the start of the year because he’s more determined than anyone these days to make his mark.  Finished last year well with a T2 at the CIMB in Kuala Lumpur and solid showings at the WGC HSBC and Nedbank.  Three top 10s here in Hawaii since 2008.

Best Of The Rest

Brian Stuard has putted brilliantly in Hawaii for the last two years scoring a solo sixth and T5.  A decent long odds each way shout at 75/1.  Harris English may have missed six of his last 10 cuts but he has two consecutive top-10’s here and knows how to get the job done. Available at 40/1.
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