PGA Best Bets: Sony Open
Drew Phelps pores through the data to bring you his Best Bets and analysis for the 2021 Sony Open this week to help you cash those tickets!
I usually don’t ride first-timers at the Sentry but I should have had faith because he finished Top 5 last weekend at Kapalua. He led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and finished T3 in Proximity. We have seen a trend of players who play a week at Sentry playing well the next week at the Sony, just look at Justin Thomas. He has 2 Top 25 finishes at the Sony already and I could see him scoring his first Top 10 this weekend very easily.
SUNGJAE IM TO FINISH TOP 10 (+200)
Matt Kuchar had a rough 2019-2020 golf season to say the least. It started with a missed cut at the Sony Open which is a tournament he has typically owned with a win in 2019 and four other Top 10 finishes. I’m going to buy into the New Year, New You mentality with Kuchar and believe he bounces back this year. I’m not saying he goes out and laps the field but I could see the man easily scoring a Top 20 at one of his favorite courses on Tour.
MATT KUCHAR TO FINISH TOP 20 (+200)
This is a gut feeling with some history to back it up. While he did finish Top 15 in last year’s edition of the Sony that was easily his best finish in four previous trips. He definitely did not have his A-game last week at the Sentry finishing in a tie for last place at just four under par. Hideki is one of the best ball strikers in the world but he’s not at the top of his game right now and I think he falls short this weekend.
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA NOT TO MAKE THE CUT (+250)