Golf: PGA Tour – Sony Open in Hawaii
Venue: Wai’alae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dates: Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th January 2022
The PGA Tour is starting to get up ahead of steam in 2022 and the Hawaii swing continues with the Sony Open. Originally known as the Hawaiian Open, it has been coined the Sony Open since 1999 and it continues to attract a stellar field. Previous winners of the event include Justin Thomas, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, testament to the prestige and importance placed on the Sony Open within the PGA Tour calendar. With a prize fund of $6.6 million and with almost $1.2 million going to the winner of the event, the stakes are high in Hawaii this week and it promises to be a fascinating 4 days of golf.
The Sony Open has attracted a very strong field to Hawaii and there will be plenty of household names wanting to take home the spoils:-
Australian Cameron Smith is a previous champion at the Sony Open and he will be relishing the opportunity to get going again in the Hawaiian sun, fresh off his win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
A pillar of consistency, Webb Simpson continues to be one of the men to beat on the PGA Tour and he could be a leading contender in Honolulu this week.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is a man in superb form and with plenty of tournament wins in the bag in 2021, he should be ready to go again in 2022.
Mexican superstar Abraham Ancer has an electrifying game, and he will be hoping to get off to a flying start in Hawaii this week.
Kevin Kisner has finished in the top 5 at this event previously and after a solid 2021 he will be looking to get off to a flying start in 2022 in favourable conditions.
1st Round Leader
Getting off to a flyer in the Hawaiian sun could be essential this week and there are plenty of big names that will be hoping to do just that:-
South Korean Sungjae Im always tends to be in the mix in the biggest events on the PGA Tour and his tendency to get off to a fast start makes him a contender from the off here in Hawaii.
Brendon Todd found some form at the back end of 2021 and with his accurate iron game, he could carry that across from the outset in Hawaii this week.
Top 10 Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in Hawaii, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top five come Sunday afternoon:-
Australian Marc Leishman is an excellent ball striker, and he could be a tough man to stop if he get going in the Hawaiian sunshine.
American Kevin Na has a superb record on the PGA Tour, without necessarily getting the wins his performances have deserved and a top 5 finish is very attainable for him here.
After finishing 2021 in fine form, many expect Jason Kokrak to kick on in 2022 and he should relish the quick playing conditions in Hawaii this week.
Sony Open in Hawaii betxchange.com Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Hideki Matsuyama – 16/1
1st Round Leader: Sungjae Im – 25/1
Top Five Finish: Marc Leishman – 9/2