2017 Sony Open Betting Preview

The Sony Open is the first full-field event of 2017 on the PGA Tour and it promises to be a fantastic four days of golf at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the track if often one for the 'thinkers' rather than the 'bombers' in attendance...

13th January - 16th January Odds Won/Lost Bet

Sony Open
Chris Kirk (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 50 / 1  
Jerry Kelly top-ten finish @ 11 / 1  
Jerry Kelly (each way) @ 150 / 1  

The Market Leaders

It is Jordan Spieth who is perhaps surprisingly the favourite ahead of Hideki Matsuyama and the American can be backed at 7/1 (Betfred). Spieth actually missed the cut on his last visit to Waialae in 2014 but he will hope to carry some momentum from the Tournament of Champions, where he signed off with a 65 to finish tied 3rd on Sunday.

Matsuyama was actually runner-up in Hawaii at the weekend as he failed to win for only the second time in his past six starts. The Japanese star has been in sensational form either side of the turn of the year and he is available at 8/1, albeit his four previous appearances at the Sony Open have yielded three missed cuts and a best of 78th.

Last week's Tournament of Champions winner Justin Thomas has a bit more course form behind him as he tied 6th in 2015 and he can be backed at 14/1 when bidding to win for a third time in five starts worldwide.

Jimmy Walker is next best at 22/1 after following up his Sony Open wins of 2014 and 2015 with a tie for 13th in 2016, while Brandt Snedeker is a 28/1 shot after finishing runner-up to Fabian Gomez here twelve months ago.

Captain Kirk

Our first selection for the week has to be Chris Kirk though as he goes in fresh for the new year and he makes great appeal at 50/1 with Betfred. Kirk has previous here as he had made five cuts in a row (30-38-5-2-26) at Waialae Country Club prior to last year's missed cut and he could be forgiven for his 2016 effort as he was still getting used to new equipment. Kirk is back using his old gear now and that bodes well for a player who signed off 2016 with four top-ten finishes in his final six starts (10-8-2-61-7-MC).
Tip #1: Chris Kirk (each way) @ 50/1 with Betfred.

The Outsider

Finally, Jerry Kelly is a former winner in Honolulu (2002) and he looks massively overpriced at 150/1 (Boylesports). Yes, he may be getting on in years but the 50-year-old veteran showed he can still mix it with the very best when finishing runner-up at the Travelers Championship, as well as finishing on the podium with Steve Stricker at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, during the back half of 2016 and his record at Waialae ensures he is worthy of respect.

Since winning the title in 2002, Kelly has secured nine top-fifteen finishes, including seven top-tens, and he is worth a punt to finish in the top-ten at the very least (Bet Victor).
Tip #2: Jerry Kelly (each way) @ 150/1 with Boylesports.
Tip #3: Jerry Kelly top-ten finish @ 11/1 with Bet Victor.

2017 Sony Open Odds