The first full-field PGA Tour event of the New Year tees off on Thursday at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Matt Kuchar is the defending champion, but he’s not the favorite on the golf odds at Mybookie.M.
2020 Sony Open Odds, Preview & Expert Prediction
- When: Thursday-Sunday
- Where: Waialae Country Club in Honolulu
- TV: Golf Channel
- Radio: SiriusXM
About the Tournament
Waialae is a par 70 that measures around 7,045 yards. It’s the 55th consecutive year the course hosts the event, a record topped by just three other courses.
Last year, Matt Kuchar won at 22-under 258 by four shots over fellow American Andrew Putnam. Kuchar made just one bogey over the first three rounds to take a two-shot lead into Sunday. However, Kuchar had three bogeys in his opening five holes Sunday and fell one shot behind Putnam, and Kuchar had to make a 10-foot birdie putt at the turn to avoid falling two shots behind. Kuchar caught Putnam with an aggressive pitch up the slope on the par-4 10th hole. They remained tied with five holes to play when Putnam made bogey from a deep bunker left of the 14th green, and Kuchar made a pair of 12-foot birdie putts on the next two holes to seize control.
Kuchar’s 22-under 258 was the third-lowest total in Waialae history behind the PGA Tour record of 253 by Justin Thomas in 2017 and Jimmy Walker’s 72-hole score of 257 when he won in 2015. Kuchar is +2200 to repeat. Four other guys have done it at this tournament, last Walker in 2014-15.
2020 Sony Open Betting Favorites
Thomas is the +500 favorite as he tries for the Hawaii sweep for the second time in his career. Thomas won Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. On the third playoff hole, Thomas holed a 3-footer for birdie in approaching darkness, edging Patrick Reed for the title. Defending champion Xander Schauffele, who had the 54-hole lead, dropped out after a par on the first playoff hole. It was the 12th career Tour title for the 26-year-old Thomas. He now has more Tour titles at a younger age than any other active player.
Thomas rocketed to the top of the FedExCup standings with the victory. He joined Tiger Woods (34) and Jack Nicklaus (20) as the only players with 12 or more PGA Tour wins before the age of 27 in the last 60 years. It is his second win this season, and third in his last six Tour starts. Thomas joined Stuart Appleby (3), Geoff Ogilvy (2) and Dustin Johnson (2) as multiple winners of the Sentry Tournament of Champions since the event moved to The Plantation Course at Kapalua in 1999.
Thomas also won the Tournament of Champions in 2017 and then won here with that record score of 253. That score broke the record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Texas Open. Thomas finished at 27 under and won by seven over Justin Rose. Thomas also set the lowest 36-hole scoring record (123) and tied the 54-hole record (188). His scores for the week were 59, 64, 65 and 65 for the 253 total. The only other golfer to win both Hawaii events to start a year was Ernie Els in 2003.
Reed is +1200 with Hideki Matsuyama the same price this week. Matsuyama has made five trips to Waialae. A T27 in 2017 (66-67-67-69) was his best result. Reed’s tie for second last week came on the heels of finishing solo third in December at the Hero World Challenge. It was also his fourth top 10 in his last five starts. This will be Reed’s second Sony Open start. He shot 72-70 to miss the cut in 2013.
Important Data & Information
Since the Sentry Tournament of Champions moved back to Hawaii 21 years ago, 15 of 21 Sony Open winners have also played at Kapalua the week prior. Americans have won this tournament nearly every year. A European never has. Many of the top Europeans don’t come over the States until the Tour heads to California.
One big name withdrew from the field over the weekend: Jordan Spieth is dealing with an illness. The 11-time PGA Tour champion is coming off a rough 2018-19 season. The 2015 FedExCup champion hasn’t won since the 2017 British Open.
Expert 2020 Sony Open Betting Pick
Bet Charles Howell III at +3500. He has seven Top 10s at the Sony Open since 2009 but hasn’t won it yet. Howell is also the all-time money leader at the tournament. He has 23 straight subpar rounds in the Sony Open dating to 2014.