The PGA TOUR finishes up its annual Hawaii two-step this week with the Sony Open in Hawaii. Waialae Country Club will be the host course, and measures as a 7,044-yard par 70 with Bermuda greens. After an abbreviated 59-man field last week at Kapalua, we return to a standard full-field event this week with a 36-hole cut
The field will be headlined by last year’s winner, Si Woo Kim, along with plenty of other firepower, in the form of Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Ludvig Aberg. Chris Kirk will also be teeing it up after winning The Sentry last week.
Below, I have outlined three of my favorite DraftKings plays for the week.
Corey Conners ($9,800)
Being that this event usually turns into somewhat of a putting contest every year, Conners would not be the first guy that comes to mind when you think of course history. However, the Canadian has some of the best in the field, having finished T12 or better in each of his past four starts at Waialae, including a T3 in 2019.
He’s also coming off a week at Kapalua where he struck the ball beautifully, gaining 4.5 strokes on approach. Unfortunately, he lost over five strokes on the greens, which is a common theme for Conners, sadly. The good news is that he’s always putted the greens well at Waialae in his career, gaining .51 strokes per round.
Conners might be a bit chalky this week, but when you factor in his course history and recent ball-striking numbers, he’s a really strong play at $9,800.
Matt Kuchar ($7,800)
If we are talking Waialae course history, Kuchar’s name moves to the top of the list. The gentle giant has played this event eight times over the past decade, and has finishes of T8, T3, T13, WIN, T7 and T7 in six of those. Those pair of T7’s have come each of the past two years, so his recent form at this event has been real strong as well, even as Kuchar might have lost a step overall.
Kuchar stayed active this Fall, playing five times across both the PGA and DP World Tour, while finishing T7 at the Fortinet and then runner-up at the World Wide Technology Championship.
He should be ready to rock in his first start of 2024 at a course he loves, and this $7,800 is way too cheap for his upside.
Ben Griffin ($7,400)
The types of players who have had success at Waialae are those with strong approach games and strong putters alike. Griffin emphatically checks both of those boxes, especially recently. Griffin ranks 20th in this field in SG: Approach and No. 1 in SG: Putting over his past 12 rounds. These are things we love to see from anyone, but even more so when searching for value plays.
Griffin is also someone who played quite often this past Fall, while having enjoyed quite a bit of success as well. He should have won the Sanderson Farms back in October, but choked away a three-stroke lead on Sunday and ultimately lost a five-man playoff to Luke List.
He did rebound, however, finishing T23 at the World Wide Technology Championship, before closing out the Fall with a T8 at the RSM Classic. Griffin returns to Waialae after finishing T12 here in his debut last year, where he gained over a full stroke per round putting.
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