After Chris Kirk’s win at the Sentry, the PGA TOUR stays in Hawaii this week for the Sony Open. Since this tournament’s inception in 1965, Waialae Country Club (par 70, 7,044 yards, Bermuda greens) in Honolulu has been the only venue to host the Sony Open. Finishing at -18 last season, Si Woo Kim is the defending champion of this event, and this year’s Sony Open presents a field of 144 golfers, with a standard top-65 and ties cut following the first two rounds. Included in this field are seven of the top-30 ranked players in the world.
Waialae is a scoreable par 70 that features large greens, 83 bunkers and water in play on five holes. While being long was an advantage last week at the long Plantation Course, extra length OTT isn’t necessary at Waialae. We have seen many short hitters win at this venue and OTT stats shouldn’t be a focus for research this week.
To come out victorious at Waialae, it all comes down to catching fire with your irons and putter. Of the past five Sony Open champions, three have finished top-seven in SG APP and three have finished top-three in SGP, with two of these golfers notably leading their field in the putting metric. Per usual with a par 70, being efficient on the 12 par fours of Waialae is also a must, with four of the past five winners at this Hawaiian venue ranking top-six in par four efficiency during their victories.
Below, I break down four of my favorite DraftKings bargain plays for the Sony Open, that are all priced under $7.5K.
Ben Griffin ($7,400) – Griffin finished T12 in his Sony Open debut last season and is coming off an impressive fall swing. In his six starts during the fall, Griffin made five cuts and carded four top-25 finishes, most notably with a runner-up at the Sanderson Farms Championship and a T8 at the RSM Classic. In that latter finish, which is the 27-year-old’s most recent start, Griffin closed the event with a 9-under 61, which marks his lowest score on the PGA TOUR.
Looking to build off this career round, Griffin has the potential to finish inside the top-20 at Waialae for the second straight year and is a steal at this low price tag. The 27-year-old ranks 16th in SGP over his last 50 rounds and just two starts ago for the Bermuda Championship, Griffin was priced up to a career-high $9,300 on DraftKings. Of all the golfers that cost less than $7.5K for DFS purposes, Griffin carries the best odds to win the Sony Open on the DraftKings Sportsbook at +7500.
Billy Horschel ($7,400) – Horschel is a tough value to ignore at this low price point, which is the cheapest he has ever been on DraftKings for a Sony Open. For last year’s edition of this event, Horschel was notably $9,500. The veteran is an excellent Bermuda putter who has made 4-of-6 cuts at Waialae and finished T7th at the track in 2021. Horschel is coming off a missed cut at the RSM Classic but had advanced to the weekend in five straight starts before this, including a T13 at the 3M Open and a T4 at the Wyndham Championship.
The former FedEx Cup champion is a safe bet to make the cut this week and has top-20 upside if his irons can come alive at this venue he knows very well.
Erik Van Rooyen ($7,200) – Van Rooyen arrives in Honolulu playing outstanding golf. The South African has finished inside the top-30 in eight straight starts worldwide, including a win at the World Wide Technology Championship in November, which marked the second PGA TOUR win of his career. Over this stretch, Van Rooyen has moved up 152 spots in the world golf rankings and has shot under par in 28 of his 32 rounds.
The 33-year-old has collectively gained strokes on APP and with his putter in three straight starts and is an easy choice at this cheap salary. Van Rooyen finished T20th in his last appearance at Waialae two years ago and brings an even better upside this time around.
Taylor Montgomery ($7,100) – Montgomery thrived in his first attempt at Waialae last season, with a T12 finish, and returns to Honolulu in terrific form. The 28-year-old is coming off a T8 at the RSM Classic, in which Montgomery gained strokes with both his irons and flat stick, including 7.7 SGP, which ranked second in the field for the tournament. Montgomery has now gained strokes on the greens in six of his last seven starts and ranks second in SGP when we compare this field’s last 50 rounds.
Mongomery’s elite putting should help him produce another quality finish at Waialae this weekend and he must be rostered at this cheap salary.
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