The PGA TOUR stays in Hawaii one more week for the Sony Open in Hawaii. Waialae Country Club will host, and measures as a 7,044-yard par 70 with Bermuda greens. We are back to a full-field, 36-hole-cut event this week after last week’s 59-man, no-cut event.
Below I have outlined my two favorite bets for the week.
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This number immediately stood out as being way too steep for a player of Bradley’s caliber. Let us not forget he won the Traveler’s Championship last June at +8000 in a field much deeper than this one. While there are plenty of strong players teeing it up at Waialae this week, the Travelers was an elevated event and many of the top players in the world were in attendance.
Bradley is also no stranger to the Sony Open, as he’s teeing it up here for the ninth straight year. His history at Waialae is a mixed bag, but he does have a pair of T12s in 2022 and 2020, along with an additional top-30 finish as well. He’s missed four cuts here, but we don’t really care about that in the outright market.
Approach play is paramount if you want to win at Waialae, and Bradley is coming off a week at The Sentry where he gained 3.7 strokes with his irons. He only played two events this past Fall, so it was good to see him shake off the rust last week and hit the ball well. I am simply not buying that guys like Benny An or Brendon Todd are 25 and 10 points shorter to win this week than a proven winner like Bradley.
T-Mont had a miserable 2023 season, but seemed to really find his game in the Fall. He finished T35 or better in each of his final four starts, including a T8 at the RSM Classic about six weeks ago. The most encouraging part was how well Montgomery struck the ball at Sea Island, as he gained 2.56 strokes on approach for the week.
His putting has remained elite even throughout his poor season, as he ranks fifth in the field in SG: Putting over the past 48 rounds. Montgomery was once considered a future superstar, and there’s no reason he can’t recapture that mantra after how he’s played this Fall. Last year in his debut at Waialae, Montgomery finished T12 and gained over 1.52 strokes putting per round in the process.
This event has been known to produce some really low scores in the past, and T-Mont can roll the rock like few others on the planet, putting him firmly in play this week at 80/1.
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