Weekly Preview: Sony Open

Weekly Preview: Sony Open

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Sony Open in Hawaii

Waialae CC
Honolulu, HI

The PGA Tour stays in Hawaii, as the first full field event of 2021 takes place. Just like this past week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, most of the players in the field are teeing it up on Tour for the first time in weeks, if not months. If last week was any indication, expect most of the golfers to pick up where they left off. Justin Thomas, the reigning Official Money list leader, started strong with a nice check, as did Harris English, whose surge continued with his first win in eight years.

As for this week, while there is still a lot of uncertainty about how these guys will react off the long layoff, we can take comfort in knowing there is a ton of course history in play. With that said, there aren't a lot of high-end players with great track records in the field. Actually, there aren't a lot of high-end players at all. There are a few, but most of the elite players are taking this week off. This looks like one of those spots where one of the not-so-elites with a good track record could find his way to the winner's circle.

LAST YEAR

Cameron Smith shot a final-round 68 on his way to a playoff victory over Brendan Steele.

FAVORITES

Webb Simpson (12-1)

Already a big change from last week as there are no golfers with single-digit odds to win. Simpson

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Greg Vara
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