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The Sony Open in Hawaii

By GolfGuru - 5 years ago in Daily Fantasy, PGA News

The Sony Open in Hawaii

While much of the nation is huddled inside next to a fireplace or under a blanket trying to escape the cold, some of the best golfers in the world will be hitting the links at the Waialae Country Club in beautiful— and sunny – Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Sony Open. Not a bad way to make a living, right?

It was once part of the mid-autumn slate of tournaments after it was created as the Hawaiian Open in 1965. But it was skipped in 1970 and moved to mid-February in 1971. It currently takes place in mid-January (11-14) following the Tournament of Champions in Maui.

Sony has been the title sponsor since 1999. It is a PGA Tour event and part of the FedEx Cup Series. Last year’s winner, Justin Thomas, took home $1.08 million for his record-setting win. He took an unprecedented seven-stroke lead into the final round and went on to win by seven over Justin Rose.

But that was then, and this is now. Who is going to win this time? Who appears poised and ready to play well and help you win your daily fantasy league?

First— how about a little information about the course and weather?

The Waialae Country Club is a 7,044-yard, par-70 course. The front and back nine each contain six par-4s, two par-3s, and a par-5. With the exception of Justin Thomas setting the new tournament record with a final score of 253 last year, the winner in recent years has scored somewhere in the high 250s to low 260s.

As for the weather, there is a chance of rain throughout the weekend. But the highest chance is on Thursday at 20 percent. It drops to ten percent for Friday through Sunday. Winds will be a little stronger on Thursday (7 MPH), but will otherwise be between 4-6 MPH.

Temperatures are expected to be as high as 80 (on Friday). Otherwise, it will be in the high 60s to 70s.

So, basically, it will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and a slight breeze. Talk about a beautiful weekend to play some golf!

What if you are thinking of playing some daily fantasy golf instead? Well— there is never a bad day for that. But who should you pick up for your team?

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The Players:

Justin Thomas had to be high on any daily fantasy players list. It was only a year ago that he decimated the competition with a cumulative score of 27-under (253) and set a new tournament record with his score each day. But when you start out red hot with a 59, you are clearly going to do well—and he did (64-65-65).

He hasn’t played a lot in recent months. He did win the CJ Cup in South Korea in October (9-under) and placed 11th at the Hero World Challenge in early December (7-under). But he was a little off his game and finished tied for 22nd at the Tournament of Champions in Maui last week (4-under).

But the 24-year old is one of the best golfers in the world (fourth) and has a history with the course that can’t be ignored.

Jordan Spieth enters the tournament fresh off a ninth-place finish in the Tournament of Champions. This will be his third time playing in the Sony Open. He missed the cut back in 2014 but finished in third last year (19-under). During most years, his score last year would have been good enough to win the tournament.

He started off kind of slow last week in Maui with a 75. But he rebounded well with a 66 followed by a 70 and a 69 to close out the tournament. The 75 is concerning for daily fantasy players, but you have to like how he turned it around. If he continues where he left off this week, he could be the star of your daily fantasy team.

Other golfers worth considering include:

Jimmy Walker—he’s a two-time at the Sony Open (2014 and 2015), but he missed the cut last year and missed the cut in the only tournament he’s played in this season. If you need someone to finish out your roster, he should come cheap. But if he can regain his old magic, the reward will be high.

Webb Simpson— If you are looking for a dark-horse, look no further than Webb Simpson. He hasn’t played since November because he took time off to be with his dying father. The Sony Open will be his first tournament back. What better way could there be to honor family and announce your return than with an inspired performance? Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he is familiar with the course having place 13th at the Sony Open for the last three years.

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