The first full-field event of 2021 is here as the PGA Tour heads to the Sony Open at Wai’alae Country Club.
Golf is back! Well, in full force at least, as the PGA Tour heads to the Sony Open with a full field to kick of the resumption of the season.
There are plenty of storylines abound. Will Viktor Hovland breakout? Will an equipment change for Jon Rahm spell success? Can DJ repeat as FedEx Cup champ? Those and many more will dot the golf landscape as we make our way through 2021.
However, the focus, for now, is at the Sony Open, and we take a look at the staff picks to win this week.
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Hans Geevers – He has nine top 13 finishes at the Sony Open since 2009, and is my pick to win.
Chris O’Day – There are plenty of players that head to the Sony Open on hot streaks. Ryan Palmer has been crushing it (as you will see below), Collin Morikawa is a stud, and Harris English has been playing well even outside of his recent win. However, I’m going to go with the guy who has constantly played well at the Sony Open and take CH3.
Doug Hoff – After a top 5 finish at last week’s Tournament of Champions, Sungjae is staying in the Aloha State to not only compete in the Sony Open, but he’s going to claim victory. Arguably the most consistent player on tour when it comes to finishing in the top 20, wins have been more elusive for the young Korean in his short career. This week will be a different story.
Tim Letcher – Jumped out to an early lead at the Sony last season before finishing T21. Look for him to take the next step in 2021 and win in Hawaii.
Mike Randleman – In an excerpt from Mike’s wonderful weekly power rankings…
“Morikawa’s sparkling collegiate career at Cal immediately translated to pro wins at the 2019 Barracuda Championship and 2020 PGA Championship. Since August’s PGA, Morikawa has accrued four more top-12s worldwide.”
Bill Felber – This looks like a solid field. If he hadn’t just won, I’d take Harris English. But it’s really tough to win back-to-back, so I need to look somewhere else. If anything, Ryan Palmer has been even hotter than English, with three straight top 10s. I’ll take him to have a better Sunday at Wailaie than at Kapalua and close the deal this time.
Michael Ellis – After a strong showing this past weekend at the Sentry TOC and a T4 at last year’s Sony Open…I’ll take Ryan Palmer and ride the hot hand.
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Best of luck to everyone this week at the Sony Open!