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PGA Tour 2019 Sony Open Odds and Picks: JT Opens as Favorite

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas is poised to make some noise at the 2019 Sony Open (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire)
  • Big name firepower headlines the field at the 2019 Sony Open
  • Recent history has produced blowout wins or hotly contested playoffs
  • We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious

The Sony Open has historically struggled to attract an elite field, but some of the biggest names in golf have teed it up the last few seasons and this year is no exception.

Justin Thomas bulldozed the field two years ago en route to a dominant victory highlighted by his amazing opening round 59 during his wire-to-wire victory and he could be poised to do it again.

2019 Sony Open Odds

Golfer Odds to Win 2019 Sony Open at Bovada (01/08/19)
Justin Thomas +650
Bryson DeChambeau +1000
Jordan Spieth +1400
Gary Woodland +1400
Marc Leishman +1600
Patrick Reed +2500
Hideki Matsuyama +2800
Cameron Champ +2800
Cameron Smith +2800
Paul Casey +3300
Kevin Kisner +3300
Charles Howell III +3300

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Will Anyone Be Able to Beat Justin Thomas?

Justin Thomas has been playing some exceptional golf with no worse than a 36th place finish in his last 10 events highlighted by a victory last August and a solid third place showing last week at Kapalua.

However, since that W in August at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Thomas has not found the winners circle which seems unfathomable. There is absolutely no reason he can’t win for the second time in three years at Waialae Country Club but with odds at a low +650 I’d hesitate to throw some coin down on him this week.

Justin Thomas’ Last 10 Tournaments

Event Result
Sentry Tournament of Champions 3
Hero World Challenge T-12
The CJ Cup T-36
CIMB Classic T-5
The Tour Championship T-7
BMW Championship T-12
Dell Technologies Championship T-24
The Northern Trust T-8
PGA Championship T-6
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 1

Gary Woodland Poised to Atone from Heartbreak Last Week

Gary Woodland has held 54 hole leads in stroke play events seven times in his career – and hasn’t converted a single one. Last week the Sentry Tournament of Champions was particularly painful.

Some golfers implode the following week after this happens whereas some knuckle down and get the job done. Bank on Woodland being in the mix this week and potentially notching his fourth victory.

Gary Woodland’s Last Four Sony Opens

Year Result
2018 T-7
2017 T-6
2016 T-13
2015 T-3

Last 5 Sony Open Winners

Year Winner Margin of Victory
2018 Patton Kizzire Playoff
2017 Justin Thomas 7 shots
2016 Fabian Gomez Playoff
2015 Jimmy Walker 9 shots
2014 Jimmy Walker 1 shot

2019 Sony Open Best Value Picks

  1. Matt Kuchar (+4000): Making his first start in three years here, which is surprising with four top-eight finishes from 2011-15 at this tournament (didn’t play in 2012). Won two starts ago in Mexico.
  2. Kevin Tway (+5500): Won first PGA Tour event three months ago and was the first round leader last week at Sentry Tournament of Champions.
  3. Jimmy Walker (+8000): Boom or bust pick. Walker has missed the last two cuts at this event but won it twice in a row in 2014-15.
  4. Sam Burns (+10000): 22-year old whiz kid is a longshot worth considering. Finished third at Sanderson Farms Championship in October. Tons of talent and destined for stardom.
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