Sony Open in Hawaii Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 12th January 2017, Waialae Country Club

Justin Thomas was mighty impressive in Hawaii last week. The 23-year-old saw off the challenge of some of the world’s best golfers to win his third PGA Tour title at the Tournament of Champions and he’s remained in Hawaii to compete in this week’s Sony Open. Winning both Hawaiian tournaments in the same season has only ever been achieved by Ernie Els but there does seem to be a distinct advantage in the Sony Open to those who won an invitation to the Tournament of Champions. With that in mind, let’s get picking some bets.

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Sony Open in Hawaii Betting Tips

Waialae has been the host course ever since the inception of the Sony Open (when it was known simply as the Hawaiian Open). It is a course that many PGA Tour players are familiar with but not one that yields consistently low scores. That’s because the wind has such an impact on the coastal layout.

The early weather forecasts suggests that the wind is going to be benign over the first three days before it really kicks up on Sunday. That’s sure to provide some cracking drama as we approach the final stretch but there is plenty of work to get through before getting there.

The 7,044 yard par 70 has undergone a few changes in the year since Fabian Gomez pipped Brandt Snedeker in a playoff with three of the greens being remodelled. Those changes will require some getting used to but in general, the route to success remains the same – hit a high number of greens in regulation and putt well.

Hideki Matsuyama is quite possible the most in form golfer on the planet. The Japanese sensation came very close to chasing down Justin Thomas last week but had to settle for second place. That, incredibly, makes his form figures read 2-1-1-2-1-5.

Matsuyama will be doing all he can to ensure that this rich vein carries on into the summer when the majors come around. That means a hell of a lot of hard work, it means sticking to what has worked and it means beating his main rivals. With his distance and wonderful ball striking ability, Matsuyama is incredibly well suited to seriously challenge this week. The bookies know this but you can still get a decent price of 8/1 with BetVictor.

The second betting recommendation for the Sony Open, William McGirt, is a little further down the outright market at odds of 66/1with Bet365. It took McGirt a very long time to get his first PGA Tour win but it was well worth waiting for as it came at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament. Since then he’s played some up and down golf but he looked in good nick at the Plantation Course and should benefit from his maiden appearance at the Tournament of Champions.