2018 Sony Open in Hawaii expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 Sony Open in Hawaii expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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We have your 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.

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2018 Sony Open in Hawaii rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Jordan Spieth -- This kind of place should suit Spieth for a variety of reasons, except for his driving. He was third here last year, and he found himself in the B Flight mix on Sunday at Kapalua.

2. Brian Harman -- Typically, Harman would be middle of the top 10. But a third at Kapalua coupled with a great fall run gives me a lot of confidence in him.

3. Justin Thomas -- There has to be a concern Thomas may feel a little off without Jimmy Johnson, but Bones should be great on the bag. Besides, good vibes at Waialae.

4. Marc Leishman -- An uncharacteristic Saturday knocked Leishman out of a chance to challenge DJ on Sunday, but he rebounded nicely.

5. Kevin Kisner -- Kisner just kind of hung around par at Kapalua. Not his best work, but he did OK with middling game. Short game and Bermuda love is important here.

6. Gary Woodland -- Woodland loves Waialae, which seems counter-intuitive, but it's true nevertheless. Decent fall run, cashing 4 for 4 with a couple top-30 finishes.

7. Charles Howell III -- CH3 must be on this list because of his course history. He also had a very good fall portion of the season, per usual.

8. Webb Simpson -- Simpson is getting back to the PGA Tour after his father's passing. He has an excellent history here and two top-20 finishes in the fall.

9. Zach Johnson -- ZJ may quietly be back. Great fall, and he really likes this stop.

10. Peter Uihlein -- Uihlein had two very good PGA Tour starts in the fall, and he could have a big leap this year. Weak putting performance in the measured rounds in 2017-18, but don't rely heavily on that.

My DraftKings primary lineup

  1. Zach Johnson - $9,500
  2. Charles Howell III - $8,800
  3. Si Woo Kim - $8,500
  4. Gary Woodland - $7,800
  5. Peter Uihlein - $7,700
  6. Jimmy Walker - $7,200

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