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The PGA Tour starts the full-field schedule for 2019, with the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. This is an event that often turns into a putting contest, and short-game wizards tend to do well here. Some other players are strong horse-for-course candidates. However, the trend suggests the players most likely to win played last week at Kapalua, and that’s a key factor to consider going into our top 10 this week.
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2019 Sony Open in Hawaii rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Justin Thomas — JT closed strong at the TOC, and he looked great throughout the week. He thought he had this event won last time around, and he’s highly motivated to get an early win on the calendar.
2. Gary Woodland — Woodland almost won at Kapalua, and he plays so well at Waialae. His putting has dramatically improved since working with Phil Kenyon, and that could be the difference this week.
3. Bryson DeChambeau — DeChambeau looked largely pretty solid last week at Kapalua. He putted well for three rounds — yes, with the flagstick in. His ballstriking is sound.
4. Matt Kuchar — Kuchar’s Waialae record is great, and he played last week. He’s been OK in the two starts since the Mayakoba win, but that brand of golf should work at Waialae.
5. Marc Leishman — Leishman looked good at Kapalua, and he has top-10 finishes here in 2013 and 2014. His putter can’t run cold to win here, but the rest of his game is solid.
6. Paul Casey — Casey has five straight top-18 finishes worldwide, and he’s just too consistent of a ballstriker to not get plenty of chances to score this week.
7. Charles Howell III — CH3 played last week, and he finished above the middle of the pack. Now he turns to a course he loves, in a tournament where he’s had a fair share of chances to win.
8. Jordan Spieth — I will continue to underscore how important I think this year is for Spieth. He’s gotta get back to his style of golf, with a little extra distance. This should be a nice start for the newly married three-time major winner.
9. Kyle Stanley — Stanley is a ballstriking god, but his putting always languishes behind. He ended the year well and typically starts solidly.
10. Zach Johnson — Coming off one of the worst years of his career, Johnson starts 2019 on a course he loves. This week is a big sign of what could come, but his record gets him on this list.
My primary DraftKings lineup
- Paul Casey – $9,100
- Charles Howell III – $8,900
- Kyle Stanley – $8,700
- Matt Kuchar – $8,500
- Sungjae Im – $7,500
- Brian Gay – $7,300
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