2024 Sony Open Odds & Picks: Consider Chris Kirk at Eye-Catching Odds

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We’re going to grab our sunscreen, beach towel, and sunglasses and leave Maui for the PGA Tour’s second stop in 2024: Oahu, just a short flight away.

This week’s Sony Open is being played at Waialae Country Club and will let a second wave of PGA Tour players experience a little island paradise… while trying to earn a huge payday.

And while we may be staying in Hawaii, the two courses that play host to these events couldn’t be more different in their layout.

Last week’s site, the Plantation Course at Kapalua, gives new meaning to a roller-coaster layout with its severe elevation changes.

In fact, from the highest point on the course, the 17th tee, to the lowest spot on the course, the 8th green, there’s a 435-foot elevation change.

This week at Waialae Country Club, there is limited elevation change to figure into the equation when players are figuring out how to attack the course.

It’s all about battling the winds that are sure to creep up at times during the tournament and dealing with doglegs on many of the holes.

And while last week’s tournament, won by Chris Kirk, featured an elite invitation-only field (winners and those ranked in the top 50 in the world rankings), this week’s tournament will be a full-field event featuring 144 players.

A majority of last week’s field won’t hang around to play the second tournament of the Tour’s ‘Opening Drive’ two-event stop in Hawaii, which means it’s a great place for those making their 2024 debut to maybe get into the winner’s circle.

Many in the field this week finished up last year between No. 51 and No. 125 in the FedEx Cup race and missed out on the trip to Maui.

A win here gets them into the field in 2025 as a Tour winner to go along with 500 FedEx Cup points and a paycheck worth a cool $1.5 million.

Let’s get started with our Sony Open odds and picks.

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Sony Open Field: Top Favorites & Best Odds Available

 

Chris Kirk and Hawaii Go Hand-In-Hand

If you’re looking for a hot golfer, look no further than Chris Kirk.

Kirk, at an eye-catching +3300 (Best Live Odds: ) this week, is not one of the favorites and we’re wondering why.

He’s coming off an impressive victory last week in Maui and was solo third at last year’s Sony Open.

To say he’s fond of these Hawaii events and plays well in them would be an understatement.

Kirk, in the early days of the 2023 year, won the Honda Classic last February so once the calendar changes to a new year, it seems Kirk’s game is in top form.

Back-to-back wins in Hawaii after last week’s victory in Maui? Why not.

Watch Out for Another Player Who Loves Hawaii

Matt Kuchar, at +5000 (Best Live Odds: ) this week, has also had success on the Hawaiian islands.

He wound up T-7 here last year despite an opening-round 70 that left him fighting an uphill battle.

He won this event in 2019 but then went two straight years missing the cut before getting back in contention last year with that T-7 finish.

He spends plenty of time around the new year in Hawaii with the family on vacation… while also working on his game.

We’ll see if that work pays off and he can get back in the PGA Tour’s winner’s circle… somewhere he hasn’t been since he picked up that victory here in 2019.

He also wants the chance to get back to Maui and The Sentry, which he hasn’t played in since 2019.

A victory sews up that trip nice and early in the year.

A Repeat Champion Is Possible

Si Woo Kim finished last year’s event with sparkling 64s (six-under-par) over the weekend to win by a stroke.

At +4000 (Best Live Odds: ), we love the chance that he repeats and wins again this week.

Kim is coming off a so-so tournament in Maui (if you can call a 20-under-par effort over four days mediocre), so he put up plenty of birdies over four days.

He has four wins on the PGA Tour including a high-profile win (the 2017 Players Championship), so he’s adept at handling the pressure that comes with being on the first page of the leaderboard.

Around the Prop Scene

We’re going to look at DraftKings for a couple of our prop bets this week.

We never bet with our heart… there’s always got to be a reason we’re going to put down a wager.

Until now.

Just because it’s such a great story, we’re going to bet a couple of bucks on Gary Woodland to place in the top 20 at +350 (Best Live Odds: ).

Now we realize not everyone follows golf that closely, but the reason this is a bet from the heart is we have no idea how Woodland’s game is shaping up.

But that’s OK.

Woodland is making his first start after undergoing brain surgery in September to remove a tumor.

We aren’t sure if he’s even going to make the cut — or even break 80 — but this is our way of sending good vibes to a great guy.

We’re also going to look at a bet that features two players to each finish in the top five. The duo of Tyrrell Hatton (Best Live Odds: ) and Matt Fitzpatrick (Best Live Odds: ) both played solid in Maui with T-14 finishes and at +2500, we like the odds of them posting back-to-back solid tournaments and both being in the top five come Sunday.

And finally, let’s go with the bet that the winner won’t be in the final group. At +165, we’re banking on the fact someone’s going to go low in a group in front of the final pairing and post a number that holds up for the victory.

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