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Aloha, friends and degenerates! The PGA Tour is on Oahu at Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open in Hawaii — the last first chance to get a win in paradise.

Now that Dustin Johnson has already collected win No. 1 on the season and returned to the mainland, those left in his wake — and the rest of the losers from last year — the opportunity to earn a trip back to the 50th state next January.

The Sony Open in Hawaii has a history of providing some great finishes, first time winners and big names winning big. Everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Brett Ogle has hoisted a trophy at Waialae.

So — who adds their name to that list this week? That remains to be seen — but I’ve got my hunches. Here’s a look at the can’t-miss, sure-fire locks for the Sony Open in Hawaii:

Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae Country Club – Honolulu, Hawaii
January 11 – 14, 2018

ODDS to Win:
Jordan Spieth 9/2
Justin Thomas 8/1
Marc Leishman 15/1
Brian Harman 20/1
Kevin Kisner 20/1
Zach Johnson 25/1
Daniel Berger 30/1
Tony Finau 30/1
Russell Henley 25/1
Gary Woodland 30/1
Cameron Smith 30/1
Xander Schauffele 40/1
Charles Howell III 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Webb Simpson 30/1
Si Woo Kim 30/1
Chez Reavie 40/1
Bill Haas 50/1
Peter Uihlein 50/1
J.J. Spaun 60/1
Austin Cook 60/1
Patton Kizzire 60/1
Kyle Stanley 60/1
Keegan Bradley 60/1
Kevin Na 60/1
Emiliano Grillo 60/1
Ollie Schniederjans 60/1
Jamie Lovemark 60/1
William McGirt 60/1
Russell Knox 60/1
Hudson Swafford 60/1
Luke List 80/1
Chris Kirk 80/1
Brian Gay 80/1
Jimmy Walker 100/1
Ryan Palmer 100/1
Danny Lee 100/1
Sean O’Hair 100/1
Scott Piercy 100/1
Harold Varner III 100/1
Aaron Wise 100/1
Wesley Bryan 80/1
Andrew Landry 100/1
Scott Brown 100/1
James Hahn 100/1
Jason Kokrak 100/1
Brian Stuard 100/1
Ryan Armour 80/1
Chris Stroud 100/1
Jerry Kelly 100/1
Patrick Rodgers 125/1
Seamus Power 125/1
Luke Donald 125/1
Stewart Cink 125/1
Whee Kim 125/1
Matt Jones 125/1
Harris English 125/1
Ben Martin 125/1
Ben Silverman 125/1
Yusaku Miyazato 150/1
Satoshi Kodaira 150/1
Morgan Hoffmann 150/1
Robert Streb 150/1
Smylie Kaufman 150/1
Beau Hossler 150/1
Kevin Tway 150/1
Jonas Blixt 150/1
Chad Campbell 200/1
Aaron Baddeley 200/1
Sam Saunders 200/1
Corey Conners 200/1
Shugo Imahira 200/1
Rory Sabbatini 200/1
Richy Werenski 200/1
Cameron Tringale 200/1
Vijay Singh 250/1
K.J. Choi 250/1
Sangmoon Bae 250/1
Nate Lashley 300/1
Field (all others) 17/2

Mortal Locks

Marc Leishman — Mark my words — 2o18 will be a career year for Marc Leishman. And, based on recent performance, his first win could come as soon as this week at Waialae Country Club. Leishman enters the week at the top ranked Aussie in the world, just ahead of Jason Day in the Official World Golf Rankings. Leishman enters the week as the favorite not named Justin Thomas or Jordan Spieth. At 15/1, the juice is worth the squeeze.

Cameron Smith — No player comes in hotter than young Aussie Cameron Smith. After finishing the 2017 calendar year with finishes of 5th, 3rd, 4th and 1st, Smith heads to the Sony Open in Hawaii looking for his first PGA Tour win in a non-team event. He may not be the odds-on favorite or even one of the top-5, but his recent form and the way his game sets up for the course at Waialae is enough for me to take the 30/1 action this week.

Bang For Your Buck

Peter Uihlein — Making his tournament debut, Peter Uihlein is one of my bang for your buck picks at the Sony Open. Uihlein enters the week on a decent run, collecting top-14 finishes in each of his last four starts. It’s not crazy impressive, but it’s certainly a trend in the correct direction. This week, Uihlein is getting 50/1 money. Certainly, a menial investment here could produce serious returns should things fall Uihlein’s way.

J.J. Spaun — Few people have gotten off to a better start to without winning than J.J. Spaun did last fall on the PGA Tour. After falling a couple holes shy of winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he finished solo second at the RSM Classic. Now, after a nice break, Spaun is ready to return to action. At 60/1, he could poised to collect Tour win No. 1. I, for one, wouldn’t want to be on the outside looking in if he can keep up the momentum he built all last fall.

Fun Under $5 

Richie Werenski — It’s early, but Richie Werenski is one of my big sleeper choices for the 2018 season. This kid is going to win this year and when he does, I’d like to cash in. As stated earlier, the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Waialae Country Club has a propensity for surprise winners. If Werenski can convert at 200/1, you and I will be very happy. If not, you didn’t give up much.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get to happy hour with Robert Allenby. I hear that’s a good time.

Until next time, go and choose wisely…


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