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2023 Sony Open: 3 Matchups and 4 Prop Bets to Target

2023 Sony Open 3 Matchups and 4 Prop Bets to Target
Bill Christy
Written by Bill Christy
January 11, 2023

The 2023 Sony Open tees off on Thursday, January 12, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Some of the big names in the field include Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Tom Kim, and Sungjae Im. Kim is the favorite to win the tournament over at DraftKings Sportsbook, with a current price of +1100.

The scoring should be off the charts this week, as this course seems to set up well for the majority of golfers. Most of the time, the winner ends up finishing -20 or better at this event. So, if you're betting on outrights, look for golfers who can get hot with the putter.

Here are 3 matchup and 4 prop bets to target. Best of luck with all your PGA Tour action this weekend! Let's cash some tickets!

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FT Matchup: Cam Davis OVER Andrew Putnam

Best Available Odds: -110 at DraftKings

Cam’s last start came at the CJ Cup, where he finished tied for 13th. He is currently in the top 50 for strokes gains off-the-tee, putting, and total. In his past 4 starts at the Sony Open, he has only missed the cut once (2019) and has 2 top-40 finishes to go with his best finish of 9th in 2020.

In the year he missed the cut, Putnam grabbed his best finish of 2nd. However, he has either missed the cut or finished outside the top 50 in 3 of his other 4 starts.

Putnam has not competed in a PGA Tour event since last November when he finished 21st at the RSM Classic. Davis should be able to play well enough to grab a better finish than Putnam here.

FT Matchup: Russell Henley OVER Tom Hoge

Best Available Odds: -115 at DraftKings

Henley is coming off his best start here at the Sony Open last year. He finished 2nd in that one after finishing 11th the year prior.

His track record previous to those starts had been rocky, with 2 out of 3 missed cuts. He grabbed a 30th-place finish last week at the Sentry TOC and won the WW Tech Championship back in November.

He is facing Tom Hoge in this matchup who has been playing really good golf. He won the QBE and finished 3rd last week, but he has not faired well here at the Sony.

He has missed back-to-back cuts, and while he finished 12th in 2020, he missed the cut again the year prior to that. We are backing Henley here despite the good recent form of Hoge.

FT Matchup: Corey Conners OVER Taylor Montgomery

Best Available Odds: -130 at DraftKings

Conners has back-to-back top-15 finishes here at the Sony Open. Previous to that, he finished 3rd in 2019. He is coming off an 18th-place finish at the Sentry and an 8th-place finish at the QBE.

Montgomery has yet to participate in the Sony and has not played a TOUR event since November. We like Conners’s track record here and are comfortable laying the juice on this matchup.

Top 40 Finish:Webb Simpson

Best Available Odds: +100 at FanDuel

While Webb had a rough go at it last year at this event, he had been stellar in his 3 starts prior. Two 4th place finishes sandwiched a 3rd place finish in 2020.

Webb’s recent form has not been the best, but a top-40 finish at a course where he has been strong in the past is worth the play.

Top 40 Finish: Michael Thompson

Best Available Odds: +250 at BetRivers

At 2.5 to 1, the value on Thompson here makes this a must-play. He finished 5th last season at the Sony and finished inside the top 40 in his 2 starts previous to that one.

He has the ability to make a run on this track, and while he may not be in contention over the weekend, we believe he has enough in the tank to get to the weekend and inside the top 40 here.

Top 20 Finish: Hideki Matsuyama

Best Available Odds: +110 at BetRivers

We are getting plus money on the defending champion to just finish inside the top 20? Sign us up! Prior to his win last year, Matsuyama had finished inside the top 20 in back-to-back Sony Opens.

He finished just outside this number last week at the Sentry, where he gathered a tie for 21st. We believe Hideki plays strong once again here, and the Top 20 will be an easy finish for him.

Top 10 Finish: Sungjae Im

Best Available Odds: +155 at Unibet

We are going unorthodox here for our Top 10 play. Sungjae has not been great at the Sony in his last 2 years. He missed the cut last season and finished just 56th the year prior to that.

In 2019 and 2020, he grabbed Top 20 finishes, but we believe he is primed for a strong showing this season. He finished 8th at the Hero World Challenge and 13th last week.

He is 7th in strokes gained off the tee, and 21st in strokes gained tee to green. The field is not full of superstars, but Im is on the precipice of becoming just that.

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