The 2018 PGA Tour is already underway, but the next couple of months is when we will start to see the bigger tournaments come into play. The early months of the season are when players shake off the rust in preparation for what’s to come while also getting to visit some pretty exotic locations. On Thursday, January 11, 144 of the best golfers in the world will descend upon the Waialae Country Club in for the Sony Open in Hawaii, with a purse of $6.2 million up for grabs, $1.116 of which goes to the winner. They will all be chasing defending champion and top contender at the Golf betting odds Justin Thomas, who shot a PGA record-setting 4 rounds at the 2017 version of this event.
The course is very flat, but huge wind gusts can make things a nightmare for the players. If things stay calm, the scores could go low, just as they did last year. Let’s take a look at some of the players who might be worth placing your bets on in the Golf odds on this coming weekend.
Expert Golf Betting Preview for the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii
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- Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
- Established: 1965
- Course(s): Waialae Country Club
- Par: 70
- Length: 7,044 yards
- Tour(s): PGA Tour
- Format: Stroke play
- Prize fund: $6.2 million
- Tournament record: 253 (Justin Thomas, 2017)
- 54-hole record: 188 (Justin Thomas, 2017)
- 36-hole record: 123 (Justin Thomas, 2017)
- 18-hole record: 59 (Justin Thomas, 2017)
2018 Top Contenders
- Golf Betting Odds to win: +400
At just 24 years of age, Jordan Spieth has quickly become one of the best bets on the PGA Tour. He has already notched up 11 career wins, 5 of which came in the 2015 season, when he was about as close to unbeatable as it gets. This will be the second tournament of the season for Spieth, and he will be looking to build on the top 10 finish that he managed at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Top 10’s have been the order of the day for Spieth of late, as he now has 7 in a row. He finished 3rd at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year and needs to be considered a favorite here.
- Golf Betting Odds to win: +650
What Thomas did at this event last year is already the stuff of legend, as he put himself in the pole position by shooting a 59 on opening day. His lead was never under any serious threat after that point, especially since he shot low on the other 3 days, too.
Thomas finished the 2017 season with 5 tour victories and already has one under his belt this season at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges event. He is ranked #4 in the world right now, and while he may not be able to match what he did here last season, it’s obvious that he loves this course.
- Golf Betting Odds to win: +1300
Leishman has already been busy in the 2018 season, picking up a pair of top 10 finishes, including a second-place spot behind Justin Thomas at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges tournament. 2017 was a career year for the 34-year old Australian, as he picked up a couple of wins on tour.
He has 3 wins on the PGA Tour to go with 5 victories in international events, so this is a guy who knows how to get the job done on Sunday afternoon. Maybe worth a look at a good price.
- Golf Betting Odds to win: +1100
The University of Georgia graduate may be licking his wounds after seeing his Bulldogs lose in the National Championship Game on Monday night, but that may serve as fuel for the fire that has already been burning bright this season.
Harman has already picked up 4 top 10 finishes in the early part of the 2018 season, and I see no reason why he can’t go out and get the win against this field.
- Kevin Kisner: +1600
- Cameron Smith: +2300
- Xander Schauffele: +2300
- Russell Henley: +2500
- Daniel Berger: +2500
- Tony Finau: +2800
- Webb Simpson: +2800
- Charles Howell III: +3300
- Bill Haas: +3800
Last 10 Champions
- 2017: Justin Thomas
- 2016: Fabián Gómez
- 2015: Jimmy Walker
- 2014: Jimmy Walker
- 2013: Russell Henley
- 2012: Johnson Wagner
- 2011: Mark Wilson
- 2010: Ryan Palmer
- 2009: Zach Johnson
- 2008: K. J. Choi