Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with PGA Tour’s 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii this week. DPA Staff Colin Lynch here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!
The tournament features a 143 player field consisting entirely of PGA Tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 12:10pm EDT at Waialae Country Club, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The course will play as a par 70 measuring 7,000 yards and will feature tropical ocean views with Bermuda grass fairways and greens. The top 65 and tied make the cut for the weekend after the completion of 36 holes.
Top Tier Targets
Webb Simpson ($11,100)
Webb is coming off a Top 25 finish (17th) last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He’s a golfer that always seems to crush when playing on these shorter par 70 Bermuda courses. Simpson is a Top 25 machine that has some of the best course history in the field here. Webb has played this event ten times and has made the cut in every start. He has two Top 5’s (3rd and 4th) in his last two trips to Honolulu.
Collin Morikawa ($10,600)
Morikawa is arguably one of the best ball strikers on tour and in the world. He is coming off a Top 10 finish (7th) last week where he was in contention through the first three rounds and then underperformed on Sunday. Kawa is more of a tournament play for me this week. He played in this event last year and quietly gained 6+ strokes tee to green and ended up posting a Top 25 finish (21st).
Daniel Berger ($10,000)
Berger is one of the safest options on the board and he’s another golfer that always seems to play well on par 70 Bermuda tracks. Daniel is coming off a Top 10 finish last week where he gained strokes tee to green (5) and ball striking (6). He’s one of the best all around golfers in the field and on tour. Berger has played this event five times and has yet to miss the cut.
Sungjae Im ($9,800)
Im enters The Sony Open fresh off the heels of a Top 5 (5th) finish last week at Sentry. Sungjae lead the entire field last week in strokes gained tee to green (9+). He shot all four of his rounds under 70 and went on to drop in 24 birdies and an eagle. Sungjae has been hitting the ball extremely well lately and he’s another golfer that excels on par 70 Bermuda tracks. Im has played this event twice and made the cut each time with back to back Top 25 finishes (21st, 16th).
Middle Tier Targets
Kevin Kisner ($8,800)
Kisner is coming off a Top 25 finish (24th) last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Kevin is a well rounded golfer who seems to always contend on shorter courses. Kisner has an exceptional track record at this course, in his last five trips, he has four Top 25 finishes, including three Top 5’s (4th, 69th, 25th, 4th, 5th).
Charles Howell III ($8,000)
Howell is my favorite mid-tier value option of the week. In 19 career starts at this event, Charles has never missed a cut. During that span, he has posted twelve Top 15 finishes, including ten Top 10’s, with seven of those being Top 5 finishes. Lock him in!
Brian Harman ($7,800)
Harman is a well rounded golfer that can gain strokes in all facets of his golf game. He’s a guy I love to target to round off my roster builds. Brian is a Top 25 machine who quietly posts Top 25 finishes fifty percent of the time. Since July, Harman has missed only one cut in his last thirteen starts. Harman has a good track record at this event, posting three Top 20 finishes (32nd, 131st, 4th, 20th, 13th) in his last five starts.
Rory Sabbatini ($7,400)
Sabbatini has played this event a whopping seventeen times and has only missed the cut twice. He also has posted three Top 6 or better finishes here and ranks Top 10 in birdies made over the last twenty four rounds. Rory is a safe bet to make the cut and he posted a Top 25 (21st) finish here last year.
Scott Piercy ($7,300)
Piercy is a Bermuda specialist who has quietly made six straight cuts and has posted three Top 20 finishes in that span (40th, 18th, 32nd, 14th, 19th, 57th). Over the last twenty four rounds, Scott ranks Top 20 in strokes gained ball striking, tee to green, and approach. He hits a lot of fairways and has made the cut in eight of his last nine trips here.
Zach Johnson ($8,500)
Sebastian Munoz ($7,800)
Talor Gooch ($7,600)
Russell Knox ($7,400)
Doug Ghim ($6,900)
Brian Stuard ($6,900)
Anirban Lahiri ($6,700)
Adam Schenk ($6,600)
Brice Garnett ($6,500)
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