2020 Sony Open Betting Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Plays at Waialae


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Jan 08, 2020, 01:43 PM EST

The 2020 PGA Tour season will start to heat up this weekend with the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the year.

Justin Thomas, who is coming off a win at the Tournament of Champions last week, is the clear favorite at 5-1. The man Thomas bested in a playoff at Kapalua, Patrick Reed, is the second-favorite at 11-1, just ahead of Webb Simpson (13-1), Collin Morikawa (16-1) and Hideki Matsuyama (18-1).

Our staff shares their favorite bets for the 2020 Sony Open:

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Jason Sobel

The Bet: Charles Howell III Top-20 finish (+175)

The following stat is so impressive that by the time you read this, I probably will have tweeted it out as a standalone fact: Howell is the all-time leading money-winner at this tournament without ever having won it. It is the only event on the 2020 PGA Tour schedule whose leading money-winner has never won the title.

Don’t get me wrong, either: This isn’t some subtle troll-job of why/how CH3 can’t/doesn’t win more. No, I’m saying this because his consistency is so impressive. In 18 career starts, he owns a pair of runners-up, a pair of third-place finishes, 10 top 10s, and yes, 12 top-20 results, which should make this bet a fairly safe one.

Josh Perry

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