Sobel’s Sony Open Round 2 Preview & Matchup Bet: Keep Riding Collin Morikawa?


Sam Greenwood/Getty Images. Pictured: Collin Morikawa.

Jan 10, 2020, 08:25 AM EST

Earlier this week, I picked Collin Morikawa to win the Sony Open, but with the youngster staked to the overnight lead, this is no time for I-told-you-so’s.

The truth is, those of us bullish on Morikawa (+380 at FanDuel) probably wish he’d saved that 5-under 65 for one of the later rounds, retaining some value until then, but we’ll take a live leader anytime we can get it.

Friday’s second round calls for continued blustery weather at Waialae CC, though with some sprinkling rain in the forecast, the already-soft course conditions should become even softer.

That should provide a unique dichotomy working in sync, with wind likely keeping scores from being too low and rain likely keeping them from being too high.

In the opening round, there was a smattering of leaders from both the early and late waves, proving there wasn’t much of an advantage either way. That should remain consistent on Friday, as the strongest winds are predicted for midday — right when the early wave is finishing and the late wave is beginning.

All things considered, if you’re either looking to fade Morikawa or hedge with another potential contender or two for live outright bets, I’d stick with players teeing off in the morning.

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