2022 Sony Open Betting Preview/Prop Picks

12 January 2022

The next PGA event heads to the beautiful Wai?alae Country Club in Hawaii. Kevin Na will be in attendance to see if he can win for a second straight year. 

Other players have caught the eyes of bettors lately with their performances. A handful of players over the last few years that have won this event typically had excellent putting. 

Tournament Details

Date: Jan 13–16, 2022
Course: Wai?alae Country Club
Watch on: GOLF
Purse: $7,500,000

Betting Overview 

This course is a Par 70, with it being a bit shorter than other clubs. There are tree lines to consider when driving and the wind could greatly affect play too. 

Scores are going to vary between golfers in general, but the wind could be the major factor for this event. Below you will see the best golfers that have a chance to win. 

Head to Head Matchup to Watch 

DraftKings has an appealing odds matchup between Talor Gooch to win over Harris English. The moneyline odds currently listed for that scenario are -130. 

Gooch also has the second-best opportunity to win this event, according to the Dunkel Index. This is quite an interesting take on this, especially since English is currently ranked the 14th best golfer in the world and Gooch is at 32. 

Dunkel Index For This Event 

The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The following ten are:

1    Sung-jae Im    -19.157
2    Talor Gooch    -20.378
3    Hideki  Matsuyama    -22.969
4    Kevin Na             -24.194
5    Cameron Smith    -24.766
6    Billy Horschel      -26.272
7    Harris English       -26.542
8    Webb Simpson    -28.251
9    Russell Henley    -28.326
10    Maverick McNealy    -28.698

*index is subject to changes 

Golfers That Could Win 

Cameron Smith (-24.766) just recently recorded an outstanding -34 finish to win the Tournament of Champions. With his ability to sink plenty of birdie and eagle opportunities, he should definitely have a great chance to win. In addition, he won this event back in 2020. 

One golfer that has a shot to place in the top 10 would be Hideki Matsuyama (+250 DraftKings). With the third-best chance, according to Dunkel, his recent performance at the Tournament of Champions shows that he can be in contention with his skill to sink putts. 

One surprising pick to place within the top 20 is Kevin Na (+130 DraftKings). Na also tied for 13th with Matsuyama in the last event, showing that he too can land birdie opportunities. 

Potential Winning Pick 

Sung-jae Im (+1600 DraftKings) has started off the new golf season with four consecutive top 20 finishes. His recent T8 performance at the Tournament of Champions, even with an impressive -24 score, was just short of a victory. 

With his recent play in Hawaii and the hot start to the season, he has a great opportunity to close out this event with a win. Do not be surprised if he lands a top-five finish.

Prop Picks

Top 10 Finish: Hideki Matsuyama (+250)

With Bryson DeChambeau withdrawing from the tournament, Masters champ Matsuyama is now the headliner in Oahu. He’s won as recently as last October at the Zozo Championship and warmed up with a tie for 13th at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Rated No. 3 in this week’s Dunkel Index, take Matsuyama (+250) to be on the leaderboard all weekend and finish in the Top 10.

Top 20 Finish: Kevin Na (+130)

Na tamed the Waialae Country Club last year and finished with a final-round 67 for a one-shot victory over Joaquin Niemann and Chris Kirk.

Rated No. 4 in this week’s Dunkel Index, take the defending champion (+130) to have another strong tournament and finish in the Top 20.

Head-To-Head: Talor Gooch (-130) Over Harris English

Gooch earned his first Tour win last year at the RSM Classic while also becoming just the seventh player in the last four years to hold a 54-hole lead and shoot 64 or lower to win.

It was also an event that English failed to make the cut. Gooch got the better of English again last week with a 15th place finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, while English finished 30th.

With Gooch rated No. 2 in this week’s Dunkel Index and English rated No. 7, go with the former Oklahoma State standout (-130) to finish ahead of English again this week.

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