Last Updated: 2019-01-08
The first full-field event of 2019 is this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. It’s good to be back with these weekly DFS golf looks and it’s even better to think about warm weather and sunshine. This is a big field with 22 holdovers from last week’s Tournament of Champions. As written in my tournament preview, 14 of the last 20 Sony Open winners have played the previous week in the Tournament of Champions.
As a result, we’ll focus on some of those guys and seek out other top value-based picks that can help you in your GPPs, H2Hs, and 50/50s in the golf DFS world for this weekend’s event.
Brian Harman ($7,900) – We’ll start with a guy that wasn’t on hand last week at Kapalua, but has played very well in this event. That player is Brian Harman. Harman has played 14 of his last 16 rounds at Waialae under par, including a 64-63 start last year. Unfortunately he faded over the weekend, but still finished tied for fourth. That was his fourth straight top-20 finish in this event over the last four years. Not only is Harman a safe pick, but he’s also a guy that has the skill and wherewithal to elevate his game and compete with the top of this field. He got off to a slow start on the fall swing, but now the holidays are in the past and he’s going to a course where he has had very good form.
Charles Howell III ($8,900) – For those that are new to this article, this will be a rare instance of taking a big price on the board. For those that are back around for another season, welcome back. You know that I like to focus on good value options to fill out a roster after you’ve taken up a good chunk of your salary cap, but it is really hard to pass on Charles Howell III this week. Howell has played 19 straight rounds in the 60s at Waialae. He won the RSM Classic to gain entry to the Tournament of Champions and struggled in the first round, but played well the rest of the way. He played well off the tee, but had some putting problems. Judging by his recent Sony Open play, he likes those greens.
Pat Perez ($7,700) – We don’t have a ton of course form data for Pat Perez at Waialae, but he has proven to be a solid coastal player in his career. He won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba back in 2015 and was sixth there during the fall swing. He was third in the Tournament of Champions in 2017 and has a top-five to his name at Pebble Beach. A lot of older players seem to do well in these vacation destination types of events and wind up being pretty good wind players. Perez is certainly a long shot to win, but as far as picking up some points with a top-10 or top-15 finish, you could do a lot worse than a guy who feels comfortable on courses like this at a very good price. He was eighth here in 2014 and 17th in 2015.
Ian Poulter ($7,800) – I gave some thought to including Russell Knox in here, who has finished 10th and 11th the last two years at Waialae, but opted for Ian Poulter instead. This course is rather unique in that it has all the hallmarks of coastal courses, but some of the interior holes that are away from the water have links elements to them. That should bode well for Poulter, who played really well at the Tournament of Champions. He was tied for the lead in GIR and just missed a top-15 finish. Poulter found something partway through 2018 and seems to have carried it over to the new season with two top-20 finishes and a 21st at the WGC event.
Chez Reavie ($7,600) – Chez Reavie has been a pretty popular pick in these DFS golf articles since I started doing them. He’s a really safe player that regularly finds himself in the top 25, which actually describes his play in this event. Reavie tied for 18th last year, finished tied for eighth in 2017, was 42nd in 2016, and 26th in 2015. Reavie isn’t a huge hitter and there isn’t anything flashy about what he does, but with a 36-hole cut and a 54-hole cut, you definitely want to find guys that can play out the entire tournament and Reavie should be one of those guys.
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