The first full-field PGA Tour event of the 2022 calendar year takes place this week in Honolulu on the island of Oahu at Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open in Hawaii. Kevin Na is the defending champion, capturing his fifth Tour title by running down Chris Kirk and Joaquin Niemann over the last six holes to win by a shot at 21 under par 259.
Last week, Cameron Smith set a PGA Tour record by winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua on Maui with a score of 34 under par after dueling world number one Jon Rahm over the final 36 holes.
Smith prevailed by a shot over Rahm and by two strokes over fellow Australian Matt Jones, who came up short after firing rounds of 62 and 61 on the weekend to make a big move up the leaderboard.
The Sony Open in Hawaii is the second of two events in the state, with 23 players making the trip from Kapalua to Waialae to face a very different layout than what the Plantation Course has to offer with its dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
Waialae’s 7,044 yard, par 70 layout is mostly flat, with its main defense a group of green complexes that are tough to read and generally require a bit of experience on which to be successful.
Sony Open in Hawaii Betting Odds
Cameron Smith, not only last week’s winner but also the 2020 champion of the Sony Open in Hawaii, is the overwhelming favorite in the futures odds at +850, especially since Bryson DeChambeau withdrew on Monday following his frustrating performance last week. The next player on the list is former U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, who has finished in the top five in three of the last four Sony Opens, with odds of +1500.
Most of the favorites in the futures odds played in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which makes sense because to qualify for last week’s event, players had to win a PGA Tour event or win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics in the previous twelve months. The iron man of the PGA Tour Sungjae Im and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama are just behind Simpson in the odds at +1700.
Australian Marc Leishman, who paired with Cameron Smith to win the 2021 Zurich Classic, is at +2200 after recording top-five finishes in two of the past three Sony Opens. Defending champion Na has odds of +2900 to repeat his title along with Canadian Corey Conners.
Other players of note are current FedEx Cup point leader Talor Gooch who has odds of +3600, along with Kevin Kisner and Matt Jones, who both had impressive finishes last week.
Last year’s Sony Open runner-up Kirk has odds of +5500, the champion of the 2018 Sony Open Patton Kizzire is at +9000, 2019 winner Matt Kuchar is listed at +8000 while popular Harry Higgs is a longshot to win the Sony Open in Hawaii with odds of +16000.