Updated: Jan 7
A decent start to the year with Patrick Reed finishing second in Kapalua, although I can’t help but think that he should have won on one of the first two play-off holes. Justin Thomas, who we highlighted as a likely winner although no value, looked like he had thrown it away in regular play but recovered to see off Reed and Schauffele.
Sony Open Honolulu Hawaii
Matt Kuchar will defend his title at the Waialae golf club, having won by four shots last year from Andrew Putnam. He played well enough last week at Kapalua but didn’t look a winner waiting to happen, even at the 25/1 available. Some people like to follow players who have won on a course before, so Kuchar still has to enter calculations. Twelve of the last fourteen winners were Americans, so last week’s first and second, Thomas and Reed are logical places to start, but Thomas is around 5/1 again in a much bigger field, if not any stronger, and Reed only 12/1, and he looked a little unnerved with the crowd heckling him. Thomas is a previous winner and course record holder so even at the price, he cannot be ruled out.