Zack Attack The Sony Open in Hawaii is the week 2 event on the PGA tour golf season 2010, where Zach Johnson goes to defend on a course that just couldn't be more suited to him. He is currently best priced 20/1 and usually, that's too low for a value pick for me but I've got to take it on Zach as I'm expecting a strong defense, especially with the new grooves in play and this course usually has deep and penal rough. Maybe he can continue the theme of back to back event winners after Ogilvy successfully defended at Kapalua last week.
Rory Sabbitini was on the radar as a good Sony Open golf betting tip this week but @ 28/1 and the aforementioned rough and new grooves, I'll have to pass at those betting odds as he isn't the straightest hitter. Instead we will look further down the list(as usual) for the bigger golf value betting opportunities, avoiding the likes of Stricker and O' Hair who should feature but are too short a price. Focus will be on accuracy this week at the Sony Open, completely the opposite to last week ...... stay tuned for Sony Open Expert Picks / betting tips .......
The Waialae Country club plays at just over 7,000 yards (par 70) and as mentioned, the premium this week will be on accuracy and ball shaping. The fairways are tight and with many doglegs, meaning players that can work the ball both ways tend to thrive. The bermuda rough is usually deep and penal and will be more so this year with the new groove regulations. Greens are small, fast and grainy.
Nic's Picks man to beat - Zach Johnson
Sony Open Value Picks
-1pt E/W Zach Johnson @ 20/1 (Boylesports) Defending champ loves the course and it sets up beautifully for him. Johnson will feel no extra pressure being the holder.
-1pt E/W Brian Gay E/W @ 40/1 (Betfred ) If it's straight hitting you're after, then Gay is your man. Tied 5th here last year.
-1pt E/W Pat Perez @ 50/1 (Betfred ) Perez finished last week really strongly and features regularly on the leaderboard down the years at the Sony open
-1.25pts Parker Mclachin Top 20 @ 12/1 (Extrabet) This is McLachlin's home course and no doubt he's been practising hard here in the close season.