The 2022 PGA Tour year moves across to the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, a track used for over fifty years on the PGA Tour. A short fiddly par 70 track that is often at the mercy of the elements with Justin Thomas the record holder at 27 under par in 2017 while Cameron Smith won in 2020 at only 11 under par. The Bermuda Grass greens mean several strong correlations on the PGA Tour as well as previous course forms to help uncover this week’s winner.
2022 Sony Open
January 13th to 16th, 2022 at Waialae Country Club
Par 70, 7044 yards
Back Kevin to Kisner the Sony Open Trophy
To pardon an old English expression, this week’s selection of Kevin Kisner is the ‘bleeding obvious’ at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Three times in the last six years Kisner has produced top 5 finishes in this week’s event and on two of those occasions he came here on the back of a solid Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Last week, Kisner produced another solid Sentry Tournament of Champions it was his best when finishing 8th, beating his 9th on debut at Kapalua in 2016. Kapalua doesn’t suit Kisner as much as Waialae Country Club where his lack of distance isn’t exposed.
It’s also fair to add that this week’s Bermuda Grass greens are his preferred surface and it’s only a few months ago that he won the Wyndham Championship on the surface. Kisner is a no-frills tough sort who can get the job done on any given Sunday and the thirty-seven-year-old from South Carolina could still be reaching his peak in the sport despite already bagging four PGA Tour titles.
This week looks like a perfect one to support Kevin Kisner with his course and current form marrying up perfectly so take the +3500 with GTbets.
Always Trust Charles Howell at Waialae
Waialae Country Club is one of the most tricky tracks on the PGA Tour, an acquired taste for many course specialists over the years. One such course specialist, Jerry Kelly is now out of the frame and on the Champions Tour, while the other notable one of over twenty years, Charles Howell III is still only forty-two years of age.
A debut 4th here in 2002 served notice that he may like the course but even then, no one could have predicted that he would bag fifteen top 20 finishes in the next twenty successive seasons. Yes, that’s the most remarkable strike rate of 75% over twenty years and I pride myself that I’ve backed him on all but the first occasion in this market.
I’ve also backed him in the Top 10 and Top 5 market to smaller stakes on most of those occasions and he’s yielded so much profit given 50% of the time he’s made the top 10, seven times the top 5. Yes, he’s getting older, but his last start of 2021 saw Howell 16th at The RSM Classic and that’s all the encouragement we need to follow him in this week.
After last week’s Banker, Matt Jones took top 20 monies follow Charles Howell III to make it a phenomenal sixteen top 20 finishes in 21 years at the Waialae Country Club with BetOnline.
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