Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii
There’s no shortage of talent among the pool of players competing at the 2021 Sony Open. Webb Simpson and Collin Morikawa headline a stellar field that also includes last week’s champ, Harris English.
In all, 30 of 42 who teed it up in Maui have made the short journey to Honolulu to take part in this week’s event.
Those of you firing lineups into the GPPs on DraftKings, that’s where this post comes in handy.
Here comes a six-pack of Sony Open DFS picks.
Abraham Ancer – $9,400
Abraham Ancer figures to be a good bet to perform well at this par-70 layout designed by Seth Raynor. Coming off a bogey-free 66 (-7) Sunday in Maui, Ancer’s looking like a lock to get into contention.
Talk about a guy who has evolved into an ultra-dependable player, forget about 13th-12th-17th over his last three starts. How about one missed cut since October of 2019!
Sergio Garcia – $8,300
- 1st in SG: Around-the-Green
- 2nd in SG: Off-the-Tee
- 4th in SG: Tee-to-Green
- 4th in Scrambling
- 6th in Driving Distance
These aren’t Sergio Garcia’s stats during the prime of his career – these are his numbers last week in Kapalua. Garcia is a masterful striker who can confidently move his ball left, right, high, or low. And while Sergio’s putting has been sketchy at times, he managed to make 23 birdies and 2 eagles across 72 holes at the Plantation Course.
At just $8,3000, I’ve got Garcia inked in as one of my top DFS picks for the Sony Open.
Brendon Todd – $8,200
With an average poke of just 249.9 yards (42nd out of 42 golfers) at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, it would have reasonable had Brendon Todd finished at or near the bottom of the leaderboard.
However, pristine chipping and putting enabled Todd to register four sporty rounds en route to posting a top-15 finish. Now Brendon makes the move to a shorter golf course that screams “great course fit.” T21 here in 2020.
Brendon Todd was 4th in fairways last week with 86.7%, yet he was dead last in strokes-gained off-the-tee, losing five strokes. 11 to Bryson.— Ben Coley (@BenColeyGolf) January 11, 2021
Todd was 3rd in fairways last year at Sony with 78.6%. He ranked 17th SG: OTT, gaining 1.8 strokes.
A neat summary of Kapalua to Waialae
Charles Howell III – $8,000
Nobody has a more sparkling record at Waialae Country Club than Charles Howell III.
Charles Howell III career at @SonyOpenHawaii –— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) January 11, 2021
19 made cuts
$2.95M earned (0 wins)
Best score to par of any player there the last 5 years (-58).
Whether it’s the water in Honolulu or something about the golf course, Howell is as close to a “sure thing” at this event as it gets.
You don’t even have to look at his recent form at this price tag – just go ahead, and pencil Charles in as one of your Sony Open DFS picks.
Marc Leishman – $7,900
Like Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman’s game log at the Sony Open in Hawaii is dazzling. 11-11 here with three top-10s, plus he played last week at the Sentry TOC.
Why is that important?
Seven of the last nine winners in Honolulu came directly from Maui.
To piggyback on Marc’s affinity for the Aloha State, Leishman is a whopping 82-under-par in Hawaii since 2017. Only Justin Thomas is more under par during that stretch.
Sebastian Munoz – $7,800
Why Sebastian Munoz is only $7,800 on DK is beyond me, but let me shed light on the value he presents.
- T10 in his debut at the Sony Open (2019)
- 8th in the 2019-20 FedEx Cup Standings
- 27th or better in 9 of last 12 starts
- -18 over his final 54 holes last week
Munoz has a ways to go before his name is recognized in households across the states, but he’s a distinguished name on the PGA Tour who continues to improve. In fact, Sebastian is already ranked ahead (according to OWGR) of the likes of Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson.
My 2021 Sony Open DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Abraham Ancer $9,400
- Sergio Garcia $8,300
- Brendon Todd $8,200
- Charles Howell III $8,000
- Marc Leishman $7,900
- Sebastian Munoz $7,800
Fading the eight most-expensive names this week is one way to differentiate. Leaving $400 on the table is another, and rostering five guys at a similar price point is a third.
So yeah, these DFS picks for the Sony Open should be able to stand out even in the large-field GPPs.
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