Betting Preview for the 2021 Sony Open With Odds, Predictions, and Best Bets

| January 11, 2021 10:57 am PDT

Patrick Reed failed to deliver the goods in Maui, but a top-5 from Xander Schauffele and a top-10 from Harris English made it a profitable week overall. Here I’ll try to pinpoint some more winning bets with a series of Sony Open predictions.

Let’s start with the tournament odds. The betting sheet is headed by a large contingent of Sentry TOC participants.

2021 Sony Open Odds

Webby was installed as low as +1100 at several of the best places to bet sports online. However, it’s a bit more bunched at XBet (reflected above), with five golfers priced between +1400 and +1600.

No matter who intrigues you this week in Honolulu, be sure to shop your lines across all of the best sportsbooks before you lock anything in. Taking advantage of price discrepancies can be the centerpiece of your success.

A Quick Glance at Past Results at the Sony Open

The further you go back, the more “plotters” you’ll see in the Sony Open in Hawaii record books. In fact, Justin Thomas (2017) is the only bomber to win this event since Vijay Singh hoisted the hardware here back in 2005.

Winners in Waialae since 2006
Year Winner Final Score Winning Margin
2020 Cameron Smith 269 (-11) Playoff
2019 Matt Kuchar 258 (-22) 4
2018 Patton Kizzire 263 (-17) Playoff
2017 Justin Thomas 253 (-27) 7
2016 Fabian Gomez 260 (-20) Playoff
2015 Jimmy Walker 257 (-23) 9
2014 Jimmy Walker 263 (-17) 1
2013 Russell Henley 256 (-24) 3
2012 Johnson Wagner 267 (-13) 2
2011 Mark Wilson 264 (-16) 2
2010 Ryan Palmer 265 (-15) 1
2009 Zach Johnson 265 (-15) 2
2010 K.J. Choi 266 (-14) 3
2007 Paul Goydos 266 (-14) 1
2006 David Toms 261 (-19) 5


The par-70 layout at Waialae Country Club is a much different test than what the rolling landscape at the Plantation Course at Kapalua presented. Waialae CC measures a shade over 7,000 yards and features just two par-5s.

The link below offers more details about this week’s venue.

2021 Sony Open Pick to Win

Abraham Ancer asserted himself nicely in Maui at a golf course that doesn’t exactly suit his eye. Despite a slow start over the first two rounds at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Ancer made just one bogey over his final 40 holes and arrives at the Sony Open with all sorts of momentum.

Transitioning to a shot-makers paradise that places more of a premium on driving accuracy should be right up Abe’s alley. The “point-and-shoot” mentality will allow his skill set to shine.

It’s pretty simple at Waialae – the recipe for low scores is hit fairways and hole putts. Well, last week, Ancer clocked in 2nd in driving accuracy and 3rd in SG: Putting.

  • Abraham Ancer

Best Bets for the Sony Open

Abraham Ancer doesn’t have to carry the entire burden this week. There are lots of ways to make money on the action in the Aloha State.

Take these two Sony Open picks, for example.

Brendon Todd to Finish Top 10

Toting the similar strengths that Abraham Ancer possesses, Brendon Todd is a machine when he’s on. And right now, he’s rounding into peak form.

As expected, The Georgia product finished dead last in driving distance and ranked 41 out of 42 golfers in SG: Off-the-Tee. Then again, when you stand out in every other facet, you wind up producing just four bogeys all week and find yourself T13 on the leaderboard. Shifting gears to Waialae Country Club, look for Todd’s stellar play to continue.

Charles Howell III to Finish Top 20

Death, taxes, and “Chucky Three Sticks” playing well in Honolulu. Any other certainties in life you want to go over?

In all seriousness, Charles Howell III has played in every edition of the Sony Open since 2002. He’s 19-19 in cuts made with 10 top 10s. Two of those are runner-up finishes, two are thirds, and he finished 12th here last year.

Any more questions? 

Stay tuned for additional predictions for the Sony Open in Hawaii. My top DFS picks can be found here.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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