GolfMagic Editor Andy Roberts is favouring a South Korean duo, while Tour writer Matt Chivers has opted for an American duo, one of which has tasted success in the Sony Open before albeit a while ago now.
Check out their picks in more detail by scrolling below, or watch the video below and skip to the end to check out their picks:
GolfMagic Picks for the Sony Open
Andy Roberts, GolfMagic Editor
PICK #1: TOM KIM – 12/1
He’s never played in the Sony Open before but who cares, right?
Tom Kim is going to become a World No.1 one day, mark my words.
This kid is special. Really special.
He didn’t even have a PGA Tour card at the start of last year. Now he’s one of the best players in the world.
Even at the age of just 20, Kim lines up in the Sony Open this week as the 12/1 tournament favourite having won twice in the last five months.
He’s 1-25-11-4-10-5 in his last six starts on the PGA Tour so arrives here in fantastic form, and he’s also now the highest ranked player in the field at World No.14, just one spot ahead of Jordan Spieth who is also in the field.
Kim has it all. He’s a superb ball striker, has a deft touch around the greens and possesses a putting stroke that stands up to pressure, reflected none better than his epic showing at the recent Presidents Cup.
He will need all that Wai’alae Country Club this week, but I am expecting another big performance.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 11, 2022
PICK #2: SUNGJAE IM – 14/1
For my second pick, I’m going for Kim’s South Korean compatriot Sungjae Im.
A missed cut here last year could be some cause for concern but I just feel like Im is going to land the PGA Tour hat-trick sooner rather than later.
And with a relatively weakened field this week, albeit without some of the big boys such as Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, I just feel like the door is wide open for Im this week if he can put it all together.
Im has finished 8th and 13th in his last two competitive starts, so is in a bit of form right now.
Of my two picks, I definitely prefer the chances of Kim, but I think Im will go close.
Matt, over to you…
Matt Chivers, Tour writer
RUSSELL HENLEY – 22/1
I’m actually quite surprised Russell Henley is as short as he is this week, but it just goes to show how well he’s been playing of late.
But more the fact he’s playing in the Sony Open.
Henley quite frankly loves it here having won the first of his four PGA Tour titles at the 2013 Sony Open, and to boost that form even more he finished second here 12 months ago behind Hideki Matsuyama.
Henley also won recently at Mayakoba so clearly has the competitive juices flowing right now, and returning to a course he adores, that will do for me.
Have I sold his chances any better?
KEITH MITCHELL – 40/1
A bit of an outside play this week to try and find you some each-way value, and I’m looking at Keith Mitchell.
Rory McIlroy recently labelled Mitchell as one of the more underrated players on the PGA Tour, so clearly this guy has game.
He’s not done a great deal of late, but he is a one-time winner on the PGA Tour having won the 2019 Honda Classic at one of the toughest venues in world golf at PGA National.
Mitchell finished tied seventh here last year so I like that bit of form, and as Andy alludes to above, this isn’t the strongest field you will ever see on the PGA Tour.
At the prices, Mitchell could certainly squeeze his way into a place, and who knows, might even etch his name on the trophy come Sunday night.
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