2019 Sony Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
The new calendar year might only just be creaking into life, but already we have seen a round of golf worthy of any end-of-year awards.
A 62 might not sound overwhelmingly impressive, but when you consider it was made at a Par 73 layout we can safely say that Xander Schauffele delivered something monumentally impressive on Sunday at the Tournament of Champions.
It secured him his fourth title in 18 months, which combined with some success on the European Tour and a bevy of strong showings in majors confirms the youngster, ranked sixth in the world now, truly is one of the best in the game.
Xander Schauffele of the United States celebrates with the trophy after winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 6, 2019 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Schauffele will head off for a well-earned break but the PGA TOUR sticks around in Hawaii for another week. The Sony Open has been a mainstay of the Tour for more than 50 years, and the players simply love coming back to Waialae, a slice of Hawaiian paradise.
The conditions this week could be more dream-like than ever, with minimal winds according to the early forecast backed potentially by some rain on Wednesday; who doesn’t enjoy breeze-free ball striking and soft greens to land on.
The wind is actually a key defense for this course, because when it doesn’t blow all hell can break loose; Justin Thomas won this event at a canter in -27 back in 2017.
Otherwise, it’s all about peppering these small Bermuda greens with precision approaches before making some putts; shoot low or go home is the message at Waialae.
And this track is an all-inclusive affair too, with even short hitters like Fabian Gomez, K.J. Choi and David Toms having enough in the locker to get over the finishing line.
That might make this week’s Sony Open sound like something of a free-for-all, and with an eclectic rollcall of former winners here there may be an element of truth to that. Fabian Gomez, the 2016 champion, was backed at Vegas odds of 500/1!
And so sleeper-based punters have plenty to be excited about ahead of Thursday’s first tee. With that said, let’s get to our picks:
The The Sony OpenFantasy Sleeper Report
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2018-2019)
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