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Nigel Seeley's three from the tee for the Sony Open

Bettingpro Staff 8 Jan 2019

Bettingpro's new expert Nigel Seeley offers his three best bets for the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Sony Open in Hawaii

The PGA Tour stays in Hawaii this week for the Sony Open which starts on Thursday from the stunning Waialae Golf Course in Honolulu.

The majority of the World's top players have decided to not participate this week, but we are still left with a  very strong line-up which it's not surprising is led by course specialist and former World number one Justin Thomas.

Thomas is the 13/2 tournament favourite with Bet365 and although backers will get a good run for their money, he is too short in the betting to interest me for a wager. Thomas won this tournament in 2017 with a record breaking score and he also finished 14th last year and sixth in 2015 and after a third place finish last week at Kapalua he is in great form and will certainly go close.

Fellow American Ryder Cup teammates Bryson DeChambeu and Jordan Spieth are next in the betting at 11/1 and 14/1 respectively and neither are worth following, but another American at the general 14/1 shot is my main tip this week.

Three From The Tee

1) Gary Woodland @ 14/1 @ Betfair 

Gary Woodland. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

GARY WOODLAND almost led from start to finish last week at Kapalua but he had to settle for the runners-up spot after a brilliant final round from Xander Schauffele saw him land the title, but in defeat Woodland did nothing wrong at all and he has the perfect opportunity to bounce back straight away at his favourite venue on the PGA Tour.

Big hitting Woodland was third her last year which was his best performance at the venue and with no worse than a 13th finish since 2015 and in some great early season form he's a confident pick to land his sixth career title and go one better than last week.

2) Kevin Kisner @ 40/1 with Unibet

Kevin Kisner. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The conditions in Hawaii this will be very windy and when looking for your selections look for the players that can handle the conditions and one player who is underrated in testing weather is KEVIN KISNER.

Kisner is a proven tour winner with eight career titles under his belt and the 34 year-old enjoys playing at this event with two top five finishes in the last three years with a third in 2017 and a fifth in 2016. Kisner has some of the best stats in the field around Waialae GC with a career scoring average of 66.42 and with a decent showing at the end of last season in blustery conditions at Sea Island he will give you a good run for your money at a big price and at 40/1 with Betfred he offers sound each-way claims.

3) Patton Kizzire @ 40/1 with Unibet 

Patton Kizzire. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

My final selection is another American and it's defending champion PATTON KIZZIRE at 45/1 with Skybet.

I tipped Kizzire last week at Kapalua at a monster 100/1 and the 32 year-old put in a real decent showing just missing out on the place in a creditable eighth place.

After winning this tournament last year the 6ft 5inch giant's gol game went AWOL, but towards the end of the season he started playing well again making three consecutive top 25 finishes and arriving as defending champion and in form will give him credit confidence of a decent defence of his title.

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