The Sony Open is ready to kick off at Waialae Country Club, and here is this week's one-and-done. Apologies for the late posting. For those that follow me on Twitter, you probably picked up on my travels from South Carolina to Phoenix for the National Championship game.
As stated in my Rotoworld preview, I'm a big believer in course history this week. As such, names that pop up in the OAD include Jimmy Walker, Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar and Russell Henley. For the record, I would endorse any of those.
I almost pulled the trigger with Charles Howell III, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. It's dangerous to use feel when making any type of pick, but that's what it came down to for me with the remaining three. It's hard to see Jimmy Walker winning three of these in a row. Matt Kuchar's course history is very attractive, and course history matters at Sony, but he's also usually fresh off a warm up at Kapalua. That wasn't the case this week.
I'm going with Russell Henley. He ended 2015 in good form and I really like his trend at the Sony Open. It was almost predictable that he would follow up his 2013 win with a bit of a letdown in his first ever title defense. He delivered on that expectation with a T57 in 2014. His T17 in 2015 established him as a course horse here and has him trending for a big week. It's a quiet trend, which I like even more.
Don't forget that Henley's background has him performing very well on par 70 layouts, due in part to a long history of par 4 scoring strength.
Best of luck to all!