Golf Glance: Sony Open preview and best bets

1/12/2021 5:20:58 PM EST

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: Sentry Tournament of Champions (Harris English)
THIS WEEK: Sony Open, Jan. 14-17
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hi (Par 70, 7,044 yards)
Purse: $6.7 million (Winner: $1.34M)
Defending Champion: Cameron Smith
FedEx Cup leader: Dustin Johnson
How To Watch: Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m. ET; Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (All times Golf Channel).
NOTES: The 144-player field features 10 of the top 25 players in the official world golf rankings, including 32 of the 42 players who teed it up in last week's Sentry Tournament of Champions. ... Jhonattan Vegas withdrew on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by Seamus Power. ... Takumi Kanaya, who turned pro last year and has since won on the Japan Tour, is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... Waialae Country Club has played host to the tournament every year since 1965. ... Former Hawaii state champion Evan Kawai will make his PGA Tour debut after winning a qualifier in November. ... Smith won last year's tournament at 11-under after being 4-over par through his first two holes for his first individual PGA Tour title. He seeking to become the first player to successfully defend a Sony Open title since Jimmy Walker in 2014-15. Smith posted the highest winning score at the event since 2012 after defeating Brendan Steele in a playoff.
BEST BETS: No. 8 Webb Simpson (+1100 at DraftKings) finished third last year after narrowly missing out on the playoff. He finished 17th last week despite flying to Hawaii the day before the event start after recovering from COVID-19. ... English (+1300) is a career-high 17th in the world coming off last week's win and has six top-10s in his past 10 starts. ... Collin Morikawa (+1500) is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5. He has several family members on the islands he visited growing up and finished T21 in his event debut last year. ... Charles Howell has two runner-ups and two third-place finishes among 10 top-10 finishes in 19 starts at Waialae. He offers long shot odds at +6600. ... Sungjae Im (+1850) is coming off a T5 last week where he led the field with 2.38 strokes gained tee-to-green. ... Joaquin Niemann (+2800) lost in a playoff at the TOC. He finished T57 in last year's Sony Open but is an excellent iron player who should be well-suited to the narrow and relatively flat Waialae layout. ... Marc Leishman (+6600) finished third in the 2019 Sony Open and has seven top-10s between January and March over the past three years.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: The American Express, La Quinta, Calif.

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: CME Group Tour Championship (Jin Young Ko)
THIS WEEK: OFF
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 21-24

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Kevin Sutherland)
THIS WEEK: OFF
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Jan. 21-23

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NFL

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 03:10:51 EST Reports: WFT to hire NFL's first full-time Black woman assistant coach
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:12:54 EST Falcons hire Dean Pees as DC, Dave Ragone as OC
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:57:44 EST Vikings OC Gary Kubiak announces retirement
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:24:34 EST New Lions coach Dan Campbell promises gore
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:51:35 EST Patrick Mahomes practices, remains in concussion protocol
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:46:54 EST Jets tab Jeff Ulbrich as defensive coordinator
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:42:03 EST Rams hire Raheem Morris as defensive coordinator
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:27:37 EST Report: Eagles to name Nick Sirianni as head coach
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:56:15 EST Former Packers GM Ted Thompson dies at 68
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:59:20 EST QB Dwayne Haskins agrees to one-year deal with Steelers

MLB

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:48:26 EST Former Giants C Mike Sadek dies at 74
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:35:27 EST Reports: Astros sign C Jason Castro to 2-year, $7M deal
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:30:25 EST Reports: Twins, J.A. Happ agree to 1-year, $8M deal
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 13:10:58 EST Royals sign RHP Wade Davis to minor-league deal
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:26:03 EST Reports: Michael Brantley deal with Blue Jays not done
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:59:42 EST Reports: Angels ink starter Quintana to one-year deal
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:31:47 EST Report: Jays land George Springer on 6-year, $150M deal
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:39:13 EST Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:40:43 EST Mets fire GM Jared Porter over explicit text messages to reporter
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:39:57 EST Report: New Mets GM admits sending lewd texts to journalist

NBA

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:41:57 EST Knicks aim for NorCal sweep at Sacramento
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:47:22 EST NBA roundup: Jazz push win streak to seven
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:13:07 EST Jazz down Pelicans, run win streak to seven
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:40:50 EST Knicks get off to fast start in victory over Warriors
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 23:11:20 EST Reports: Rockets acquire Kevin Porter Jr. from Cavs
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:52:43 EST LeBron James pours in 34 as Lakers beat Bucks
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:04:47 EST Clippers aim to extend winning streak vs. Thunder
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:39:11 EST Nikola Jokic, Nuggets ready for rematch vs. Suns
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:23:08 EST Mavericks, Spurs meet for first time this season
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:52:27 EST Raptors hope to raise tempo vs. Heat

NHL

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:51:19 EST Avalanche seek third-period solutions in Anaheim
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:39:38 EST NHL roundup: Lightning remain perfect with OT win
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:24:02 EST Kings top Avalanche for first win of season
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:39:12 EST Tyler Toffoli continues scoring spree as Habs rout Canucks
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:17:01 EST Jets score 4 to take down Senators again
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:59:55 EST Lightning trip up Blue Jackets in OT, stay unbeaten
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:49:20 EST Jordan Eberle scores twice as Islanders down Devils
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:03:44 EST Jake DeBrusk scores in shootout as Bruins edge Flyers
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:27:38 EST Canucks place veteran D Travis Hamonic on IR
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:53:38 EST Coyotes look to even series score vs. Golden Knights