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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: Sony Open

Twofer Tuesday makes the short hop from Maui to Honolulu for the Sony Open.

Defending champion Cameron Smith

Waialae Country Club, the course with the big palm tree W, is a much shorter track than last week's Plantation Course but still offers players all they can handle. That's especially true when the trade winds pick up, as they did last year. Things should be much calmer this year, however, and that means we could see all kinds of fireworks.

Defending champion Cameron Smith leads the field. Waialae is a course where anybody can win if they can position themselves well during their round, so I'm looking for course managers this week.

  • My first pick is Collin Morikawa. Waialae is yet another course that requires some familiarity in order to score well, and last year was his first attempt. He still managed to finish T21. As well as he has played over the last few months, I think he'll finish much higher this year.
  • And I'm hoping to ride some momentum with Joaquin Niemann. He too has played well over the last few months and he made it into a playoff at the Sentry last week. His ability to place shots in tight areas, coupled with his putting skills, should put him in contention again this week.

We get more prime time golf this week, with GC's live coverage beginning Thursday at 7pm ET. And as I said last week, it's hard to go wrong looking at Hawaii when the weather is less desirable here on the mainland.

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