Cameron Smith earned his second PGA Tour victory last January by beating Brendon Steele in a playoff at the Sony Open, and looks to defend his title at the 2021 Sony Open starting Thursday at scenic Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The first Sony Open tee times come at 12:10 p.m. ET. Ranked No. 29 in the world, Smith won in Hawaii last year by birdieing the 72nd hole in regulation and the first playoff hole as well. Should Smith be a part of your PGA DFS lineups in the first full-field event of 2021, or should you consider former major champions like Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott and Webb Simpson for your PGA DFS picks?
At $9,600 on DraftKings and $10,700 on FanDuel, including Smith on your PGA DFS lineups means you have to work within your remaining budget to compete a team from the 2021 Sony Open PGA DFS player pool. Should Smith be a component of your PGA DFS strategy, or should you look elsewhere when finalizing your PGA DFS picks? Before you enter any PGA DFS tournaments or cash games for the Sony Open 2021, you'll want to see the top PGA DFS picks, advice and player pool from SportsLine's Mike McClure.
McClure is a DFS pro with nearly $2 million in career winnings, and he's been red-hot on his PGA Tour picks this season. McClure is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every tournament 10,000 times, taking factors like statistical trends, past results and current form into account. This allows him to find the best PGA DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They're a must-see for any PGA DFS player.
In addition, McClure's model is up over $13,500 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.
In the final standard PGA event of 2020, McClure nailed Viktor Hovland's win at +2500 in his best bets. That was one of many huge calls he made last year. After nailing Sergio Garcia (+5500) finishing on top of the leaderboard at the Sanderson Farms Championship, McClure finished up over $6,200 yet again on his best bets. The model had him in the top five from the start and McClure's best bets included Garcia winning outright. Those who followed that advice saw a massive +5500 return.
He also finished profitable at the U.S. Open, nailing two of his best bets, including a +1100 top-five bet on Matthew Wolff. McClure hit a top-five bet (+1200) on Doc Redman at the Wyndham Championship, finishing up over $700 on his best bets. Those are just some of his recent big returns. In all, the advanced computer model has also nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend.
Now, McClure has set his sights on this week's event and revealed his optimal PGA DFS advice, strategy and player pool. Head to SportsLine now to see his top daily Fantasy golf picks for the 2021 Sony Open.
Top 2021 Sony Open PGA DFS picks
One of McClure's top PGA DFS picks for the Sony Open 2021: Sergio Garcia at $8,300 on DraftKings and $10,000 on FanDuel.
Garcia is a long ball hitter who averages 310.2 yards per drive, which ranks 14th on the PGA Tour. Garcia's ability to drive the ball deep into the fairway allows him to use his short irons to approach the green. That lethal combination has helped him hit over 70 percent of greens in regulation this season, which has resulted in 89 birdies in just 22 rounds. Garcia is a complete steal at this price point, so lock him in your PGA DFS lineups and look for a big return at Waialae Country Club.
McClure's optimal PGA DFS strategy also includes rostering Jason Kokrak at $7,700 on DraftKings and $9,600 on FanDuel. The 25th-ranked player in the world, Kokrak is No. 10 on the FedEx Cup points list after winning The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek for his first PGA Tour title.
The 35-year-old Kokrak took his time getting to the winner's circle, claiming the CJ Cup in his 233rd career PGA Tour start. Kokrak has played Waialae Country Club five times in his career, finishing 17th in the 2015 Sony Open and 20th in the 2014 Sony Open -- and only has two rounds over par in Honolulu. Kokrak's game makes him a great pick at this price point, so you should lock him in your PGA DFS lineups for a big return at the 2021 Sony Open.
How to set your 2021 Sony Open PGA DFS lineups
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who's primed to blow up this week, giving you a huge return on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your PGA DFS contests or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So what are the top PGA DFS picks for the 2021 Sony Open? And which undervalued golfer is a must-roster? Visit SportsLine now to see the complete player pool for FanDuel and DraftKings, all from the expert who's made nearly $2 million in daily fantasy sports, to find out.