PGA Tour Expert Picks: Sony Open

Chris Kirk is looking for his second win of the 2013-2014 season. (Getty Images)
Chris Kirk is looking for his second win of the 2013-2014 season. (Getty Images)

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The Hawaii mini-swing finishes up this weekend in Honolulu with the Sony Open. Then it's off to Arizona before Tiger Woods' debut at Torrey Pines in three weeks.

Here's a little Q&A on what to expect from this week's event.

What is it?

The Sony Open is the eighth tournament of the 2013-2014 season but just the second of the year 2014. It's a third-tier tournament with a few stars but not a gaggle of them.

Where is it?

Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will not be cold, you will not be able to throw water in the air and have it turn to snow before it hits the ground like you can from wherever you're reading this.

When is it?

January 9-12, 2014

What is the purse?

$5.6 million

How can I watch it?

Friday, Jan. 9 - Saturday, Jan. 11 -- 7-10:30 PM on Golf Channel
Sunday, Jan. 12 -- 7-10 PM on Golf Channel

All times Eastern

Who's playing

Some notable names include Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, and Jordan Spieth.

Who are the former champions?

2013 -- Russell Henley
2012 -- Johnson Wagner
2011 -- Mark Wilson
2010 -- Ryan Palmer
2009 -- Zach Johnson 

Where's Tiger?

Tiger Woods doesn't play this tournament. Neither does Phil Mickelson.

So who are you picking?

I'm glad you asked. Here are my picks for the Sony Open (I'm 0-1 so far this year on winners, 1-1 on top 10s, and 0-1 on sleepers):


Chris Kirk (28-1) -- Not a big name in American golf...yet. Kirk finished T5 at this tournament last season and already has a win and two top 25s on the 2013-2014 season.

I can see this year being a breakout for the former Georgia Bulldog and a win in Hawaii could be a the jumping off point (plus that would mark two straight years of Georgia golfers winning with Henley taking it last season). 

Lock for top 10

Zach Johnson (10-1) -- I can't not pick him at this point. He's won his last two tournaments and won this one in 2009. He hasn't broken into the top 10 in Honolulu since that win but he's too hot to ignore right now.


Scott Langley (150-1) -- He finished T3 here last season in his first every start at Waialae (his only top 10 all season, by the way).

This course is interesting in that it's extremely bendy so you don't have to hit it a long way which is a good thing because Langley doesn't (152nd in driving distance last season).

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