2012 Sony Open Golf Betting
The 2012 Sony Open PGA golf tournament at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii is scheduled for January 12 – 15, 2012. Mark Wilson is the defending champion, and many expect him to play well again this year. Other popular picks include David Toms, Steve Stricker, Steve Marino, and Charles Howell III.
Where to Bet on the 2012 Sony Open
Golf odds come and go during play, and a wide variety of betting options are available. Bettors can wager on the overall champion, player matchups, and a variety of props. Check out the sites below for betting on the 2012 Sony Open.
2012 Sony Open Betting Odds
Below is an automatically updated odds feed from the Bovada Sportsbook (formerly known as Bodog in the US). Bovada only accepts US bettors. If you live outside the US and would like to bet on the 2012 Sony Open, try Bet365 or BetOnline instead.
Below is our article for the 2011 Sony Open. Mark Wilson won the tournament, We’re leaving it posted for reference.
This year will feature 26 newcomers as well as big names such as Steve Stricker, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk (last year’s Fed Ex Cup winner), Matt Kuchar, and defending champion Ryan Palmer.
Latest Sony Open Betting Lines
Below are the odds for some of the outright winners. Each of these online sportsbooks also offer matchup bets and various prop bets for the 2011 Sony Open. These betting lines are current as of Thursday morning at 2:25 am EST. For the latest Sony Open odds, click on any of the sportsbook links below.
*This tournament is over, so the odds have been removed. See above for current Sony Open odds.
Sony Open Golf Tournament
Contenders could come from any of the top players from last week’s Tournament of Champions event in Kapalua including winner Jonathan Byrd, 2010 Sony Open runner-up Robert Allenby, VJ Singh or sentimental favorite Davis Love III. Former Master’s Champion Zach Johnson withdrew on Wednesday citing personal reasons. The rookies include 11 players who have never participated in a PGA event so watch for crazy scores and leaderboard changes on Thursday and Friday.
The Waialae Country Club has hosted PGA Tour events for 45 years. The Seth Raynor designed course is a par 70 that plays 7,068 yards and is known for its numerous doglegs. Precision will be a key as blustery trade winds and frequent showers make the course’s natural obstacles even harder to navigate. The forecast calls for 70% chance of rain on the opening day with the rest of the rounds to include scattered showers. This might soften the lightning fast greens a bit and allow for lower scores depending on the winds.
Ernie Els is one of three back-to-back winners ever in the Sony Open so odds are not good for Ryan Palmer. Els won in 2003-04 but before him Hubert Green won in the late 70’s and Corey Pavin accomplished the feat in the mid 1980’s. Els indicated he will curtail some of his European Tour appearances to focus more on the 2011 US PGA tour events, but don’t look for him among the leaders this weekend. His game, by his standards hasn’t been sharp, and Hawaii is a tune-up for bigger events later on such as Pebble Beach.
The rookies to watch include Jaime Lovemark, the Nationwide Tour Champion last season, Keegan Bradley, the nephew of LPGA star Pat Bradley and Kevin Chappell another Nationwide Tour star from 2010. Expect them to garner some media attention but not be around for the final pairings on Sunday.
One player to watch is Charles Howell III who has had top ten finishes here almost every time he’s played. His best result was in 2007 when he tied for second. Last year, he was around on Sunday but faded behind Allenby and Palmer to tie for fifth.
Sony Open Prediction & Betting Odds
Picking the winner is a complete roll of the dice but Howell III has been close so many times that this year could be his time to shine in the Hawaii sun. BetOnline.com has the best odds for Howell, listed at 25/1. A $100 bet could be a $2500 win.