The TOUR continues its Hawaiian swing this week at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. It’s the first full field event of the 2014 season, and unlike last week’s Tournament of Champions, there will be a 36 hole cut (thankfully). I always find that the no cut events make it really difficult when making your fantasy golf picks and knowing if you should be switching up your roster mid tournament.
Waialae Country Club ranked as the easiest par 70 track on the PGA TOUR last year and historically gives up some very low scores. Last year the field averaged 68.901, where rookie Russell Henley took home a 3-stroke victory over Tim Clark who again played runner up at this event (also in 2011).
A Group – Two big names highlight the A group and it’s hard not to put them both on the roster this week, especially after both having great showings at the TOC last week. I’ll start Matt Kuchar and put Adam Scott on the bench. I saved a start last week with Scott and lucked out with a decent showing from Ryan Moore. Scott is taking a six week layoff after the Sony. Kuchar notched a T6 last week, and who knows what may have been without that 75 during the 3rd round. Kuchar also has seems to like Waialae, with taking home consecutive T5′s in his last two starts there, while playing to a 66.50 stroke average.
B Group – The B group features some great names this week, all of who fared very well last week at the TOC. Zach Johnson took notched his 11th victory on TOUR with his win last week, despite not having his “A” game. Jordan Spieth continues to show us that the 20 year old has some serious game and that 2013 was not a fluke. This week I’ll start Spieth along with Jason Dufner. I had Spieth on my roster last week and never gave him the nod, instead opting to start DJ, Zach, and Webb Simpson on different days. Unfortunately I swapped out Zach for Webb on the final day and have been kicking myself ever since. This is Spieth’s first go at Waialae, but that doesn’t bother me as he has the game and confidence right now to play well anywhere. Dufner doesn’t have the greatest track record on this course, but three strong rounds in the 60s last week (solo 5th), along with his incredible ball-striking, makes me think he’s ready to turn that around.
C Group – Easy decision for the start in the C group. Tim Clark has an incredible record at Waialae with two runner-ups in his last two appearances (2011 and 2013). His 66.27 stroke average in his last 11 rounds on the track is jaw dropping.