The Sleeper Report: Fantasy Golf Sleepers, Long Shots, and Undervalued Picks for the 2017 Sony Open
The 2017 Sony Open Sleeper Preview
The PGA TOUR will remain in beautiful Hawaii for the next leg of the season and the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The event has been a mainstay during the winter months since the early 1970’s and was first established as a stop for the players in 1965.
A par-70, 7,044-yard setting has allowed for some big names to win over the last decade and once again a solid group will be making their way to Honolulu thanks to the Tournament of Champions just coming to a conclusion. Of those players, 22 will be making a start at the Sony Open, making this early-season tournament a must watch.
The big draw will be 23-year-old Jordan Spieth who is the top player out of the Official World Golf Rankings at No. 5. He comes in on the heels of a tie for third at the Tournament of Champions and two victories last season.
Two-time champion, Jimmy Walker, will also be making another start here after putting together his first win in 2014 with a score of 17-under-par, defeating runner-up Chris Kirk by a single stroke. He then joined Ernie Els (2003, 2004), Corey Pavin (1986, 1987), and Hubert Green (1978, 1979) as the fourth back-to-back champion with a nine-shot win over runner-up Scott Piercy; nearly matching the tournament record with 23 strokes under par. Another six players from the top-25, including Hideki Matsuyama, will be in attendance along with defending champion Fabian Gomez.
Gomez was able to earn his second career PGA TOUR victory in a wild final day which saw him gain four strokes on Saturday leader Brandt Snedeker and force a playoff. Accomplishing this was no easy feat as the Argentinean pounded in seven consecutive birdies on his way to a Sunday 62. He then brought his big day into a playoff with the aforementioned Snedeker where he proceeded to get his 11th birdie of the round on the second extra hole and take home the trophy. His score of 20-under marked the third time in the past four years that the victor was able to get to at least that number and with the big names headlining the entrants list in the coming week; it would not be out of the question to see another low score.
Gomez is the perfect example of a sleeper coming through in an early season outing such as this one even though there is more elite talent out there than a typical winter event. Below are some names that we believe could come out this week and make a splash despite their less than stellar odds out of Vegas.
The 2017 Sony Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
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