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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Sony Open in Hawaii

by Josh Culp
Updated On: January 8, 2020, 11:37 am ET

Welcome to Playing the Tips! 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our fantasy staffers at Rotoworld.com. 

Page 1 is going to look at Daily Fantasy Sports picks (FanDuel, Yahoo, and DraftKings).

Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as PGATOUR.com's fantasy game. 


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Justin Thomas (12,000) - A fun trend this week involves all the recent winners of this event having played the week before at the Tournament of Champions. We shouldn't get too caught up on this but for the sake of having a little fun, let's stick with that trend when building this specific lineup. JT is the easy choice at the top. 

Ryan Palmer (7,500) - After Thomas at the top, we are going to need to save some salary. How about Palmer who is a past champ here (2010) and also played last week at Kapalua. 

Adam Long (6,800) - Long struggled to keep up off-the-tee last week but a less-than-driver should bring him back to the pack in that regard. Again, we are saving salary here. 

Lanto Griffin (7,500) - Cooled off at the end of the fall but snapped back into shape with strong showing last week at Kapalua (13th). 

Sebastian Munoz (7,900) - He won the Sanderson Farms in the fall but also impressed with a podium finish at the RSM. 

J.T. Poston (8,100) - This Sea Island resident will be comfortable in the wind on a coastal track. Finished T20 here last year with four sub-70 rounds. 

Total salary: 49,800



Matt Kuchar (11,100): The defending champ at Waialae Country Club. It wasn't a shocker that he won as he entered last year with finishes of T8 or better in four of his last five Sony Open appearances with a T13 in the other. 

Marc Leishman (10,600): This has bee a very good event for him with 10 cuts made in 10 tries, six of those doubling as top 20s. 

Chez Reavie (10,000): A big bump in salary this week but he's still very affordable. Reavie has two top 10s in his last three trips to the Sony and a T18 in the other. 

Rory Sabbatini (9,400): Teamed up with Kevin Tway in December to win the QBE Shootout. Not the most telling pointer but at least we know he was staying sharp over the holidays. 

Webb Simpson (11,500): If you don't load up with JT then Webber is probably one of the key targets. He hasn't shown any signs of a decline in play so let's keep riding the wave. 

Doug Ghim (7,300): He's scored really well on a hole-by-hole basis, it's just a matter of avoiding the bogeys and doubles. Getting 2020 started on a classical design should help him as he doesn't rely on heavy-hitting to get the job done. A longshot pick here but he brings upside to the table and allows for chalky picks with the other five selections.


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Webb Simpson (45): Enters with top 20s in each of his last five trips to Wailalae Country Club. 

Hideki Matsuyama (46): Bucking the course history trend, we should get nice and low ownership on Matsuyama this week which is perfect for large-entry contests. With heavy winds in the forecast, we should see his ball-striking separate him from the field and likely grab his first top 25 at the Sony, as a result. 

Xinjun Zhang (26): Finished T25 here in 2018 and he's playing much better in the lead-up, this time around. 

Harry Higgs (27): Proved he can handle the coastal conditions with strong performances at the Bermuda, Mayakoba, and RSM. 

Doc Redman (27): One of the best young ball-strikers but he's also handy with the flat stick. 

Aaron Wise (29): Setting up base on the West, this isn't too far of a trip to make and I think he's ready for a rebound year after the sophomore slump in 2019. 

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.