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Yahoo Golf Talk: Sony Open in Hawaii

by Josh Culp
Updated On: January 13, 2021, 2:11 pm ET

The Aloha Swing continues this week as the TOUR hops over to Honolulu to take on Waialae Country Club. 

Waialae CC features bermudagrass putting surfaces. That tends to perk up the ears of any golfer that grew up in the Southeast. 

It's also a classical design which means doglegs and plenty of less-than-driver holes to force golfers into proper course management. One stat I'm going to attach to course management is bogey avoidance. 

Looking at bogey avoidance and putting performance on bermuda, we might be able to pluck out a few diamonds from the rough. 

Bermuda Putting

I talked about bermuda performance yesterday but what about putting on bermuda greens specifically? 

These golfers have been the most consistent at gaining strokes putting on courses with bermuda greens, over the last two years: 

Patton Kizzire
Andrew Putnam
Harris English
Matthew NeSmith
Brendon Todd
Nate Lashley
Webb Simpson
J.T. Poston
Peter Malnati
Billy Horschel

Patton Kizzire ($20): We saw Harris English hold down the top spot on this list last week and that turned out pretty well. Can Kizzire follow in his footsteps? If we look at Kizzire's track record at the Sony then the chances only improve. He is 2-for-4 at Waialae Country Club with a WIN in 2018 and a T13 in 2019 (missed cuts in his other two trips). The Auburn product also ended the fall with four straight top 33s. Not bad for a min-priced option. 


Bogey Avoidance

Waialae Country Club is less about flash than most courses on TOUR. 

If you keep the ball in front of you on this classical design then the birdies will flow in bunches. That means the easiest way to stay in contention is to just avoid the blemishes. 

Here are the most consistent bogey avoiders, over the last six months (minimum of 20 rounds).  

Russell Henley
Kramer Hickok
Webb Simpson
Pat Perez
Roger Sloan
Matt Jones
Hank Lebioda
Michael Gligic
Nick Watney
Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink ($26): The father-son duo has been a perfect pairing for the Cinks as Stewart's son continues to caddie for him. Cink added distance during the fall but that hasn't made him more erratic. He's still one of the best in the field in avoiding bogeys. Good course management plays a big part in that. That should continue this week at Waialae Country Club, a course that he's seen 16 times, posting top 45s in 10 of his last 13 visits. 

Hopefully these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo! 

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