PGA tour betting action on Thursday will start at 12:00pm EST with the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii odds from the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The Sony Open will tee off on January 13th and run through the 16th with a total purse of $ 990,000 USD and will be offering 500 FedExCup points. Ryan Palmer is the defending champion but online sportsbooks have opened with Steve Stricker 8/1, Jim Furyk 11/1 and Ernie Els 12/1 as betting favorites in PGA Tour predictions while Palmer is listed as a betting longshot at 50/1 in 2011 Sony Open odds that can be seen on Sirius XM and the Golf Channel.
Stricker is obviously the betting favorite in PGA tour odds for the Sony Open since finishing in the top five in the past three out of four years. Stricker currently sits in 4th place of the FedExCup with 123-points and $ 286,500 in prize money after finishing tied for fourth at Kapalua and looks to be a safe bet in PGA Tour predictions at 8/1 odds. Jim Furyk is the second choice in 2011 Sony Open odds in Hawaii at 11/1 after finishing in Maui with a 72-70 for a 278-total but started 10-under. Furyk is currently in 9th place of the FedExCup standings with 75-points and $ 162,000 USD after finishing tied for ninth with Jason Day (33/1) at Kapalua last week. Earnie Els is the third choice in PGA Tour predictions at sportsbooks and is the handicapper’s choice to win in 2011 Sony Open odds in Hawaii.
Hard to argue the fact when the South African has won twice with a second place finish at Waialae Country Club in the past eight years. Els couldn’t quite find his putting last week in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions finishing tied for 17th with Tim Clark (33/1) and received 54-points to land him in 16th place of the FedExCup standings with $ 87,000 in prize money. Els ranks a miserable 30th this year in putting average but if he can find the greens and put some rounds together, he could give backers something to cheer about as a 12/1 longshot in Sony Open odds. Other notables that will tee off in Hawaii on Thursday include; Matt Kuchar 16/1 and Adam Scott 18/1 with Robert Allenby and Charles Howell III as 25/1 longshots.
2011 PGA Tour Predictions: Ernie Els 12/1