See below as we run through the main golf tournaments this week – the Sony Open and the South African Open.
This includes facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson with odds from 32Red.
- Waialae Country Club, Hawaii
- First staged in 1965
- Defending Champion: Matt Kuchar
OVERVIEW: The first full-field event of the calendar year, the Sony Open is often for starting point for many PGA players in their calendar year.
A big field is teeing off in Hawaii, with a lot of big names entering the fray. Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed lead the way, whist Matt Kuchar returns looking to defend the title.
— Laura Prior (@lfpalabama) January 8, 2020
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN
- Randpark Golf Club, South Africa
- First staged in 1903
- Defending Champion: Louis Oosthuizen
OVERVIEW: One of the biggest events in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the oldest tournaments of its kind in the world. It is also one of the first chances to seal a place in The Open as it is one of the Open Qualifying Series.
Local players are very strong, with the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Erik van Rooyen, whilst Louis Oosthuizen is the defending champion.
— SA Open (@SAOpen_Golf) January 8, 2020
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
2020 is here and we have a couple of great looking events here.
So, lets look at Hawaii with the Sony Open – a really good looking event with some big names. I think Matt Kuchar the defending champion will do well, and him to finish top-ten is one of my picks.
As for a winner pick, I am going with Hideki Matsuyama as I think he is in for a fantastic year.
In the South African Open, although it is part of the European Tour I don’t see anything but a home win and I think Louis Oosthuizen could very well do it again, but I also think Zander Lombard will do well and can at least be top-five