We are back. Welcome back to another season of PGA OAD picks brought to you by the guys at FSD. Last year was a ton of fun and hopefully the weekly picks helped you all out. This season we are 5 strong with returners Kevin, Jesse, Rob and myself, but we also add Michael Ruvolo to bring even more golf knowledge to the crew. The OAD picks start this week with the first full field, cut even of the 2020 season, the Sony Open. There’s a ton of course history when getting ready for this event, but this week we also have a lot of wind which could make things really wild. Let’s see who the guys like this week with the 2020 Sony Open PGA OAD Picks.
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Welcome to the “official” start of the 2020 Golf Season. The Sony Open tees of Thursday at Waialae Country Club. Some of you know I’m a BIG course history truther so I’ll be big on past performance here.
It appears those who do well here do real well. Those who don’t, well they don’t…immediately I’m drawn to JT, Webb, CH III, Kuch, and the walking Hershey kiss (Chez).
JT won last week and will be high owned in my opinion. He’ll be more valuable in an event with a higher purse. Webb is solid but I’ll pass. A Top 3 amongst a handful of T13 cuts him. Kuch won last year and I don’t like picking guys to repeat. CH III has decent history but I’ll hold off here.
Chez Reavie has 14 straight rounds in the 60’s here. I know it’s a par 70 but damn…several top 10’s here and 14 straight sub par rounds do it for me. Especially for a guy I won’t consider much later. Gimmie the Hershey kiss, poop emoji, here in Hawaii. Just hope he doesn’t melt in the warm Hawaii sun.
Best of luck!!!
Michaell Ruvolo (@MichaelRuvolo)
Colin Morikawa– I don’t think he will ever be this low in odds again this year. He played the TOC, finished top 20 and lost strokes putting last week. Fits all the narratives for the Sony Open. Gained 3 strokes on approach at the TOC and it appears to be windy again this week. Give me Morikawa looking for an early win on the season.
Rob Trayah (@AllDayEvery365)
Sebastian Munoz – Can you smell the ocean? Can you see the sweeping landscapes of Hawaii? Can you hear the majestic story telling of Mark Rolfing? *record scratch* Golf is back! Justin Thomas had a nice win over Patrick Reed to open the season with his ToC crown, and heads over to Honolulu as the odds on favorite. We’re going, however, with a guy who played will in the swing season, Sebastian Munoz. There’s no reason to put emphasis on stats after a longer break at this point of the season and just have to go with talent or course history.
Munoz played well in the “Fall Swing” with a win and a 3 to go along with his play last week at the ToC, where he finished T17 at -3. However, taking a deeper look at his scores, he was five-over his final two holes on Friday, leading to his only round over par. He putts well on Bermuda as evidenced last week with four rounds in the positive and can make birdies in bunches. He also fits the mold of playing in the ToC and finishing T20 or better. With a lower purse, I’m going to save some of the bigger names for later in the year and take Munoz.
Well golf is back. For the next about 800 weeks in a row we get to watch, sweat, and mostly tilt golf. My strategy this year is going to be to get as many cuts through as possible. I’m sure most of you are on the GC OAD, which is single entry this year, so expect the winning $ amount to be lower than it has been in years past. For the Sony Open I have debated taking JT, as the last time he won in Maui he also won the Sony, but I think I will save him for a Major and/or higher winning amount tournament. So instead, I am taking Sung Jae Im. If you listen to the Always Pressing Pod weekly you know how much Bubba and I talk about him and how I think he will have a great year. The difficulty of this tournament is most of these guys have been off for over a month. I’m made a really strong appearance at the President’s Cup and is coming off a great year for a rookie. I do like the 22-1 odds you can get on him at most books especially if you can parlay that with something to get it up over 1000-1. Best of luck to everyone this year.
Well, it’s good to be back with another year of PGA OAD picks. It was nice to take it down, well for this article last season, but I know the competition will be fierce once again this season. I will be taking Joaquin Niemann this week. I absolutely loved what we saw from Niemann at the TOC. He played great in the wind on Saturday and the first 2 rounds this week look to be super nasty with wind. Niemann is an up and coming stud who is ready to break out in a big way and I expect Niemann to stay hot with a great finish at the Sony.