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While the new season of the PGA Tour starts at the tail end of the previous year, the Sony Open in Hawaii represents the first time that we get a full field of players out and ready to play. For some, this will be their first tournament of the new season, while others will have played a tournament or two in some far-flung locales.

The Sony Open will tee off on Thursday, January 10 at the Par 70 Waialae Course in Honolulu, with Patton Kizzire the defending champion at this event. All told, there will be 144 golfers starting on Thursday, all looking for a share of the $6.4 million purse and the 500 FedEx Cup points. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites for the 2019 Sony Open.

Justin Thomas +550

There is a reason why Justin Thomas is among the favorites for this one, which is that he has won here quite recently, taking home the check back in 2017. Thomas is off to a decent start this season, with a pair of top 5 finishes to his name. His best showing thus far was a 3rd place finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, all of which has helped him maintain his #4 world ranking. Justin is already angling in on close to a million dollars in earnings this season, so it looks as though the 2019 season might be another good one.

2019 Sony Open in Hawaii Justin-Thomas

Bryson DeChambeau +950

If any player on the tour is ready to make a big step forward and quickly become a household name, it may well be DeChambeau. He is coming off a career year in 2018, where he ended up with no less than 3 wins. He looks as though he might be on pace to top that mark this season, as he already has a win under his belt, with that one coming at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. He also has a top 10 finish besides that win and is now all the way up to the #5 spot in the world rankings, as well as sitting pretty in the FedEx Cup standings in the early going. DeChambeau is my pick to win this one.

2019 Sony Open in Hawaii Bryson-DeChambeau

Jordan Spieth+1200

It is perhaps more than fair to suggest that Jordan Spieth was disappointed with his performance in 2018. Spieth came into the PGA Tour like a bat out of hell, winning majors and generally looking as though he was set to dominate for the foreseeable future. As it is, he is now looking at trying to have some sort of bounce back year, but things have not started very well for him, as the two tournaments that he has played in thus far have not ended well. He was tied for 55th in one and missed the cut in the other. I’m not so sure he makes a major impact here.

2019 Sony Open in Hawaii Jordan-Spieth

Gary Woodland+1200

If you are looking for a player at good odds who has made a fantastic start to the season, then look no further than Gary Woodland. He already has a trio of top 5 finishes to his name, which includes a pair of back to back 2nd place spots. The most recent of those came last weekend at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he actually finished ahead of Justin Thomas, the tournament favorite here. Woodland is more often the bridesmaid rather than the bride, but he is a solid top 5 pick.

2019 Sony Open in Hawaii Gary-Woodland