The 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii is set for Jan. 9-12 at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Matt Kuchar ($9,900)
We're going slightly off the board with our top pick, mainly because Justin Thomas is just too pricy at $12K, and he coughed up a late hairball at the Sentry to nearly lose a tournament he had in hand. Kooch played decently on Maui, finishing in the top half of a limited field, and he's a horse for Waialae — in fact, he's the defending champion, posting a four-shot win in 2019 after shooting 6-under over the last 10 holes on Sunday. After a spirited run at a FedExCup in 2019, Kooch is primed to do a little points racing this week at a place where he's comfortable.
Brandt Snedeker ($8,600)
Sneds has been scarce of late — this is his first appearance since the Shriners in early October. But he's coming off a season in which he made it to the Tour Championship while showing his usual mastery of the greens and their immediate environs (3rd in SG: Around the Green and 12th in SG: Putting). Finished T16 at the Sony last year after shooting four rounds in the 60s. Brandt on Bermuda greens — it's a dangerous combination.
J.T. Poston ($8,100)
One of 21 players doing this year's Hawaii double, Poston was a solid T11 at the Sentry, where he posted four rounds of par or better under blustery conditions. He's not a bomber, but Waialae is a par-70 with only two par 5s, limiting the advantage for the field's rocket launchers, and Poston typically excels on the shorter tracks anyway. He can get hot with the putter, as he did at the Wyndham in August, where his final-round 62 gave him his first Tour win.
Andrew Putnam ($8,000)
Guess who's leading the Tour in SG: Putting this season? Yep, the same guy who finished solo 2nd at the 2019 Sony. In other words, he's the tasty combo platter of course comfort and putting prowess that you look for when you go island-hopping. Don't be alarmed by his lack of distance — as we mentioned, Waialae rewards pea shooters like Putnam, who was 18th on Tour in birdie average last season.
Sebastian Munoz ($7,900)
Another player who spent last weekend on Maui, Munoz is cooking up a tasty stat stew so far this season — 6th in SG: Approach the Green, 3rd in SG: Tee-to-Green, 7th in SG: Total. Already has a win and two other top 10s on the young season, and he finished in the top half of an elite field at the Sentry. Finished T10 at the Sony last year.
Ryan Palmer ($7,500)
The 43-year-old Palmer got some play for being the oldest player in the field at the Sentry, but age is just a state of mind for a guy who's riding three straight top 20s into Honolulu. His six top 10s last season were his most since 2014.