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Top 10 Fantasy Golfers For Sony Open

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Tournament: Sony Open

Date: January 10-13, 2013

Location: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu Hawaii

Course Par: 72

Past Winners: Johnson Wagner (2012), Mark Wilson (2011), Ryan Palmer (2010), Zach Johnson (2009), K. J. Choi (2008), Paul Goydos (2007), David Toms (2006), Vijay Singh (2005), Ernie Els (2004), Ernie Els (2003)

Hole to Watch:

Hole #12 – The 12th hole may seem like a normal par 4 on the scorecard, but in the tee box it is a completely different story. It has a giant lake hugging the left side of the fairway and a deep forest residing on the right side. This is one hole that will torture the tour pros, so don’t be surprised to see a couple golfers searching in the woods this weekend for their ball.


Last weekend’s Hyundai Tournaments of Champions in Hawaii was an utter disaster. The season opener was interrupted by nonstop gusts of winds, that topped out at 40 MPH, along with the occasional scattered showers in paradise. Everyone will be hoping that the weather is much clearer this weekend for the Sony Open, especially fantasy golf fans.

This weekend will host a giant assortment of athletes. As always, there will be a large number of veterans attending the event, but there will also be 23 rookies attending the event. There will certainly be some great sleepers to keep an eye on this week in Waialae.

To you get ahead of your competition, here are my top 10 fantasy golfers for the Sony Open this week:

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10. Zach Johnson

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Zach Johnson – Johnson won the event in 2009, but yet is still being undervalued in Hawaii this week. Don’t let this veteran pass you by, because he has as good of a chance to win as anyone.

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9. David Hearn

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David Hearn - Hearn cracked the top 10 here last year and Waialae is one of his personal favorite courses on the entire tour.

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8. Matt Kuchar

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Matt Kuchar – Kuchar amazingly finished fifth in the event in 2011, so the veteran will certainly be worth keeping an eye in fantasy drafts. Kuchar is a great sleeper to watch for down in Hawaii this weekend.

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7. Webb Simpson

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Webb Simpson – Simpson’s 13th place finish last weekend was a bit of a disappointment, but then again not many people shot well in the monsoon on the Plantation last weekend. Expect Simpson to have a much better showing in paradise this week.

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6. Carl Pettersson

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Carl Pettersson – Despite all the attention Pettersson drew for his comments about belly putters, the big man still had a strong showing last weekend, as he finished eighth in the Hyundai Tournaments of Champions. The veteran has certainly showed he is still worth being on tour.

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5. Brendon de Jonge

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Brendon de Jonge – BDJ placed tenth in this event last season and will be severely undervalued this weekend. He will be a great sleeper to grab after some of the bigger names come off the board.

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4. Tim Clark

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Tim Clark – Clark was co-runner-up at the tournament in 2011 and since he finally recovered from his elbow surgery, expect Clark to have a strong showing this week.

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3. Dustin Johnson

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Dustin Johnson – DJ came up huge last weekend, as he won the rain-shortened Hyundai Tournaments of Champions with a score of five under par so he will be playing with extra confidence this weekend.

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2. Keegan Bradley

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Keegan Bradley – Bradley tied for third last weekend at the Hyundai Tournaments of Champions and has started his 2013 season off strong. Keegs is the future of US golf and is showing it in each tournament.

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1. Charles Howell III

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Charles Howell III – Howell III finished second here in 2012, fifth in 2010, and fourth in 2009. He has shockingly never won the event and is probably more overdue than anyone else on the tour considering he shares the course record of 62 from a round back in 2002.