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Sony Open betting preview: Six golfers you’re backing for Hawaiian glory

Rory's all loved up. Tiger's hibernating until Torrey Pines on January 23. But there's no shortage of top players teeing it up in Hawaii this weekend.

by Sean Goff | January 8, 2014

Hawaiian shirts meet ridiculous pants at Waialae Country Club on Thursday and Zach Johnson is looking for back-to-back wins in America’s 50th state.

Johnson shot to No. 7 in the World rankings after a one-shot win from Jordan Spieth in the Hyundai Tour of Champions last weekend. But six shots covered the Top 10 and with Major winners Adam Scott (8/1) and Jason Dufner (20/1) in the chasing pack ready to tee it up again – this ain’t no gimme.

Here’s the six best-backed players with Paddy Power – as of 3pm Wednesday afternoon – who are offering 1/4 the odds the first six home. 

1. Zach Johnson 10/1

Never far from a pair of Ray-Bans Johnson is looking for his 12th PGA Tour win at the weekend after his Hyundai victory. Mugged Tiger Woods late last year in the Mutual World Challenge play-off. The hottest shot-plotter on Tour at the moment.

2. Jason Dufner 20/1

Worked harder over Christmas than a reigning US PGA champ should have too – perhaps with one eye on the Ryder Cup in September. Finished T13 and T11 in December at the Mutual World Challenge and Franklin Template Shootout before finishing T5 behind Zach Johnson last week at the Kapalua Resort.

3. Adam Scott 8/1

Masters champion Scott plays his last tournament before taking a six-week break. A four-tournament smash up in his native Australia at the end of the year saw him post  two wins, a second, and a third Down Under. Has a second and missed cut to his name in his last two visits here and was T6 last week.

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4. Jordan Spieth 16/1

The new kid on the block became the first teenager in 82 years when edging Zach Johnson out in a play-off at the John Deere Classic.  Johnson got his revenge last week but Spieth would become the youngest dual winner on Tour if going one better at Waialae.

5. Brian Gay 40/1

Despite a poor finish to 2013, Gay shot a combined 11-under par in his final two rounds at the Hyundai last weekend. Won the Humana Challenge this time last year and has been T31 and T6 in this tournament for the past two seasons. Usually peaks early in the season before the many troughs.

6. Harris English 22/1

Lost his Tour virginity in the Fed Ex St Jude last June before doubling his Tour wins in the rain-sodden OHL Classic last November. Finished ninth here last term.

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