Fantasy Aces: Sony Open in Hawaii

(From left to right) Steve Stricker, David Toms and Rory Sabbatini.

(From left to right) Steve Stricker, David Toms and Rory Sabbatini.

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PosNameTodayThruScore
1K.J. Choi-4F-5
2Robert Allenby-25-4
T3Scott Langley+2F-3
T3Luke Donald-2F-3
T3Billy Hurley III-2F-3
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WEEK 2, MATCH 1: Jim McCabe ($245,000; 1-0-0) vs. Jeff Babineau ($755,000; 0-1-0)

JIM MCCABE

Best bet: David Toms. With the season so young, it’s hard to measure anyone’s form, so let’s rely upon track records. A win, three top 10s and nothing worse than a T-13 in five appearances at Waialae CC is good enough for me, so here’s a nod to a guy who has broken par in 16 of his 20 rounds at this tournament.

SBS Championship

Site: Honolulu

Course: Waialae Country Club (7,044 yards, par 72).

Purse: $5.5 million.

Winner’s share: $990,000.

Ace up my sleeve: Rory Sabbatini. It’s hard to cool down when you remain in tropical conditions and travel just a 35-minute flight from a round of 10-under 63, so let’s throw some support toward a guy who has finished second at the Sony twice in the last four years.

• • •

JEFF BABINEAU

Best bet: Luke Donald. Hits it straight, can play in the wind and has had some success at the Sony. A good start gets him off and running in a Ryder Cup year.

Ace up my sleeve: Rory Sabbatini. When he boarded the plane to take the short trip from Maui to Oahu, nobody was hotter. This is a good ballstriker’s venue and Sabbatini fits that bill.


WEEK 1, MATCH 2: Lance Ringler ($230,500; 0-1-0) vs. Sean Martin ($1,328,333; 1-0-0)

LANCE RINGLER

Best bet: Steve Stricker. He was slow out of the gate last week at the SBS Championship, but closed well with 68-66. Add last week’s Saturday-Sunday scores to four career top 10s at Waialae and a No. 4 ranking in the Performance Index and I like my chances with Stricker.

Ace up my sleeve: Jerry Kelly. Lets go ahead and make it an all-Wisconsin week. Jerry Kelly has played very well on this golf course - only missing the cut two times in 12 starts. He also has a win in 2002 and seven top 15s at Waialae.

• • •

SEAN MARTIN

Best bet: Steve Stricker. Stricker shot 12 under over the final two rounds at the SBS Championship to tie for 10th. Waialae, site of this week’s Sony Open, is better suited to Stricker’s game. Stricker, who led the Tour in proximity to the hole from between 50-125 yards (14 feet, 10 inches), has a strong record at the 7,068-yard Seth Raynor design. Stricker tied for 23rd last year and tied for fourth in both ’08 and ’07.

Ace up my sleeve: Rory Sabbatini. A hard-charging Sabbatini almost won the SBS Championship with a final-round 63. He finished a stroke behind Geoff Ogilvy, but has another good chance at victory this week. Sabbatini has finished second in two of the past four Sony Opens (2006, ’08). He also finished T-12 in 2009 and T-34 in 2007.


SBS Championship field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 4. Steve Stricker
  • 9. Zach Johnson
  • 10. Retief Goosen
  • 11. Luke Donald
  • 19. Sean O'Hair
  • 21. Tim Clark
  • 23. Ernie Els
  • 24. David Toms
  • 27. Jason Day
  • 28. Kevin Na
  • 30. Lucas Glover
  • 31. Robert Allenby
  • 33. Justin Leonard
  • 35. Y.E. Yang
  • 37. Dustin Johnson
  • 43. Ben Curtis
  • 44. Matt Kuchar
  • 46. Brian Gay
  • 50. Stewart Cink
  • 57. Boo Weekley
  • 58. Jonathan Byrd
  • 59. Jerry Kelly
  • 60. Stephen Ames
  • 61. Chad Campbell
  • 62. Bob Estes
  • 63. Davis Love III
  • 64. Vijay Singh
  • 65. Cameron Percy
  • 67. Woody Austin
  • 69. Jason Dufner
  • 72. Mark Wilson
  • 73. Justin Rose
  • 75. Jeff Overton
  • 76. Michael Letzig
  • 77. Angel Cabrera
  • 78. Pat Perez
  • 85. Charles Howell III
  • 87. Scott McCarron
  • 91. Rory Sabbatini
  • 93. Tom Lehman
  • 95. Bryce Molder
  • 96. Tom Gillis
  • 97. Nick O'Hern
  • 98. Bubba Watson
  • 104. Jeff Klauk
  • 108. Brian Davis
  • 110. Matt Jones
  • 114. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 115. Blake Adams
  • 121. Chris Baryla
  • 122. George McNeill
  • 123. Chris Riley
  • 125. Bo Van Pelt
  • 127. Marc Leishman
  • 131. Harrison Frazar
  • 134. Chris Tidland
  • 135. Ryuji Imada
  • 136. Charlie Wi
  • 137. Chad Collins
  • 140. Ted Purdy
  • 142. John Rollins
  • 145. Jeff Gove
  • 150. Henrik Bjornstad
  • 151. Cameron Beckman
  • 152. Stuart Appleby
  • 154. Paul Goydos
  • 155. Bill Haas
  • 157. D.A. Points
  • 158. Scott Piercy
  • 160. Garth Mulroy
  • 165. Roger Tambellini
  • 166. Daniel Chopra
  • 168. Briny Baird
  • 170. Troy Matteson
  • 172. Tim Petrovic
  • 174. D.J. Trahan
  • 175. John Merrick
  • 176. K.J. Choi
  • 178. Brett Quigley
  • 182. Nathan Green
  • 185. Webb Simpson
  • 187. Richard S. Johnson
  • 190. Graham DeLaet
  • 196. Corey Pavin
  • 199. Michael Allen
  • 200. Kaname Yokoo
  • 203. Mark Calcavecchia
  • 206. Derek Lamely
  • 210. Justin Bolli
  • 211. John Huston
  • 224. Matt Bettencourt
  • 232. Wen-Chong Liang
  • 233. Josh Teater
  • 242. Rich Beem
  • 245. Joe Ogilvie
  • 246. Tim Wilkinson
  • 255. Jeff Quinney
  • 259. Spencer Levin
  • 261. Dean Wilson
  • 264. Omar Uresti
  • 265. Brian Stuard
  • 272. Carl Pettersson
  • 279. Nicholas Thompson
  • 280. Ryuichi Oda
  • 281. Johnson Wagner
  • 286. Alex Prugh
  • 290. Brendon de Jonge
  • 292. Steve Lowery
  • 294. Jimmy Walker
  • 306. Shigeki Maruyama
  • 307. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 310. Mathias Gronberg
  • 313. Ryan Palmer
  • 317. Jeff Maggert
  • 336. Chez Reavie
  • 338. Jerod Turner
  • 340. John Daly
  • 343. Ricky Barnes
  • 344. Daisuke Maruyama
  • 346. Kris Blanks
  • 355. Troy Merritt
  • 366. Jay Williamson
  • 442. Rich Barcelo
  • 453. Kevin Johnson
  • 456. Jesper Parnevik
  • 484. Roland Thatcher
  • 520. Parker McLachlin
  • 565. Marc Turnesa
  • 597. Brenden Pappas
  • 694. Brad Faxon
  • 696. Greg Kraft
  • N/R. Shane Bertsch
  • N/R. Jim Carter
  • N/R. Martin Flores
  • N/R. Rickie Fowler
  • N/R. Tadd Fujikawa
  • N/R. Aaron Goldberg
  • N/R. Kevin Hayashi
  • N/R. Billy Horschel
  • N/R. T.J. Kua
  • N/R. David Lutterus
  • N/R. Nick Mason
  • N/R. Cameron Tringale
  • N/R. Chris Wilson
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