For the second straight week, the world’s best men’s golfers will compete in Hawaii. This week they will compete in the Sony Open in Honolulu, Oahu after competing last week in the SBS Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui.
Last week in Kapalua, Justin Thomas of Louisville, Kentucky dominated the pack. He beat Hideki Matsuyama of Japan by three strokes after shooting a sizzling -22 over 72 holes. If you haven’t heard of Justin Thomas, it is now time you started to pay attention to the 23 year old product of the University of Alabama.
Thomas qualified for the SBS Tournament of Champions by winning the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 23. Just like this past weekend, Thomas beat Matsuyama by three strokes in Malaysia as he shot a remarkable -23 including two rounds where he shot -8. It was also the second straight year that Thomas won the CIMB Classic, as he also won in 2015 when he shot a -26 to beat Adam Scott of Australia by a stroke.
In addition to his win in Malaysia, Thomas also had three top three finishes on the 2016 calendar. He finished third at the Honda Classic, the Players Championship and the Travelers Championship.
Thomas will be competing again in Oahu this week and needs to be considered a favourite. He will however be challenged by his countryman Jordan Spieth, who like Thomas is 23 years of age. Spieth however just has the stronger resume to date as he is already a two-time Major champion, having won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015. There is already some talk that Thomas and Spieth could be paired together for the United States at the 2017 Presidents Cup in New Jersey in September.
Other golfers who should be considered in fantasy golf pools this week are Americans Bill Haas, Jimmy Walker, Brian Harman and Keegan Bradley, Marc Leishman of Australia and Justin Rose of Great Britain. Rose won the gold medal in men’s golf at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, while Leishman could also be a strong contender because of the similarities of the golf courses between Australia and Hawaii.
The 2016 Sony Open champion was Fabian Gomez of Argentina. Gomez beat Brandt Snedeker of the United States in a playoff.