Sony Open Free Pick: Kisner vs. Howell III

Charles Howell earned his first win in 11 years at the RSM Classic in November. He also had a T-5 finish at the CIMB Classic this fall and finished T-14 in a good showing last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the other Hawaiian island of Maui. Fourteen of the past 20 Sony Open champions at Waialae have played the week prior at the Tournament of Champions, and past history is always a precursor to finishes here.

Event: K. Kisner at C. Howell III
Date/Time: January 10, 2019 9AM EST
Play: C. Howell III (-145)

Only one first-time participant has ever won the Sony Open at Waialae. Howell is the epitome of horse for the course. He is third in all-time earnings here, making the cut in all 17 appearances with two 2nd place finishes, two 3rd place finishes, and two 4th place finishes. He is on a current streak of 19 straight rounds under par here with a scoring average of 67.0.

Kisner is a solid player but did not play much this fall. He only played two events, missing the cut at Mayakoba and finishing T-7 at the RSM Classic where Howell won. To finish last season, he was T-58 at the BMW, T-24 at the Dell Technologies and T-73 at the Northern Trust. Kisner ranked behind Howell in every major category last year except putting and driving accuracy. Howell was longer off the tee, much better in greens in regulation, scrambling, proximity to the hole and all the shots gained categories. Putting is obviously very important, but we all know it is a very streaky thing. Howell is putting well right now so the only advantage Kisner does have over Howell is not there at the moment.

Kisner bettered Howell here last year by one shot, T-25 (-10) to T-32 (-9) but recent form suggests Howell should earn the better result here.

3{84ccd47921e566787b7405b472ea36582b7bea78c60faedb5d55493d43c879f0} TAKE CHARLES HOWELL III (-145) OVER KEVIN KISNER (this is a Head-to-Head play on the total score of the tournament)


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