Sony Open Hawaii 2015 - DraftKings Tiered Picks

I’m in a tizzy over here, the salaries just came out for the Sony Open 2015 in Hawaii for the PGA and yesterday’s tourney ended just yesterday. I feel like I’m running in circles to get this out in time for this weeks daily fantasy golf contests.

Lets recap my terrible week from last week. The 2 guys I put on every ticket, Ogilvy and Senden did not come through at all. They stunk. I actually had one ticket that late in the day on Monday was sitting in 40th place and then the Patrick Reed Craziness happened and it finished in 600th. What a finish! All my tournament tickets were crap, but I lucked out by fluke on the 1 50/50 ticket i played and broke even. It was a Jimmy Walker Ticket and I was just lucky and I’ll tell you why. I entered a 50/50 just to see salaries early in the week and I forgot to cancel it. I thought I entered a $27 entry and I really was being quick and not reading, turned out it was a $270 entry fee. Yes, I wasn’t paying attention at all. So when I checked it after round one, I realized my mistake. Then I looked at whom I was facing. Not just 7 players, but some of the best overall daily fantasy players around. Dinkpiece, Bretfavre444 whatever he calls himself, SamENole, Notorious and others. I was in tough but even with Jimmy Walker missing the win in the playoff, I still managed to win. I was kicking myself and I was sweating it. Lets all have a short memory of last week and find our way back to the winners circle this week. Personally, I’m disgusted with myself and feeling quite low. I feel like I just ate 5 big macs and large fries in one sitting. Only research will cure my blues. So here we go!

The DraftKings salaries are out for our weekly tiered picks selections and let me just say this, WOW! $16,000 for Jason Day and all the way down to Garrett Okamura at $2800. I’ve never seen such a thing. The crazy thing is this……. In my one sample team I made for myself, just to see how salaries can fit, I still made a team with Jason Day that I liked. There are a whole slew of players that are sub 8000 that are pretty good quality with interesting history. It’s going to be a wacky week and I can’t wait to see the percentages on some players. This will be the longest tiered list that I’ve ever made. I apologize, kinda…… not.


Jason Day – He’s $16,000 and I’m considering him for my team. Why? First, he can win anywhere. He finished strong last week and most importantly, there are many cheap guys that i like this week, so it is possible to fit him on your teams, even at his astronomical price. And it is astronomical.

Jimmy Walker – He won here last year and he just lost a heartbreaker at the Hyundai. He’s playing well, and like Jason Day, you’ll still be able to make a solid squad with his high price.

Matt Kuchar – He hasn’t had the perfect cut record that some others have had, but his last 3 trips here have all been top 10’s. He has the RBC Heritage correlation on his side with quite the record there. He’s got the overall game to contend every week. A discount to the top 2 with the same ability.

Chris Kirk – He finished up really strong at the Hyundai with an 11 under par final round. He’s one of the hotter players on tour with 2 top 5’s here in his last 2 trips. Hard to ignore.


Zach Johnson – He’s coming off a strong tournament and has won over this terrain before. He plays well at both correlation courses and is very accurate off the tee. This is going to be a really tough week to make decisions.

Russell Henley – Yes his salary is high, but he won here 2 years ago and is coming off a strong finish at the Hyundai. Accurate off the tee and a great overall game. I’m already feeling the pressure. How do we get them all on one team?


Tim Clark – I can’t believe his price, but it’s hard to ignore his record over this course. He’s a top 25 machine here and plays well over the correlation courses too. He’s a definite horse for the course. Is his price too high for the risk? Find a way to get him on your squads.

Charles Howell 3 – Here’s another horse for the course in Charles Howell The Third. His record here is impeccable. His record on the correlation courses are also impeccable. He was the most highly owned player at the OHL Mayakoba and then he missed the cut. Just like Clark, Is his price too high for the risk? Because he still is Charles Howell. However, can he miss 2 cuts in a row on 2 of his favourite courses? Likely not.

Marc Leishman – Like the above 2 players, Leishman likes it here. I can’t knock you for taking him, but his price is hefty and he needs to be mentioned. Of this group of players, I’d probably lean on Leishman most because I feel he will be lower owned and he’s a tad cheaper. But you can’t go wrong with all 3.


Kevin Na – I like to call Kevin Na, Zach Johnson Lite. They possess a lot of the same skills and excel in the same type of tournaments. So if you like Zach, you must also like Kevin Na. He’s accurate, has a deadly putter, and has excelled at one of the other Correlation courses. His record over this course has some missed cuts, but he’s also had some very high finishes. Even though I have a day and a bit to decide, I know he will be a core player on my teams.

Robert Streb – He’s been on a tear and you must respect his form. I really don’t have him as a guy that would excel here, but he’s just playing so well, that he should command some respect at a very nice price. He was a cut machine before this hot streak and a favourite of mine in the late summer. He may show up on a team of mine.

Francesco Molinari – I’m mentioning him out of respect. He’s one of the better ball strikers in the world. There is no history for him on any of these courses, and quite frankly I’m shocked he’s playing. Does this mean he’ll be spending most of his time in America this year? If Kevin Na is Zach Johnson Lite, to me, Molinari is Sergio Garcia Lite. His stats from last year are only from the biggest tournaments and they would translate to top 10 in driving accuracy and top 30 in GIR. At less than the average salary, you’re getting a very high quality international player. He obviously thinks this course suits his game, and I think you should keep him in mind for your tickets. The more I sit here typing, the more I’m really liking him. I just checked. 12 of 12 cuts on Tour last year. 7 top 25’s and 2 top 10’s. He’ll be on a lot of my teams as many will not have him due to never playing the course. Not too many first timers win over this course, 3 in its history, so he is a contrarian play for me.


John Senden – He’s just a solid all around player and it’s hard to knock him because he makes cuts. He didn’t play well last week, but that’s golf. He took a triple bogey on the first hole of the last round and he could have easily been mid pack. He’s a buy to be a cut maker in my opinion. He may find a spot here or there on my squads but there are many cheaper cut makers here, so he may not. Still thinking on him.

Jerry Kelly – Here’s another cut maker that has great history over this course. No, he’s not perfect here like some others, but he’s been pretty good with many high finishes and a win here about 10 years back. He’s also excelled on both correlation courses and is very accurate off the tee. A definite consideration at $7600.

Kevin Streelman – Of all the guys in Tier 5, Kevin Streelman is the one that I think is priced wrong. In my mind he’s an $8000 player in this field or upwards and he’s sitting at $7500. He has great history at the correlation courses and is very accurate off the tee. He’s made the cut here 3 times in 3 tries and 2 were a while ago when he wasn’t the player he is today. So he’s not on the high finish radar that others have at this place, but make no mistake, this course fits his game.

Chris Stroud – Quietly goes about his business and makes lots of cuts. He’s played well on all correlation courses and is accurate off the tee. Has 2 top 20’s here in 3 tries, so at $7300, he’s a nice guy to have on your squad.


Russell Knox – Again, a very high quality player that fits almost every category we’re looking for and he just is one of those solid cuts makers on tour. He made 80% of cuts last year and the fall season. For $7000, that’s a really nice guy to have on your squad.


Brian Stuard – Ok, here’s the big one for everyone out there. This guy has excelled on all correlation course,s and on this course he is 6th, 5th and 25th. His discount says that’ll be highly owned for salary relief. Is he a sure thing? No! in fact, he’s the furthest thing from being a sure thing. At the OHL he was priced at $9000 plus if I remember and he threw up a dud. A loud dud! But at this price, how can you ignore him.The biggest anomaly on the board in relation to the odds at many sports books.

Matt Every – He has 2 top 10’s in 3 starts over this course. He finished well last week after a rough first two days, so I take that as a sign he just needed to warm up. He’s cheap and has history.

Billy Hurley 3 – Plays well on correlation courses, with a half decent history in Hawaii. Cheap.

Jason Kokrak – His stats say he shouldn’t play well here, but same with Charles Howell 3. He’s played well on all correlation courses, not lights out good, but solid. He intrigues me because I have a man crush on him and I think he’s going to have a big year, but he also intrigues me because I think no one will take him this week. He is not a name people know or really talk about. Sometimes, it’s these contrarians that win you tournaments.

David Hearn – A cut maker and playing pretty well in the fall season. He’s the right type of player for this course and he’ll probably end up on 1 of my squads.

Pat Perez – He’s a cut making type of golfer that has an excellent history at this tournament as well as the correlation courses. He’s accurate off the tee and very cheap at $6000.



KJ Choi – a former champion, who has seen better days but must garner some respect at sub $6000.

Rory Sabbatini – Do you dare take Rory? His correlation courses and odd high finishes here say he may be worth the gamble. I’m still on the fence, but his price is enticing. I think his lack of cut making bothers me, but I might flip flop come Thursday morning. I’m mulling.

Daniel Summerhays – This is a course he should play well on. He hasn’t excelled here but he’s played well on other correlation courses and he’s just coming into his own. He loves to make cuts and he’s cheap. Do I have a man crush? I just might.

Spencer Levin and John Huh – Cheap with history over the correlation courses. I’ll think about them.

Blayne Barber – Tour rookie who finished the fall season with 2 top 10’s. Over shadowed by Tony Finau, but still a strong start. One of those courses was a correlation course. He’s on my mind.

Justin Thomas – Very interesting rookie who has already played well in the fall. He’s one of these short but accurate players that would thrive on a course like this.

Fabian Gomez – $5100, and never missed the cut. Plays well at the correlation courses. Can you say low end filler with upside? Yes, I just did.


Kenny Perry and Fred Funk – They are old but they can still play these short courses where accuracy is at a premium. Funk just took 9th at the OHL, a correlation course. Both very cheap and you should think about them. Funk’s record here is top notch.

So that’s this weeks very long tiered pick lineup for DraftKings.

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