Action Report: Corey Conners Very Popular Ahead of Sony Open in Hawaii

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Corey Conners watches his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament in San Antonio, Saturday, April 1, 2023.
(AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jan 10, 2024, 1:15 PM

While the PGA Tour season kicked off last week at The Sentry, since it was a PGA Tour signature event, it only had 59 players.

The first full-field event is this week, with the Sony Open in Hawaii from Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

A total of 38 players made the short trip from Kapalua and are in the field this week, including Ludvig Aberg, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Sahith Theegala.

Two others – Corey Conners and Brian Harman – are among the most popular at the BetMGM online sportsbook.

As of Wednesday, Conners is drawing the second-most handle (9.9%) on the most tickets (8.2%). Meanwhile, Harman is pulling in the most handle (13.4%) on the fourth-most tickets (5.1%).

Conners, who has seen his golf betting odds drop from +3300 to +2800, has a great track record at Waialae Country Club.

He has logged four straight top 12 finishes at the event, including a T-3 in 2019. 

The course is a much better fit for Conners, and other shorter hitters, than the Plantation Course last week, as it is much narrower and places more of an emphasis on iron play. 

Harman (+2000, down from +2500) is similar to Conners, where he’s not one of the longer hitters on Tour but is excellent with his wedges and irons. 

He hasn’t had as good of success at the event as Conners, but did finish T-4 in 2018.

Playing last week also gives these two, and the others, an advantage as they aren’t dealing with a long layoff and are adjusted to the new time zone. 

Conners, J.T. Poston (+3300) and Harman are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Brian Harman – 13.4%
  2. Corey Conners – 9.9%
  3. J.T. Poston – 8.6%
  4. Chris Kirk – 6.8%
  5. Ludvig Aberg – 6%

Tickets

  1. Corey Conners – 8.2%
  2. Sahith Theegala – 5.6%
  3. J.T. Poston – 5.5%
  4. Brian Harman – 5.1%
  5. Chris Kirk – 5%

Poston finished T-5 a week ago and has a decent track record at this event. 

Si Woo Kim is the defending champion. He has +4000 odds to win and is drawing 2% of the tickets and 0.9% of the handle.

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”