Sony Open Tips: Kirk can surf the wave of Monday 62 to score victory in Hawaii

Chris Kirk served up an 11-under par final round to show he is up for the challenge this week

Dave Tindall, who tipped Hyundai TOC winner Patrick Reed at 17.016/1 last week, brings us his each-way tips for the PGA Tour's Sony Open at Waialae

"Kirk put a new putter in his bag for that closing 11-under round on Monday and now, with the rust removed, he can throw in a big challenge here."


Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places 
                                                                               
Nap - Back Chris Kirk @ 21.020/1

The 29-year-old slightly blew his cover by shooting the lights out in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions but rather than lament the inevitable shortening of his price here we should cash in on the big hint that he's ready to win. 

Following that 62, Kirk offered up a string of encouraging quotes in his press conference: "Something kind of clicked for me on the back nine, hit a lot of wedges close."

"If I had putted well at McGladrey (he was T4), I would have won pretty easily there, I think. I was a little bit frustrated after the last three days, but never really felt like my game was that far off. It just felt rusty." 

Kirk put a new putter in his bag for that closing 11-under round on Monday and now, with the rust removed, he can throw in a big challenge here. 

The three-time PGA Tour winner got his eye in at Waialae with finishes of 30th and 38th on his first two visits and then stepped it up with a fifth in 2013 and a runners-up finish last year. 

Why does he thrive at the course? Let's have one more quote from the future Ryder Cup star: "I think it's a good right to left players' course.  I think here and Colonial are kind of two of my favourites of the year.  You kind of have to play the ball on the ground a little bit, get firm and fast greens and small greens, so you've got to have a good short game, too.  I think all those kind of things together plays into my hands a little bit."
 

Next Best - Back Charles Howell @ 34.033/1

Yes, we all know that CHIII doesn't win but this is an each-way preview, right?! And if that's the case it's hard to overlook his astonishing record at Waialae. 

Six times in the last 10 years, each-way thieves would have collected as Chucky Three Sticks racked up finishes of 8-3-2-MC-5-4-MC-2-53-3. Go back a little further and you'll also find a fourth in 2002. 

Admittedly, seven top fives without turning one of them into a victory is telling but one day he might get his reward. 

It wasn't long ago that many refused to believe that Jimmy Walker would ever win and, although his slip-up on Monday isn't exactly great timing to disprove the theory, let's not forget that JW is now a three-time Tour winner.  

Howell plods on and an 18th and 14th in two of the Fall Series events at the end of 2014 is enough evidence to suggest he can turn up in Hawaii and gain his now traditional place on the top echelons of the leaderboard.

 
Outsider - Back Matt Every @ 101.0100/1

Every looked rather like a startled rabbit when hitting the front in this event in 2012. 

Uncomfortable in front of the press, who were still keen to bring up indiscretions of the past, halfway and 54-hole leader Every saw a winning chance slip away from him on the final day. 

Eventually the circuits of 66-64-68-72 added up to a sixth place finish but marked him down as a player to watch. Rounds of 71-69 weren't enough for the American to make the cut at Waialae the following year but he was back in the Hawaii groove again 12 months ago when finishing tied eighth (69-65-69-67). 

This year he'll arrive with a bit of extra sharpness and stamina having played in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the first time and carded a decent pair of three-under 70s on the weekend.

Every punched his ticket there with a one-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational so his game and experience of dealing with the media has gone up a notch. 

Some might say the Oasis fan is still a flaky customer but, with a bit of luck, we'll wake up on Monday to ask what's the story and find it's morning glory for Every at 100/1.

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